Shopping for a new mattress can be an intimidating experience. It seems like there are so many mattress brands to choose from, and it can be dizzying to find the one that's right for you. Before you go mattress shopping, let's talk about why most mattresses on the market these days are toxic. Did you know that most mattresses are full of lots of toxic chemicals?
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)For example, many beds – even many beds labeled as green or natural – are made from high-density polyurethane foams (often referred to as memory foam). These foams are made from petroleum and emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). According to the EPA, VOCs can cause a wide range of health problems, such as eye, nose and throat irritation; headaches; skin allergies; nausea; fatigue; dizziness; liver, kidney and central nervous system damage; and even cancer.
MoldPopular memory foam beds, like the Tempur-Pedic brand, often cause mold issues. Read Happy Mothering's experience with mold and a Tempur-Pedic mattress.
FormaldehydeFormaldehyde is often found in the the adhesives that holds mattresses together. Formaldehyde has been linked to asthma, allergies, and lung, nose and throat cancers, and can also cause fatigue, skin rashes and severe allergic reactions.
Flame RetardantsTo meet a Federal Law that requires mattresses to put themselves out after having 39 lit cigarettes and blow torches held to the top and side for 30 seconds, many mattress makers use chemical flame retardants. Flame retardants have been linked to cancer, reproductive problems and impaired fetal brain development.
Boric AcidMany mattress manufacturers use boric acid – a pesticide often used as a roach killer – in the lining of their mattresses. Acute boric acid exposure can lead to skin blistering, convulsions and even coma. Long-term exposure has been linked to neurological and developmental problems, and inhalation could cause upper respiratory tract damage.
PesticidesAccording to the Organic Consumers Association, 25% of all the pesticides used in the US are used to grow cotton. Many of these pesticides are known to be carcinogenic and cause reproductive problems in animals. Residues from these pesticides remain in your mattress and other bedding after they're made and delivered to your home. Fortunately, there are ways you can avoid all of these toxic chemicals in your bedroom.
Why You Should Choose a Naturepedic EOS Organic Mattress
If you're looking for a new mattress, consider the Naturepedic EOS organic mattress line. Naturepedic mattresses don't contain any of the harmful ingredients found in conventional mattresses. You can read Happy Mothering's review of the Naturepedic EOS mattress too, but here are some key points to keep in mind.
Certified OrganicThe Naturepedic EOS line is not only non-toxic, but organic too. Unlike other companies who may use some organic ingredients, the entire EOS mattress is certified organic to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Additionally, all latex is certified to the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS).
Naturally Flame RetardantIn addition, the Naturepedic EOS organic mattress does not contain any toxic flame retardant chemicals or flame retardant barriers. That doesn’t mean it’s flammable though! It naturally meets and exceeds all federal and state flammability standards. Naturepedic does this by using a design that does not use any petrochemical foams.
CustomizableOne of the unique qualities of the Naturepedic EOS organic mattress series is that it's customizable. You get to choose the firmness level for each side of the bed. There are four levels of firmness: plush, cushion firm, firm and extra firm. Cushion firm is the most popular level. If you choose the wrong level, you have 90 days to exchange the comfort inserts for free (and only pay for shipping). Even if you change your mind after 90 days, you can still order new layers and change the support or comfort of your mattress without having to replace the entire mattress.
Shipped to Your HomeYour Naturepedic EOS Standard Mattress will arrive packed in boxes - the California King, for example, comes in four boxes. It's so much easier than going store to store, shopping for a mattress, then trying to get it home. Now you can go on the Naturepedic website and order your mattress, and it will come right to your door. Read more about what makes Naturepedic organic mattresses different here.
Win a Naturepedic EOS Standard Queen MattressReady for your chance to win a Naturepedic EOS Standard Queen Organic Mattress valued at $2,599? Enter via the widget below. This giveaway is open to the US only and will run through May 26, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST.
Please contact Chrystal with all questions about the giveaway, or to learn how one can be organized for your brand.