That Green Mattress!

It’s time to have a frank discussion.  About you and your mattress. It’s kinda personal.  You sleep with it every night.  But we think you need to give this relationship some thought.  That mattress is old.  It’s been collecting dust and body oil and grit and grime.  And…it has a huge dip in the middle after years and years of use.

We know, we know: Parting is such sweet sorrow.  And we also know that buying a new mattress isn’t a small decision.  Once you get over the break-up, there’s a lot to think about beyond price.

Most conventional mattresses emit VOC’s and are treated with flame-retardant chemicals, such as boric acid, silicone and phosphates. But a mattress produced using green materials and eco-friendly practices will keep you, your family and the environment healthier. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you consider buying your new, green bedmate:

-There’s More to Organic than Just the Name: Anyone can call a mattress organic if it contains some organic elements, such as organic cotton filling or fabric. Take a look at ALL of the materials used and if you see anything artificial, such as plastic or vinyl, take a pass on that particular mattress, as these products are likely covered in chemical fire retardants.

-Choose Mattresses Made with Wool: Pure wool contains natural fire retardant and anti-dust mite properties, allowing mattress makers to bypass the toxic chemicals they would normally use to make your bed resistant to fire and allergens.

-Natural Latex is Another Option: If wool isn’t your cup of tea, natural latex (as opposed to synthetic or latex blends) is safe for your health and will last for more than 20 years without breaking down or drying out.

-Look for Certified Labels: Just like EnergyStar appliances you know you can trust for energy-efficient refrigerators, televisions and computers, there are certain certifications, such as GreenGuard, Oeko-Tex and GOTS that let you know the mattress has been checked out by non-profits committed to bettering the environment and air quality. These organizations will recommend products for your entire home, including mattresses, that must meet stringent emissions standards. Take a look at the mattresses they recommend for a little peace of mind while you sleep in your brand new, eco-friendly bed.

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Sources:
http://greenguard.org/en/indoorAirQuality/iaq_chemicals.aspx
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-best-organic-and-ecofriend-127844

http://www.mommypotamus.com/how-to-buy-a-non-toxic-mattress/

http://www.mommypotamus.com/how-to-buy-a-non-toxic-mattress/
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https://gimmethegoodstuff.org/safe-product-guides/mattresses
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