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Memory Foam Mattresses May Sound Cool But Are They Safe? Read This Before Considering a Memory Foam Mattress

memory foamMemory foam mattresses have gained quite a bit of popularity in the last few years, its conformity to your body and relieving pressure points have been major selling features. It is important to understand the chemicals involved in creating this type of foam and what the potential health implications of the chemicals may be towards our health. Many popular mattresses advertise the use of memory foam as a selling point, this open cell, temperature sensitive, petroleum based chemical polyurethane foam often claims origins with NASA research. Some of the ads make reference to astronauts using it in space. This of course is absurd since they would be sleeping in a weightless space. NASA never used this product because of its off-gassing. Some companies even claim that they have organic memory foam, making this claim even more absurd. Memory foam differs from conventional polyurethane foam in that it uses a high-hydroxy polyol and different isocyanates. The formula for this material also utilizes surfactants, cell opening polyols and additives. Memory foam is extremely flammable and it must be soaked in chemicals such as boric acid or polybrominated diphenyl ethers to reduce the flammability. These chemicals have not been evaluated for their short term or long term health risks. Boric acid has become a standard method of reducing flammability of cotton fibres. In order to ensure even distribution and adherence to the cotton fibres, the boric acid is ground into a very fine powder prior to application. Now keep in mind that boric acid is a known poisonous pesticide and insecticide. This chemical is known for many health risks including genital damage, brain damage, anemia, infertility and birth defects. One agency in the USA reports that “breathing moderate levels of boron can result in irritation to the nose, throat and eyes. Reproductive effects such as low sperm count were seen in men exposed to boron over a long period of time. Why expose yourself to this?

A safe and healthier alternative to memory foam mattress is a latex foam mattress. While memory foam is created from a mixture of chemicals, latex foam is made from the liquid taken from a rubber tree, it has no chemical compounds. A Due to the flammability of memory foam, it is impossible for it to be truly organic; boric acid is needed to be used to reduce the flammability. Our organic latex mattresses meet flammability standards by using wool beneath the exterior cover. Wool is a natural fire retardant and does not require additional chemicals treatments. We use organic wool to pad the latex foam mattress and then use organic cotton to cover the wool. This mixture of organic components leads to truly organic latex mattresses which are superior in quality and comfort.

Dormio has come a long way in creating the ultimate healthy sleeping experience. Our organic latex mattresses come in 5 different latex densities, different thicknesses of carded wool and types of cotton.  This allows us to create a range of organic mattress types and feel, the difference is we create this without the use of chemicals.

Dormio Organic Beds has a wide range of organic mattresses and sleeping products for adults, children and babies. We are firm believers in not only having a comfortable sleep but more importantly a healthy one. Your mattress should not have the potential to be harmful to your health and all consumers should do their due diligence in understanding what their mattress is made of. If you are looking for latex mattresses in Toronto or the GTA, then be sure to visit our Mississauga showroom and experience a nap on our organic mattresses.