A couple had waited anxiously for delivery of their new memory foam mattress, after months of hearing their friends rave about how this high tech material conforms to your body. When they received and un-wrapped it, they noticed a strong pungent odour. After only two nights of use and feeling very nauseated and one of them suffering an asthma attack, they decided to return the mattress. Unfortunately the odour lingered in their bedroom for weeks.
We hear these types of stories regularly and you will loose some sleep if you find out what’s really inside a memory foam mattress
Since the 1960’s, the majority of mattresses have been constructed of polyurethane foam, a petroleum-based material that releases volatile organic compounds that may cause skin and respiratory issues. Formaldehyde, commonly known as the preservative from science class, is used to form a bonding agent that holds these mattresses together and has been linked to asthma allergies and various cancers. In addition, there are cotton pesticides and flame-retardant chemicals that may cause cancer as well as nervous system disorders.
While PBDE, the polybrominated diphenyl ether family of chemical flame retardants have been phased out since they were banned back in 2007, mattress manufacturers still had to pass an open flame test of thirty minutes of exposure for any mattress sold in the United States. The exact ingredients in their formulations are considered trade secrets but it has been speculated that they still contain some potentially dangerous toxins such as antimony oxide (a carcinogen) and melamine resin (which contains formaldehyde).
In a 2005 study, Walter Bader author of the book “Toxic Bedrooms” shipped several mattresses to an Atlanta based test laboratory. One of the memory foam models was found to release sixty-one chemicals including the carcinogens benzene and naphthalene.
Now consumers are seeking out alternatives, including luxury mattresses made of natural latex, organic cotton and organic wool.
So should you ditch your conventional bed in favour of an organic luxury mattress?
We at Dormio Organic beds, use a simple natural way to fireproof our mattresses, by wrapping them with a layer of organic wool which is a natural fire retardant and exceeds the present regulations. These natural latex and luxury mattresses are also very durable and can last over twenty years and do not release any toxic chemicals. If there is a down side of these natural luxury mattresses, it is their initial investment cost but amortized over the lifetime, they represent a great value. In the long run it is cheaper to buy an organic mattress that lasts 20 years or more than to buy a few chemically laden mattresses that need to be replaced often. A Dormio organic luxury mattress is a worthwhile investment for peace of mind and a healthy night’s sleep.
Dormio Organic Beds, offers the largest selection of natural and organic mattresses and bedding accessories in Canada. We are naturally better.
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