We spend 1/3 of our lives in bed, but how can we sleep safely when the mattresses we use are full of toxic chemicals? Did you know that in the 1950s, mattresses were made from natural materials, like cotton batting? Unfortunately, mattresses today are made from petroleum-based materials that are linked with weakening the immune system and nervous system.
FLAME RETARDANTS IN MATTRESSES ARE LINKED TO INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE
Most mattress companies use volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to manufacture their products. These are known as Flame Retardants which are comprised of multiple harmful chemicals including, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), Firemaster 550, and more. Even the government warns about this stuff!
Often, these toxic chemicals will off-gas harmful VOCs which can cause headaches, difficulty breathing, dizziness and more. In fact, some VOCs are even suspected or known carcinogens.
Most Conventional mattresses contain more toxic chemicals than a 50-gallon drum of oil, including formaldehyde, benzene, and toluene.
A 2009 article in the New York Times pointed out that polyurethane foam, a primary component of traditional mattresses, is made from petroleum.
Additionally, companies often use glues to hold different layers together and keep fabrics in place. They can be found in memory foam beds and latex mattresses. Solvent-based adhesives can have upwards of 48 different toxic chemicals. These dangerous chemicals have been linked with cancer, organ damage, and endocrine disruption.
If you can afford an organic mattress, you can use a mattress encasement. A properly designed encasement completely envelops and seals the mattress and box spring, trapping chemicals and bed bugs inside. You can find it here
Organic mattresses are made without toxic chemicals and with high quality, natural ingredients.
Make sure to get a mattress that is GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) certified. (like this one)
GOLS certified- Global Organic Latex Standard Ensures that the certification is for the ENTIRE mattress. To achieve GOLS, the product has to contain at least 95% certified organic raw material.
I highly recommend buying these mattresses here. – organic latex mattresses They are one of the first in the world to make a Beyond Latex slow response organic foam that mimics the benefits of memory foam without the chemicals.