Let’s face it. Organic and all natural mattresses generally cost more than your average conventional mattresses and are not as abundant so why bother? Here are 10 reasons why.
- Your body repairs itself at night so it makes sense to be in a pure space while it’s working.
- You generally keep a mattress for well over 10 years, so if you spend an additional $500, the incremental cost is less than $0.15/day.
- While you cannot control your office or other environments, you can make your bedroom a pure, safe haven; a mattress that doesn’t emit chemicals is a great place to start.
- Mattresses continue to emit chemicals throughout their life, so you are not protected if you have an older, conventional mattress.
- It’s a simple way to lessen the burden that chemicals place on your body in our modern world.
- If you bought your current mattress in 2005-2006 timeframe or earlier, it may have a form of PBDEs which is a fire-retardant chemical that has been studied extensively, proven dangerous and withdrawn from use in mattresses in 2005.
- In 2006, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) created stricter fire safety regulations. In order to meet the fire safety regulations, mattress manufacturers who use non-wool fibers began to use very large quantities of fire-retardant chemicals to meet the regulations. Read on about the toxicity of these chemicals.
- Fire-retardant chemicals can include Boric Acid, Melamine, Antimony Trioxide, Decabromodiphenyl Oxide (DBDPO), Formaldehyde, and Vinylidene Chloride (VC) and according to the US CPSC are deemed to be toxic at certain levels causing cancer, neurotoxicity and developmental and reproductive problems among others. See Table 2 of the Toxicity Summary of Fire Retardant Chemicals provided by the CPSC in its study. These exposures can be through skin absorption, inhalation or oral. At this point, you are probably wondering why the CPSC would approve of fire retardants that are known toxins. It’s simple. The CPSC set the “safe” daily and life time exposure levels much higher than the study’s reviewer and other US agencies including EPAs “safe” levels.
- The CPSC acknowledges these toxic, fire-retardant chemicals leach from mattresses through our sheets and are absorbed by our bodies. According to the 2006 study, we absorb .802 mg Antimony, .081 mg Boric Acid and .073 mg DBDPO every day. In addition, the study concedes that “the cancer effects [of inhaling Antimony] are cumulative. Every exposure contributes to the overall lifetime risk of developing cancer.”
- No labeling requirements exist for chemicals used in mattress production so consumers have no way of knowing which toxin they are absorbing or inhaling.
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