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How to Choose a Non Toxic Mattress

Choosing a Non Toxic mattress (and why it’s important)

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Are mattresses really toxic?

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Does it really matter?

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What’s hiding in your mattress?

You might think I’m crazy; you wouldn’t be the first to think so. Or maybe you are aware that mattresses can be toxic, but you’re probably having a hard time trying to figure out which non-toxic mattress is good for you? To make it easier for you, we are going to share our knowledge that we acquired over the years, and have found solutions to avoid being ripped off by fancy online marketing gimmicks.

Good sleep is very important – it is as important as eating healthy and doing exercises. We know this because our organic family customers share their experiences during the mattress processes. We had a mother who had five babies in the space of 9 years – she had series of insomnias during this period, and it really affected her health. She 38 now and trying really hard to be a very healthy and a strong mom. She got tired of sleeping on a conventional top mattress brand (hated it) after using it for 11 years, and I was ready to look for a very comfortable and safe mattress.

The importance of sleep

  • Improves brain functionality – During sleep, your brain organizes and stores information. A good sleep will help you store and remember information you have learned. It also promotes creative thinking. Cool, isn’t it?
  • Improves Emotional well-being – A good sleep helps you keep your emotions in check, you have more patience, you socialise easily and adapt to changes a lot better.
  • Physical Health – Good sleep is vital for your physical health. During sleep, healing and repair of blood and vessels take place, thereby decreasing risks of heart diseases and high blood pressure. Good sleep also helps reduce the risk of obesity, supports healthy development, and improves the immune system.
  • Hormonal balance – Good sleep helps to maintain a good balance of the hormones in your body. Thyroid, adrenal glands, insulin (which is responsible for blood sugar levels), and other hormones tend to function properly when you get a good sleep.

The chemicals hiding in mattresses

Most of us spend a big chunk of our time in bed. Although this is no good news, you need to know that there are chemicals present in most of these conventional mattresses which we inhale in big doses. You would think that the chemical exposure reduces the older the mattress gets, it doesn’t! It is very important to know what these chemicals are, because some of them can cause asthma, hormonal imbalance, increase body toxicity, and cause allergies. Here are some of the chemicals:

  • Flame retardants (PBDE) – As a safety requirement, all mattresses are required to have resistance to open flames. To meet this requirement, most companies use fire retardant chemicals like Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). PBDE gives off toxic gases into the surrounding/human bodies, and these gases enter the surrounding air, house dust, and even food. They accumulate in the human body and can cause serious health issues. Because of its toxicity, PBDEs has been banned in many European countries.
  • Formaldehyde/Melamine resin – Formaldehyde is a chemical used in making building materials and household products. It exists in various forms; it is colourless, has a pungent smell and is flammable. Formaldehyde is present in adhesives which are used in the manufacture of mattresses. It is also in the manufacture of flame retardants. When formaldehyde is present in the air at low levels, some people may have health issues like burning sensations, watery eyes, skin irritation, coughing, and nausea. Formaldehyde has also been classified as a probable human carcinogen and associated with certain types of cancer.
  • Boric acid (hydrogen borate) – Boric acid is a mild acid of boron and is mostly used as roach killers. It is present in mattresses as a powder put into cotton fibres, which is meant to make the mattress insect resistant. However, if inhaled/swallowed, boric acid can make you vomit, cough, wheeze, and have difficulty in breathing.

More chemicals in baby mattresses:

Antimony – Although it is difficult to believe that anyone would hurt a baby, antimony is commonly used in making cot mattresses (baby mattresses). It is a metalloid and is used in making PVC coverings. These coverings have been found to be the primary source of potentially ingestible antimony in the baby mattress environment. Body fluids (urine, sweat, saliva) and domestic detergents have been found to enhance the leaching of antimony from PVC. Babies who die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have been found to have high levels of metal in their bodies. It is so sad to know that our babies sleep on toxic beds that could kill them. Babies who sleep face down or on their stomachs are at higher risk because they will breathe the gas in directly (and it can be a lethal dose). If you cannot afford a nontoxic mattress, ensure you prevent this dangerous gas from reaching the baby by covering all the sides of the mattress and making the bed with pure cotton sheets.

The effects of chemicals in a mattress:

  • Sleep Disorders – Although only few look for help, 1 in every 5 Americans suffer from a sleep disorder.
  • Autism – Researchers have found out that genetic and environmental factors (like heavy metals and chemicals present in mattresses and surroundings) may be responsible for autism.
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) – According to new researches on SIDS, a toxic sleeping environment may the major contributing factor.
  • Respiratory Illness – Toxins present in some mattresses are known to cause respiratory illnesses like asthma, cough, etc. and also increase the severity of these illnesses.
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) – Studies have shown that there is a strong connection between poor sleep and ADD/ADHD.
  • Cancer: From PVC coverings, roach killers, to flame retardants, chemicals used in the production of these mattress components have been found to be carcinogenic.

Nontoxic Mattress guide – choosing the right one:

  • Memory Foam (Viscoelastic) – Memory foams are manufactured using extra chemicals to make them extra flexible. Try as much to avoid buying it even if the manufacturer claims to have had it certified.
  • Off-gassing – Avoid buying a new mattress that has a strong smell. Don’t let the seller fool you by telling you it’s normal, it isn’t. In fact, it is a sign that there is a presence of chemicals and off-gassing. Make sure the mattress you choose doesn’t smell at all.
  • Not all “Organic” mattresses are safe – Not all organic mattresses are the same, some are manufactured using chemicals as their flame retardants. So before you buy that expensive organic mattress, make sure the flame retardants are made of natural materials.    Hint – A genuine, health-conscious mattress company makes use of natural materials as their flame retardants instead of chemicals.
  • Foam adhesives – Most manufacturers are not truthful about the nature of the adhesives they use in the manufacture of their mattresses; they all claim the adhesives are “natural” or “non-toxic”.

What about Latex Mattress?

Latex materials used in the production of a latex mattress are of two types – the natural latex made from tree sap, and the synthetic latex which is a blend of latex and chemical fillers. Both are manufactured through a Dunlop or Talalay process. Some companies claim that the Talalay is superior because it has longer lasting latex and a softer feel, but this depends on the purity and manufacturing process. Some companies mislead the consumer by cutting down the cost of production, some mattresses are a combination of organic and synthetic latex. A near 100% natural Talalay mattress queen size is between $1,999 – $3999 depending on the thickness, purity of the latex, and materials used for the mattress cover. If you’re buying the latex mattress because of health issues, make sure you get the near 100% natural, some companies claim to be absolutely 100% this is misleading, there needs to be some adhesives in order to form the sap from the rubber tree into natural latex layers.

Non Toxic Mattress

The most important things to look for when buying a Non-toxic mattress:

  • Materials used in its production are non-toxic, chemical-free and there is no out-gassing
  • Look for GOTS Certifications and OEKO-TEX® | STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®
  • Mattress is extremely comfortable and supports pressure points
  • Promotes spine, neck, and back alignments.
  • Gives a good night sleep
  • No smells
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Are There Volatile Organic Compounds Vocs in Your Mattress

Are There Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) In Your Mattress?

So are conventional mattress, all latex mattresses, and memory foam mattresses toxic? Are chemicals and VOC’s found in mattresses safe? Can volatile organic compounds vocs be avoided in an affordable way?

We at Natural Mattress Matters over the years have seen a number of different complaints from customers about different foams mattresses. In addition, we are able to visit the variety of different foam manufactures and see what it takes to make different foam mattresses. So we’re able to share a lot of what goes into making foam mattresses, the good and the bad.

Natural Mattress Matters believes in providing customers only the most pure foam available on the market.

If you’re looking for a healthier mattress we’re a good place to start. Natural Mattress Matters mattresses have been tested for VOC’s!

By-the-way, you’re not alone with your concerns.

What Are Volatile Organic Compounds VOCs?

When manufacturing a mattress and most of the other items found in our homes, the chemicals used contain volatile organic compounds. VOCs refer to a Hazardous airborne chemical that anyone can easily inhale.

According to a study conducted by U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), volatile organic compounds typically originate indoors. The indoor levels can kick off at 2 to 1,000 times higher than outdoor VOCs. Presently, there may be between 50 to 100 types of VOCs in the air and inside of your home, right now. You might be able to smell some while others are completely odorless.

HEALTH EFFECTS OF VOC EXPOSURE

In order to fully predict just harmful exposure to VOC can be to your health, factors like how frequently you’ve been breathing it in, and how much of the chemical is present around you have to be calculated.

Recent studies reveal that prolonged exposure to VOC can be dire for asthma patients and for people who are sensitive to chemicals. Also, breathing in low levels of VOCs for long period of time could weaken your immune, therefore, increases your risk of getting ill. VOC is not “one size fits all” it contains different chemicals and all of them has the chops to cause its own damage.

Possible VOCs symptoms such as:

Acute exposure (short term)

   On and Off Headaches

   Dizziness

   Throat, eye and nose irritation

   Nausea/vomiting

   Worsening of asthma symptoms

 

Long-term exposure

   Central nervous system damage

   Cancer

   Kidney and liver damage

When talking about worst case scenario, how bad could it really get? Well, this is it: Long-term exposure to some VOCs could lead to Cancer, Kidney, and Liver damage.

Common VOCs in households include:

   Polybrominated diphenyl ethers. These are flame retardants that have a connection to hormonal changes and reduced fertility. They also have connections to hyperactivity, lower birth weight, and lower IQ in children.

   Formaldehyde is a preservative that’s also used as a glue in mattresses. This chemical can irritate your skin, nose, and throat. It presents an increased risk of wheezing and coughing.

   Polyols bind polyurethane foams and create bulk. Some polyols come from natural sources such as soybeans and they are mixed with other chemicals. However, most come from petroleum. Benzenes is a known carcinogen that occurs naturally in petroleum.

   Toluene diisocyanates. These make foam more flexible. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) view these as a potential carcinogen.

Volatile Organic Compounds Vocs in Mattresses

DIFFERENT WAYS OF CHEMICAL EXPOSURE

  1. Inhalation
  2. Ingestion
  3. Dermal absorption.

 

IS THERE AN ACCEPTABLE LEVEL OF VOCS?

The industry certainly has a level that they believe is acceptable, but if we were to ask a mother of a child. What is an acceptable level for your child to be breathing in chemicals? The answer is obvious, no mother would like one bit of it around her baby.

If you have even the slightest worry about the level of VOCs in your mattress, again the answer is really simple, switch to natural latex mattress immediately.

WHO IS AT RISK OF VOC EXPOSURE?

Everyone could be exposed to VOCs, but its how we build our home environment that ultimately is the most important environment since we spend most of our time in homes. Each and every one of us is at risk of inhaling, ingesting or absorbing them. Exposing yourself to VOCs puts you at risk of breathing it in absorbing or ingesting them. People with a respiratory problem, asthma, and chemical sensitivities including the elderly and children are in more danger.

VOCS AND OFFGASSING

Outgassing commonly refers to as off-gassing is the process of releasing VOCs into the air, from the chemical into your mattress. That strong odor that comes with new memory foam mattresses is due to the VOCs and chemicals used when processing your mattress. These VOCs, when dispersed into the air in your home that you inhale every day, are a source of potential harm.

YOUR MATTRESS and Volatile Organic Compounds Vocs

For most people, they can fall asleep anywhere. But the question is how safe or how healthy is the mattress your are sleeping on. Conventional mattresses are loaded with skin cells and dust mites, making them toxic and unhealthy for you.

Your mattress may also contain chemical flame retardants. Chemical flame retardants are used in manufacturing mattresses and they are kind of legendary for containing hazardous toxin chemical that you inhale in when sleeping or laying on the mattress.

That new bed smell – off-gassing odors – may smell harmless or even pleasing to some people but trust me, it’s anything but that! As we have learned they can trigger asthma attacks, upper respiratory discomforts and in the worst case can cause cancer, kidney and liver damage.

When it comes to choosing a mattress that’s best for your health, follow this rule of thumb; the fewer toxin chemicals it harbors’ the better. Organic mattresses is the best way to star with near 100% natural latex purity and therefore should be your new best friend when shopping for beddings for your home.

WHY CHOOSE AN ORGANIC LATEX MATTRESS?

We spend almost half our lives sleeping, so it’s not really a surprise as more people are seeking a healthier way of sleeping. Organic mattresses and beddings have become like the Uber of a healthier lifestyle.

Organic mattress is the answer to a question like “Is it possible to find a mattress that isn’t filled with questionable chemicals?” Organic mattress is near 100% natural latex and the purity can not be compared to other foam beds. Natural Mattress Matters beds are completely eco-friendly and can on average last for up to 15-25 years. Even if you are not conscious about the environment, an organic mattress can save you a lot of money while keeping your living space safe. Another huge benefits that is often missed with eco-friendly mattresses is the comfort that is offers. Sleeping on natural talalay latex is an amazing feeling.

TRADITIONAL MATTRESS

Traditional mattresses contain memory foam, gel foam and innerspring beds with different fiber and foam layers. The traditional mass produced bed is processed with synthetic materials like polyurethane foams, vinyl, press board, polyester fabrics, etc. And to pass the fire test, they are usually processed with harmful flame retardant that can be extremely hazardous to your health.

ORGANIC MATTRESS

An organic latex mattress is manufactured and processed with near 100% natural latex – which is a fancy way of saying that it contains no blended foams, no toxic fillers, no dyes, no carcinogenic adhesives, no toxic chemicals and no pesticides.

NATURAL MATTRESS

Natural mattresses have a foot in both worlds. It is manufactured and processed with all natural materials such as organic cotton, natural wool and certified natural latex. Avoid buying conventional mattress with Volatile Organic Compounds Vocs and visit our website https://www.naturalmattressmatters.com for all information on organic mattresses.

PROS OF CHOOSING AN ORGANIC LATEX MATTRESS

Switching and choosing organic bedding over traditional mattresses has unlimited health and environmental benefits. If you truly desire a healthy living space, an Organic mattress is the only choice for you and your family.

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NATURAL SLEEP GUIDE TO ECO FRIENDLY MATTRESSES

Natural Sleep: Guide to Eco-Friendly Mattresses

Whenever a new idea hit the marketplace, by morning there will be more than a dozen knockoffs. The eco-friendly mattress is not an exception. How can you be sure you’re not buying the knockoffs? This natural sleep guide eco friendly mattresses should shed some light on the bedding industry and the various forms of marketing gimmicks. After all you want to be sure you are not buying the knockoff type of eco friendly mattress.

Well, that’s why you’re here, isn’t?

To make an informed decision. With the right information, the chances of you falling for the posers are extremely slim. And you can finally be able to have a good night sleep while keeping your home and mother-earth a little safer.

Natural Sleep Guide Eco Friendly Mattresses

If you’re not truly sold on the “whole eco-friendly mattress thing” and looking to be convinced on why to go green, how about your health – how much does that worth to you? Conventional beds have been proven to contain synthetic chemicals that create toxic off-gassing, which has been linked to adverse health effects.

The government can only do so much – congress have passed the bill that requires mattress manufacturers to pass the frame-test but this is not enough to stop companies from confusing us with pretty words and fleshy marketing gimmicks. Chances are that you’ve probably experienced this purchasing a number of products.

Bedding manufacturers may be slick with words and try to stretch the truth but as the saying goes “labels don’t lie”. Look beyond the vague claims and dig for the specifics. Make sure the label answers questions like, What is the mattress made from? How were the materials grown or obtained? What types of certifications does the mattress have?

MATERIALS IN ECO-FRIENDLY MATTRESSES

Naturally, the components that are used in manufacturing organic mattresses are made from familiar sources. Recycling natural waste like wool, cotton, and latex. These products have been cycled in the ecosystem for millions of years. And naturally processed.

Because artificial synthetic materials are new to the environment, it is not habitat to any organism. Most of the time these synthetic materials are really harmful to humans and the environment. Haa! Who would’ve thought, what is good for the environment is good for humans J?

The following materials are the ones you’ll most commonly see in eco-friendly mattresses:

Plant-based foams: Polyurethane foams are manufactured with plant-based material to replace a section of synthetic ingredients as they provide more environmentally friendly alternative and are usually more affordable than latex.

Natural Latex: Natural foam is processed using latex liquid, usually from organic, sustainably harvested trees and minimal additive. Blended latex is used often by manufacturers, but it uses a blend of synthetic, petroleum-based polymers. Its always best to look for purity of 95% + for natural latex or organic latex.

Environmentally friendly mattresses

Recycled Metal: Springs are made from recycled metal raw resources.

Sustainably-Harvested Wood: Mattress foundations are processed using wood from ethical sources contributed less to deforestation and habitat destruction, or come from plantation-harvested sources.

Wool: Wool is natural by nature. And sources that are GOTS certified organic must avoid pesticides and have stricter animal treatment guidelines to keep producing a healthier and more sustainable product.

Bamboo: This fast growing grass can be broken down and turned into fibers for fabrics. While the fibers don’t naturally occur, the source is highly-sustainable and can be grown using eco-friendly methods.

Cotton: Cotton being the most abundant natural textile is very popular in mattress covers and batting. Mass grown cotton is usually processed with insecticides and agricultural chemicals. Organic cotton, on the other hand, contains less toxin, which is safer for the environment and the end product.

Eco Friendly Mattresses

Flame Retardants

Since the Congress passed the bill, all mattress manufacturers are now required to pass the fire resistance test to legally sell in the U.S. This means that the mattress lines must be able to withstand a flame for 30 minutes. And because of this, manufacturers use different materials to ensure their mattresses can pass this test, usually harmful synthetics.

Using natural materials like latex and wool can meet the flame retardant test and this allows mattress manufacturers to keep the harmful synthetics out of the mattress while still complying with the safety laws.

OTHER FACTORS TO CONSIDER

There are other factors that play a role when trying to determine the sustainability of a mattress. Some companies have found an alternative transporting method in order to minimize emissions that come with fossil-fuel based transportation. In addition, bedding companies have recently address eco friendly facility certifications. This is certified with GOTS program. Natural Mattress Matters is proud to offer eco friendly facility organic mattresses.

It comes down to quality over quantity. If you’re given a choice of buying two less quality mattress that might not last the same amount of time as the durable one manufactured to last, which are you going to go with?

TYPES OF ECO-FRIENDLY MATTRESSES

Here’s the thing; eco-friendly mattress may be superior over other mattresses in the marketplace but that’s not to say they can’t compete if they truly want to. By making a few changes to the key components they can be made environmentally friendly. For instance, instead of synthetic fibers, they may use cotton, wool, or other natural products for fabric and padding. Foams can be made from plant-based oils and latex rather than petroleum.

If they truly desire to, any type of mattress can be made natural or organic if manufactured and processed correctly. It’s not rocket science, all the manufacturer needs to do is; listen to the consumer. It’s not so hard, is it?

 

ECO-FRIENDLY MATTRESS SHOPPING

When the time comes to shop for organic bedding, follow this rule and you’ll be OK; Look at the labels and ask questions when in doubt. It’s been proven that plant-based beddings are not only healthier but more sustainable than petroleum materials, however, don’t let that stop you from for instance asking questions like how the source materials are grown. It pays to be a little discriminating especially when it concerns your health and the environment. We hope this natural sleep guide eco friendly mattresses has helped in distinguishing what truly eco friendly is.

We all have a different budget and blowing your budget trying to get the best bedding might not be what is best for you. The truth is, the most expensive mattress might not necessarily mean the BEST. When shopping for a sustainable mattress, the internet is your best friend. As the buyer you already know the qualities that are most important to you, combine this with a little research and you will be golden.

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Can I Sleep On Latex?

With latex bed being the entire rave, it has attained the recognition as green and non-toxic mattress substitute. However, how about the individuals with latex allergies, should they be worried? And that’s exactly what this article is dedicated to; can you sleep on latex foam beds if you have latex allergies?

LATEX ALLERGIES

If you’re allergic to latex, you’re most likely aware that most latex allergies and latex sensitivities are a reaction to proteins that occur naturally in botanical latex. OSHA’S revealed that “Potential for Sensitization and Possible Allergic Reaction to Natural Rubber Latex Gloves and Other Natural Rubber Products, latex contains over 60 protein-based allergens.” Due to the process of manufacturing latex gloves, condoms, catheters, and other medical materials, these proteins remain in the finished latex product.

Natural Latex

At the mere touch of these rubber gloves, this protein can be contacted. When the gloves are removed they’re released into the air and can be breathed in. This invites allergies in to present as localized skin reactions, respiratory symptoms from asthma to sneezing and coughing, and in rare cases of hypersensitivity as anaphylactic responses like swelling and the closing of airways. At Natural Mattress Matters are natural latex mattresses go though a process where the proteins are removed from the natural rubber, minimizing the allergic reaction. In addition, the customer who is buying latex mattress is not actually touching the latex while sleeping.

Sleep On Latex Mattress

A LITTLE NRL BACKGROUND

Natural rubber latex – short for NRL – which is mostly used in medical supplies as rubber gloves are produced through a cold-dipped vulcanization process. The end product is high elasticity rubber and a closed cell structure. Distinctively, the vulcanization methods employed in the manufacturing of a foam latex mattress creates well-built foam with an open cell structure.

THE POINT BEHIND THE CHEMISTRY

Due to the process of producing thin, stretchy NRL products like latex gloves, proteins are retained in the product. In addition, the creation of latex foam used in mattress results in an open-cell structure. With this open structure, some of the proteins that cause allergic reactions can be washed out of the latex foam structure in the extensive washing process carried out by mattress manufacturers.

WASHING PROCEDURES

After using either Talalay or Dunlop Latex creation process to produce a block of latex foam, it is then forwarded to a five-stage washing process where it is washed multiple times. The open cellular structure of foam latex is used as a sponge so that the water can spread in every space in the latex.

With a tool like massive metal rollers, the block is dried out and compressed. When you combine the open cell structure of latex foam and the washing process, you’re ensured the complete removal of protein from latex to avoid allergic reactions. This ensures that you sleep on latex with a peace of mind knowing that you have a natural and healthy mattress.

ADDED LAYERS OF PROTECTION

Where there is smoke, usually there is fire. All latex allergies are typical as a result of straight contact with the proteins in the mattress. Although most people don’t come in direct skin contact with their mattress every day. You usually sleep on a mattress cover and a sheet and almost always wear a pajama.

Remember that most natural beddings are covered with a harmful flame retardant in order to pass the federal laws on mattress safety. With latex and organic mattress, the allergies exposures are almost non-existence because the barrier is usually a layer of natural, high quality, and minimally-processed wool fibers, which have a high flame resistance when tightly compressed. Our organic Mattress company uses GOTS certified organic cotton mattresses covers with this certification you know that the materials are pure and natural as possible.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LATEX ALLERGY SUFFERERS

If you’re dealing with latex allergies, a latex mattress is a safe bet for you, especially if you’re suffering from minor skin reaction when exposed to medical-grade latex. However, on the occasion that you suffer from rare latex hypersensitivity which can result in life-threatening anaphylactic shock, please consult your doctor before buying any of our recommended organic mattresses.

A HYPOALLERGENIC MATTRESS

When searching for the safest latex mattress for allergy sufferers, think botanical latex. With a latex mattress, you don’t have to worry about mold, mildew and dust mites. The benefits of natural latex mattress not only outweigh the risks but it actually helps put your mind to rest without breathing in those toxic chemicals from memory foam and other foam mattresses.

Another safety measure will be to use a mattress cover and hypoallergenic bedding designed to contain any allergens, just to be on the safe side. If you’re not totally sure on whether you have a latex allergy – although FDA estimates the potential for an allergic latex reaction among members of the general public at less than 1% – we advise you order a sample of latex foam and take it to your allergy specialist to confirm. Remember, this is your health we are talking about here, you can never be too careful. Sleep on Latex Mattresses has never been easier – just a few clicks and you can have a latex mattress by Natural Mattress Matters.

Can You Sleep on Latex Bed?

Now that you are armed with the correct information, it’s time to start shopping for your Latex Mattress. Hopefully, we have addressed some of your concerned with this blog post when looking for “latex mattresses” or natural foam mattresses.

 

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Shopping for a Green Mattress

Shopping for a Green Mattress?

 

Green Mattress

Not just the environmentalists, the vast majority worry over our world lately that it perhaps has reached a critical point. There has been an enthusiasm for eco friendly products and this has been able to pan the focal point of commercialism and the crop of goods we intend to carry to our homes. It is no different with our beds, we all like to have a green mattress or eco friendly mattress in our bedroom.

What is a Green Mattress?

The word “green” is unregulated and subsequently tends to be abused by folks who are just looking to make a profit. With clever marketing gimmicks and fleshy sales signs over the website, online mattress companies mislead the consumer in thinking they purchased an green “organic” mattress. It’s essential to carry out a thorough research whilst buying a green mattress. Since the term green is not regulated the bedding companies might have a different idea what green is compared to the customer. It is important to look for mattress companies or retailers that are know to have a sound reputation and that can back up their claims with proper certifications.

Mattress Certifications

Having the knowledge of the kind of certifications a natural mattress possess and precisely what those certifications signify is crucial when shopping for a green mattress or eco friendly mattress.

At Natural Mattress Matters or SpringLeaf Mattress Collections have a GOTS certified organic cotton covers. GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) is an outstanding and most notable certifications in the business. Some mattress companies might claim to have 100% organic cotton, but behind the cover could a poly fabrics within the cover. They usually do this in order to save on the cost – organic cotton and poly fabrics have a totally different pricing base. Cotton is known to be one of the highest treated crops with chemicals, so getting a 100% organic cotton cover can be expensive. As you can image mixing the cotton with other materials is beneficial to companies who are looking to cut corners.

Green Foam Mattresses

Natural Mattress Matters strives towards meeting and exceeding the high certification that we carry and adding more certifications in the near future. Our SpringLeaf Bliss Mattress Collection can be called Green foam mattress, because we only use the finest and most natural materials available. However, we choose to call it our brand name SpringLeaf and we detail the materials in the description (natural latex, wool and organic cotton).

Organic Materials

Organic and natural materials are another prerequisites while shopping for non toxic beds. As initially specified, we abstain from utilizing toxic chemicals. Our philosophy is simple if we can’t sleep on that mattress, we are not going to sell it to our customers. The truth is that these toxic chemicals found in the conventional Flame Retardant barriers can have harmful consequences, especially by inhaling these nasty chemicals over longer period of time. In addition, we believe in an eco friendly environment and we don’t want to see our earth damaged by these toxic beds that are sold. That is why we try to educate our customers on what conventional mattress due to our Planet. Conventional mattresses sooner or later wind up in landfills, off-gassing and causing issues for years after you’re finished sleeping using it, and not to mention while using it.

If at this point you are think, I don’t wish for my green mattress to be the cause of any of that, then its time purchase a real green mattress at Natural Mattress Matters.

Organic Cotton

All our Green Mattress covers are made from 100% organic cotton and are not treated with toxic chemicals compared to our competitors.  As mentioned earlier, the cotton business is famous for its overwhelming utilization of pesticides. These dangerous chemicals could have the potential to damage your indoor purity of air that we all enjoy.

You would certainly not prefer to consume an apple that has been showered with chemicals, so for what reason would you need to sleep one-third of your life or 8 hours night on a toxic mattress?

Breathing in and being in constant touch with these poisons is capable of prompting a number of medical problems, for example, infertility, developmental brain disorders, and even cancer.

Natural Wool

For our natural flame barrier instead of chemical flame retardants we utilize natural wool batting. We even go a step beyond and make sure the sheep are treated the proper way and are free roaming.

Wool is quite a resourceful and valuable material. It enhances air movement and by no means cause overheating. It is actually the opposite wool is a great temperature regulator. While memory foam is famous for keeping sleepers warm throughout the whole night.

Natural Latex

Organic Mattress by Natural Mattress Matters are made with natural latex rather than memory foam because natural latex is more durable and much healthier.

Natural Mattress Matters has two kinds of latex, which are: Dunlop and Talalay.

Lets contrast Dunlop with pound cake hence it is the denser of the two. Whereas Dunlop can go well with many diverse sorts of sleepers, it’s particularly valuable for the individuals who sleep lying on their belly and are additionally susceptible to plummeting into their bed.

Natural Talalay Latex is the milder of the two types of latex. We compare and contrast it with angel food cake due to its rich plushness and luxurious feel. Talalay is magnificent for side sleepers and does wonders for those who are looking for some pressure relief.

Both Dunlop and Talalay latex are breathable because of its open unit framework, again, a thing that is elusive with other foams. Simply one more basis to choose a really green mattress. For more information on dunlop vs talalay latex read our blog.

Green Mattress by Natural Mattress Matters

Now that you are armed with the correct information, it’s time to start shopping for your Green Bed. Hopefully, we have addressed some of your concerned with this blog post when looking for “green mattress” or eco friendly mattress.

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What Makes an Organic Latex Mattress Organic?

What Makes an Organic Latex Mattress Organic?

The “Organic Mattress”

In the last decade or so, organic certificate standard has transformed from being the underdog to becoming peoples favorite. Organic certification might still be a somewhat new concept but it’s not staying there. It has gradually stretched out from fruit and vegetable to preserved foods to fabrics and like every other overachieving child is expanding into other end-user markets. Which brings us to the “organic bed”. What makes organic latex mattress organic?

Like everything else, when a new unique idea hits the marketplace, there’re ten new “knock-offs” in the morning. And the organic bed isn’t an exception. There have been tons of misinformation, misapplication, misunderstanding, and misuse about the organic mattress and like any good mother, we feel the responsibility to intervene, educate and clarify.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the ways the term “organic” has been applied and misapplied in the organic mattress world.

Certification Standards

When it comes to organic certification, there’re two major bodies for organic manufacturers. The first one is the U.S. Department of Agriculture – short for USDA – and their certification is primarily focused and available in the US markets.

The second one is the Global Organic Textile Standards – short for GOTS certification. GOTS certifies materials and foods at two stages…

Organic: the contents must contain at least 70% organic ingredients and materials and on the other hand; “certified organic” which contains at least 95% “pure” organic ingredients and materials.

Even though it is not an officially-recognized USDA-approved certification, GOTS is widely used in European markets and on the rare occasion will appear in the American market. However, in the US market, only USDA’s organic standard is approved and deemed “official”.

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Troubles with Organic Certification

Everywhere you look these days you will find one product to another claiming to be “organic” from fertilizers to preserved foods to mattresses. Take a closer look on the label. And if there’s no explicit USDA or GOTS certification, you’re more than likely dealing with a company trying to pass on their product as “organic” just so they could make sales.

According to The Washington Post, even when you see a strong USDA certification on some labels, it may not be completely accurate. Up to 5% of non-organic ingredients are approved by USDA as long as they’re also approved by the National Organic Standards Board. And sometimes few chemicals, that are anything but healthy, are allowed in approved products that are still labeled organic.

Organic Latex

Sometime they will try to fool you with cross-talks about the latex industry and natural latex. The phrase “Organically grown” simply refers the processes involved in growing the rubber tree plant which brings liquid latex into being when tapped.

Organically grown latex is manufactured from a tree that is nurtured following organic agricultural standards. Be careful because this kind of latex can still be developed using harmful chemicals while camouflaging it as a quality mattress.

Organic Latex Mattress Production

It is possible – at least theoretically – to create completely organic mattress using the Dunlop method. Producing mattresses using the Dunlop method involves inserting the latex into a mold and letting it cool off. But in order to decrease particulate separation in the liquid, most Dunlop method used today add various stabilizers such as sulfur to give you the smoothest and strongest latex mattress possible.

It is impossible to have a 100% organic product, because latex sap alone can not be formed into the latex layers without using a few natural adhesives. Talalay latex is manufactured with specific equipment. And there’s no comparison to the incredibly soft and quality latex the talalay process offers.

Talalay Latex Process

After the sap from the natural rubber tree has been collected, the latex has to be transported from the rubber tree estate to the processing facility.

So, in order to preserve the latex in its fluid form, chemicals must be added to slow the liquid latex’s natural congealing process – usually ammonia. Some argue that ammonia completely evaporates or burns out in the vulcanization process may be open to interpretation, however, the strong proof remains that the final product cannot be certified as “pure” organic as ammonia has been added. A big factor to consider is where you bought you talalay latex mattress. With a number of manufacturers available, some have a very pure talalay latex.

Natural Mattress Matters carries the cradle to cradle certification on our talalay latex, which is one of the highest standards in the industry.

What Makes Organic Latex Mattress Organic

Manufacturing mattresses that are completely pure and chemical-free can be a challenging process. And it’s more than likely, that mattress you’ve been eyeing through the window that’s labeled “organic” is, in fact, have only one component like, a wool mattress topper or an organic Dunlop core that’s actually 100% certified organic.

So when shopping for “organic latex”, the safe cause of action would be to ask where the latex was originally grown, how it was transported and how it was treated during production.

As you can already tell most mattresses claiming to be “organic latex mattress” are not entirely telling the whole truth as most are not even entirely natural. If you want a natural mattress and bedding, the good rule of thumb is to make sure that you are buying from a trustworthy retailer.

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Why Latex is the Best Foam

Why Natural Latex is the Best Foam

 

Natural Latex is the healthiest foam available. It is also extremely comfortable, breathable and very durable. Really natural latex foam has higher rubber content than synthetic imitations or partially “hybrid” foam. Synthetic latex and cheap blends have unknown chemical loads and, like memory foam, are usually based on polyurethane. Most memory foam, initially comfortable, is not as responsive as natural latex. That is another reason why we believe latex is the best foam for your mattress. Read our blog about latex best foam vs other foams.

After obtaining the sap of the rubber tree, the latex is transformed into foam during the centrifuge step followed the mold process in which the baking process begins. What emerges are sheets of latex foam in a variety of densities.

Latex Best Foam is Customizable 

One of our best mattresses that is totally customizable, SpringLeaf Rest Natural Latex, has three layers of natural latex. Each layer can be soft, medium or firm. This enables you (and your partner) to choose a perfect combination of Dunlop and Talalay latex. NNM organic cotton mattress cover is GOTS Certified.

Natural Latex Foam vs Other

Most mattresses contain cheap foam that threatens your health and quality of life. Common foam beds contain treated fabrics and toxic. In addition, conventional beds have flame retardants, other toxic chemicals that are released into the air, disintegrate into microscopic dust and are easily inhaled. The close and constant contact with conventional mattresses (6-10 hours per night) increases the significant long-term exposure to these chemicals. Studies have shown that chronic exposure to low levels can be dangerous to health.

Memory Foam

The most common foam, memory foam, is mainly made of polyurethane with various chemicals added. Health and safety concerns about chemicals found in memory foam veds are widely reported. Some of them include isocyanides, formaldehyde, benzene, and naphthalene.

Many of these chemicals are associated with cancer, infertility, developmental disorders of the brain, obesity, headaches and respiratory diseases such as asthma.

Latex Mattresses Durability

Natural Mattress Matters latex mattresses have 20 years warranty. And for good reason: the overall quality of the product is the reason for our excellent reputation. It is rarely necessary to solve the problems after the purchase, but when we do, our priority is to listen to our customers and treat them all with consideration and respect.

Natural Latex Best Foam Mattress

We know that our customers are the reason why we can continue to do what we do. That is why Natural Mattress Matters has expended the latex foam mattress collection. See our wide selection of latex beds by clicking on the SpringLeaf section.

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Do I Need A Firm Mattress

“DO I REALLY NEED A FIRM MATTRESS?”

It is an inarguable fact that the World War II was one of the darkest times in the history of mankind, therefore one can never completely phantom how much joy came when it ended in the late 1940s. Having lived through not only the horrors of war but also the great depression attached to it, our parents and grandparents celebrated their newly acquired freedom and security with an unquenchable desire that it last. Whether they were looking for a car, a sofa, a refrigerator, or a bed, they always demanded durability. Shortly after the firm mattress concept developed.

Mattresses and Bedding

The mattress manufacturers at that time exploited their demands and they started producing mattresses that lasted longer, emphasizing on their longevity when advertising.

The science to the manufacturing process of these “durable mattresses” is that; harder and denser materials would be more durable than softer and lighter materials when used for the mattress production. This resulted to the production of firmer mattresses, limiting the comfort and softness it would have achieved with the softer and lighter materials.

Firm is Better Concept

Notwithstanding, manufacturers did an excellent job advertising and promoting the notion that “firmer is better”. This notion has even influenced the people of today to believe that a firmer mattress that offers more support is better than a softer mattress that offers pressure relief.

It would be fair to say that this advertising in those days were true, but the firmer is better trend may have been the easiest way out for manufacturers, producing what was easy to manufacture rather than what would encourage the most comfortable sleep and one step further proper sleep. Proper sleep is accomplished with proper alignment.

Foam or Spring Mattresses

Also in the light of promoting the firmer is better belief, manufactures started incorporating springs of several basic forms beneath the mattresses to make them feel softer. These springs might either be the box springs which match the mattress in size and appearance or might be incorporated like the spring beds often found in dormitories or other institutional settings. The latter are characterized by their firm top and flexible base. The flexible base usually consists of a steel grid with springs attached around their edges to give the firm bed a softer bounce.

Natural Latex Mattress

On the other hand, unlike other mattresses high quality mattresses like the natural latex mattress will give very poor performance on a spring-and-steel bed. This is because of the attributes of the natural latex. When its soft core sinks into the spring base, it tends to hammock or sag.

Instead of springs, the latex mattresses are designed to be supported by a rigid base which allows a softer surface for pressure relief and a denser layer for optimal back support when cushioning your body’s weight. See our SpringLeaf Bliss Latex Mattress Collection for more details. Our covers are made from GOTS certified organic cotton which allows it to stretch and contour better with the body.

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Non Toxic Furniture

Non Toxic Furniture

 

A Choice of Organic Sofas

It depends on your choice of color, it could be green, blue or white but your sofa ought to be green in the real sense. It ought to be fabricated from natural materials that are non toxic, safe and restorative for each individual from your family. Natural Mattress Matters offers non toxic furniture for our customers without harmful chemicals like conventional furniture.

Looking for a non toxic, eco-friendly furniture

Consumers are becoming more and more aware about the number of harmful chemicals that are pumped into everyday products. Among the most exceedingly awful are chemical flame retardants. They can potentially cause cancer, obesity, sterility and formative cerebrum issues such as the ADHD and autism. In addition, our company strives to protect the environment. Chemical Flame Retardants have been know to be toxic to the environment.

Flame retardants have been covered in numerous documentaries, newspapers, tv shows which have concentrated on sofas. Just like most mattresses, most sofas and similar upholstered article of furniture contain foams and materials that are loaded with noxious compounds such as flame retardants, pesticides, formaldehyde etc. We have put together a comprehensive research blog where you will be able to get all the relevant information on toxic chemical and flame retardants, click here.

Have you ever noticed a puff of air when you sit on your sofa? It is brimming with minute dust particles that convey small doses of the chemicals the foam and other manufactured materials contain. You inhale them, touch them and even eat them – even in the cleanest home it is almost impossible to avoid them. Everybody is susceptible to their long-term effects, however, particularly infants and kids who ingest five times more chemical substances than grown-ups do.

Luxury Non Toxic Furniture

Just because your looking to buy luxurious looking furniture with colorful fabrics should not be the reason your risk to cancer increased. That is why we offer colorful luxury organic fabrics that carry the GOTS certification.

Some furniture producers have started to get rid of the most exceedingly awful flame retardants from their sofas and similar merchandise due to pressure from researchers and health activists. However, it’s just a piece of the toxic sofa story. Most upholstered furniture likewise contain numerous different risky substances that move into your home and body. These embody formaldehyde-based glues, pesticide residues, nanoparticle fabric treatments, a wide variety of hormone-modifying mixes, and high-VOC (Volatile Organic compound).

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Non Toxic Furniture

A better choice

When you select a Natural Mattress Matters organic sofa, loveseat or armchair, you are selecting natural and organic materials that are sturdy and safe for you and your family. From natural latex foam to certified organic materials, guaranteed sustainable solid hardwoods, and zero-VOC finishes. Natural Mattress Matters offers a wide selection of fabrics for our non toxic furniture. Our organic sofas bring new genuine feelings of serenity to your home and a piece of mind.

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Rest Safe 5 Ways to Detox Your Bedroom

HOW TO DETOX YOUR SLEEP

If you are currently battling with insomnia, your environment may be one of the reasons you could hardly sleep at night. Increasingly, the home and its environment which is supposed to be a haven for domestic life are becoming more toxic and dangerous to live. Our guide “rest safe 5 ways to detox your bedroom can help in reducing some of those toxic chemicals so you can get back to your natural sleep.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend over 30 to 40 percent of their time in the bedroom. However, due to the increase in toxic substances and chemicals leading to stress-related disorder, most Americans sleep less than 4 hours. That is why we stress the importance to detox your bedroom before anything else.

The bedroom is ideally the place where the body and mind rest from the day’s tasks and the stress from the outside world. While sleeping, the body repairs rejuvenate and detoxify, but when the environment is not convenient for the body, it limits its ability to function the next day.

Most importantly, children are more vulnerable to the toxic substances in our bedroom. They need to sleep well to support their growth and development, and sleeping in a toxic environment could be detrimental to their health. Many bedroom products are made with chemical flame retardants that have been banned in the US and other countries because they are harmful to the nervous system and the body at large.

Here are some bedroom products that may contain toxic chemicals

Mattresses:

Most mattresses and beds contain petroleum-based chemicals, foams, and plastics that are capable of causing cancer, headache, and irritations on the eyes, nose, and throat.

Artificial Lightning:

Artificial lightning can rob you of your much-needed rest. It also reduces the body’s production of melatonin, which is a hormone that regulates sleep and prevents cancer.

Wallpaper:

96 percent of wallpapers produced today contains polyvinyl chloride (PVC) coatings; this PVC- coated papers are made with harmful chemicals like lead, cadmium, chromium, and antimony.

Sheets:

Most sheets are produced with chemicals such as formaldehyde that are harmful to the body and have been linked to short-term health problems like skin irritation and respiratory problems.

Detox Your Bedroom

To sleep well at night, there is a need to get rid of these toxic chemicals that are detrimental to the health. Here is the best way to create a fresh, healthy bedroom.

• Avoid mattresses that are made with chemicals such as polyurethane foam.
• Buy mattresses that are made with natural fabrics such as organic cotton, wool, or latex.
• Always open the windows of your bedroom before you sleep to allow fresh air and moves toxins out.
• Buy mattresses that have the Oeko Tex Certification seal such which we at Natural Mattress Matters carry and stress that each product has. These beds do not contain harmful chemical substances.
• Vacuum your room with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to capture allergens.
• Cover your mattress and pillows with impermeable GOTS dust-mite covers.
• Ensure you wash your bedspread at least once weekly in waters that are at least 150 degrees to kill and remove dust mites.
• Keep your room free from dust by dusting regularly
• Always pull your curtains back to allow natural sunlight.