It has long been a mission of mine to tell readers of dangers in products that we don’t typically consider potentially harmful. Mattresses happen to be one of those products.
Beginning July 1, 2007, Federal Fire Retardant Regulations mandated mattress manufacturers to INCREASE their levels of toxic fire retardants, but DO NOT require them to list the chemical ingredients in the contents of the mattresses!
And what do these fire retardants contain?… boric acid, melamine, antimony and formaldehyde… all chemicals linked to cancer. Antimony alone causes heart muscle damage and (as much as I dislike testing on animals) a single dermal application has been fatal to laboratory animals. Additional tests on Memory Foam mattresses even detected 61 chemical emissions and off-gassing from a single mattress. Think about how many hours you spend sleeping on your mattress… every… single… night. All the while, you are inhaling these toxic off-gassing chemicals. I find it both frightening AND infuriating, especially where our children are concerned.
The ONLY answer is an organic mattress. They’re made of pure organic wool, 100% organic cotton covers and 100% natural latex cores, providing even BETTER fire retardancy than the chemicals… naturally! The reality is that mattresses do NOT need to be sprayed with chemicals to make them fire retardant; they need to meet standards for BEING fire retardant… and that’s exactly what you get with organic mattresses. They are chemical-free AND fire retardant!
When we purchased a new mattress for our son, we chose an organic mattress from Natural Bed Co. They’re the real deal… helpful, reliable and honest (unlike some other mattress companies our friends have had to deal with!).
If you’re in Northeast Ohio, you can visit their showroom but, luckily for everyone, they’ll ship nationwide! They have literally everything you could need for restful, peaceful sleep, WITHOUT harsh and harmful chemicals sprayed all over your mattress.
I truly suggest you bookmark this post for when you’re in the market for a new mattress and/or bedding. But I believe in Natural Bed Co. so much, there is also a clickable link in my sidebar that has taken permanent residence. Click and take a look… they have exactly what you need.
And by the way, you might be asking yourself if they’re affordable… well, I assure you, they are. And afterall, considering all of the hours you and your family spend sleeping on your mattresses, can you really afford anything except the safest (and healthiest) choice?