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Fire Retardants in Mattresses

Fire Retardants in Mattresses

In the last decade, it has become mandatory that all mattresses should include Fire Retardant Chemicals that are designed to withstand the naked flame of a blowtorch for up to 70 seconds. The introduction of this regulation in 2007 has proven to be controversial due to the health implications associated with using these chemicals. The good news is that toxic fire retardants in mattresses can be avoided, let our industry experts help you.

The vast majority of sleep product manufactures or almost 92% of the market use controversial fire retardant chemicals because of their cost-effectiveness, without taking into account the long-term health implications that it can have on their customers.

Choosing a Healthier Mattress

We at Natural Mattress Matters, consider the health of our customers to be of paramount importance and have decided to use a higher quality fire retardant in our products. Natural Mattress Matters organic mattresses and organic crib mattresses use natural wool, natural wool meets the same safety requirements as other products without putting our customer’s health at risk.

Dangerous Chemicals found in Fire Retardants

Hazardous fire retardants are found in a plethora of products around the home ranging from children’s clothing, soft furnishings, flooring, and computers. These fire retardants contain such harmful chemicals as Boric Acid which is also used in pesticides, Antimony which can cause skin irritation, damage to the pulmonary system and is a possible carcinogen and Decabromodiphenyl Oxide which has been found to damage the liver and thyroid and is also a possible carcinogen.

Exposure to these Toxic Flame Retardants

These chemicals are released from beds over time and can be absorbed through the human epidermis. Exposure to these fire-retardant chemicals has been linked to neurological damage, cancer, and birth defects found in new-born babies. Protracted exposure to these chemicals over time leads to a build-up in the body which has resulted in them being found in the bloodstream, breast milk, urine and umbilical cord blood.

Chemicals Found in Most Mattress Fire Retardants

In 2006 the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) authorized a federal regulation (16 CFR 1640) implementing a stringent national fire resistant criterion, necessitating that all beds are required to withstand the naked flame of a blowtorch for at least 70 seconds. This regulation first came into effect in California and has now been expanded to include the entire country. All beds, futons, sofa beds, cribs and fold out beds are required to comply with the regulation.

The CPSC has concluded that the levels of the chemicals used in fire retardants are safe for human exposure, this stands in contrast to the findings of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA has found that the level of Antimony used in fire retardants is 27.5 times higher than the recommended amount that is deemed safe for human exposure. https://www.epa.gov/

Why are most Fire Retardants in Mattresses Harmful?

Although the regulation is designed to protect the safety of the consumer, it has proven to be a double-edged sword that has created a new health risk due to the use of hazardous chemicals in the manufacture of fire retardants. Most bedding manufacturers use these harmful chemicals in order to comply with the safety regulation, however, they are not required to label their products with the chemicals used in the fireproofing process.

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Flame Retardants Latex Organic Mattress

Oeko Tex Certified Mattress

Oeko Tex Certified Mattresses

The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide recognized certification, independent testing, and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used. At NNM, we carry oeko tex certified mattress and bedding.

oeko tex certified mattress

Oeko Tex Mattress Standard 100

The 100 standard is currently the highest certification you can attain as far as testing for off-gassing and any other toxic chemicals associated. Here are a few examples of articles that can be certified: raw and dyed/finished yarns, woven and knitted fabrics, accessories, such as buttons, zip fasteners, sewing threads or labels, ready-made articles of various types (garments of all types, domestic and household textiles, bed linen, terry products and much more). Our manufacturing partners have the highest certifications in the industry. 

Best Oeko Tex Certified Mattress and Bedding

For natural latex (sap from a tree) to be certified as organic, as with all organic products, it means that no toxic chemicals or pesticides are used in growing the natural rubber trees at the time of collecting the milky liquid, and up to the final production of the latex. For most organic /natural mattress manufacturers and consumers, the primary concern is that no synthetics are used in the production of the latex. This type of latex is all natural and is certified as 100% natural rubber latex. On the other hand, we have manufacturers, online companies, and store retailers selling cheap latex with the claim that it is organic. At NNM, our Oeko Tex Certified Mattress is free from any synthetic mixes. 

Rest assured that current certifications are available when purchasing an all natural latex mattress from us. The Oeko-Tex Mattress certification will clearly state if the latex tested is 100% natural rubber latex, without synthetic content. In addition, we carry the certification also on our innerspring natural mattresses

The 100% natural latex certification is very important, as high quality blended latex will also pass the Standard 100. We do not carry any blended latex since we are of the opinion that it is not as durable and not as pure. That is why it’s important to show at trusted companies and retailers. 

Oeko-tex certified mattress

Oeko-Tex Testing Criteria

The internationally recognized test OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is based on scientifically proven parameters and is revised annually in line with the latest legislation and research.

It includes:

– Substances which are prohibited by law, such as carcinogenic dyestuffs.

– Chemicals and components which are regulated by law, such as formaldehyde, softeners, heavy metals or pentachlorophenol.

– Substances which according to current knowledge are harmful to health but which are not yet regulated or prohibited by law, such as pesticides, allergy-inducing dyestuffs or tin-organic compounds.

– Parameters such as colorfastness and a skin-friendly pH-value, which are precautionary measures to safeguard a consumers’ health.

Clearly, the criteria exceed existing legislation which is why we at Natural Mattress Matters want all our products to have this certification. In addition, the certifications often lead the way regarding legal regulations – such as the exclusion of carcinogenic, stricter regulation for formaldehyde as well as the ban on allergenic dyes.

In addition, all components are tested and certified by the independent Oeko-Tex 100 standard to ensure a clean and chemically safe sleep environment.

Oeko Tex Certification

The precondition for the certification of products in accordance with Standard 100 is that all parts of an article meet the required criteria – in addition to the outer fabric, for example, also the sewing threads, inserts, prints etc., as well as non-textile accessories, such as buttons, zip fasteners, rivets etc.

Additional preconditions are the existence and application of operational quality assurance measures, as well as the legally binding signing of undertakings. 

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Flame Retardants

Required to have Flame Retardants?

Aren’t You Required to Have Flame Retardants By Law?

This happens to be a general misconception. It is required of us that we are certified by all state and federal testing, but not with the use of flame barrier.

The filling material primarily used in most mattresses polyurethane foam, a highly flammable petroleum-based material. The National Association of State Fire Marshals refers to it as “solid gasoline”. Polyurethane foam is typically treated or wrapped with fire retardants chemicals because of its high level of flammability. These chemicals are harmful to health, and most manufacturers don’t disclose their fire retardant ingredients.

Fire Retardant Law

At Natural Mattress Matters, harsh chemicals and fire retardants chemicals are not part of our materials. We make use of the best form of fire protection which is superior product design which will not make use these chemicals. For example, organic cotton is a far superior filling material and is less flammable compared to polyurethane. With wide range of research and creative product design, we’ve eliminated the use of fire retardant chemical as well as flame retardant barrier in our products.

Organic Cotton Mattress Cover

Materials such as organic cotton, organic cotton, natural organic wool batting, and steel innersprings are used instead of memory foam and other foam and synthetic fabric that have high fuel content. Due to the materials used, instead of bursting to flames under a very high heat, they tend to smolder. With this special and innovative approach, it provides a simple and elegant solution that conforms to all Federal and State flammability standards without the use of any fire retardant chemicals or flame retardant barrier. After all, none of the fire chemicals can be regarded as safe.

We hold our head high as one of the few mattress retailers in the United States that does not use an added toxic flame barrier.

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Latex vs Memory Foam

Is Memory Foam Toxic

Memory Foam – Is it Toxic?

Search for a memory foam mattress and you are sure to encounter question after question about the potential toxicity of memory foam, and the health effects of sleeping on a bed made of it. So are there chemicals in memory foam?

The short answer is yes. Memory foam is “polyurethane with additional chemicals increasing its viscosity and density” (Wikipedia). The real questions are: what are these chemicals? Are they safe to use in a mattress? And will they cause you or your family health problems?

  1. The toxic chemicals formaldehyde, benzene, and naphthalene can be found in some foam mattresses.
  2. Isocyanates, a highly reactive chemical, is used to make flexible foams and can be found in memory foam. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, isocyanates:
      • Can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and skin,
      • Contain compounds classified as potential human carcinogens,
      • Lead to chest tightness and asthma. Yale University cautions that prolonged exposure to isocyanates can cause “regular asthma, and asthma attacks that are triggered in many environments, not just by isocyanate exposure.”
  3. The chemical-smelling odors sometimes detected on gel foam are called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). There have been legal consequences for foam companies claiming their beds do not contain VOCs.
  4. Chemical flame retardants are often added to these type of foam mattresses for safety reasons. But these have been linked to several serious health problems, including developmental brain disorders, cancer, and obesity.

Polyurethane Foams

Chemicals in Memory Foam

Flame Retardants

Mattresses of memory foam are usually comprised of retardants of chemical flame, which have been associated with a litany of health issues, as well as cancer, obesity, and developmental brain disorders. However, organic wool is known as a soft type of natural substance that cannot just permit a bed to move the compulsory flame test, but with the addition of an airy cushioning layer directly to the crest of your bed.

Off Gassing

It’s normal to observe a chemical off-gassing type of odor on unloading a bed of memory foam. The most ideal approach to the disposal of such odor is to permit the bed to be exposed to fresh air through the process of ensuring air is moved through the room. It is possible to have this done by running the fan or opening the windows and doors.

Is Memory Foam Safe?

So are there any risks? It’s difficult to figure out the risks. We can’t emphatically declare a bed of memory foam will bring about “an effect” like this. The same way every individual tends to be different, is also similar to every bed. A few mattress users of memory foam come with the complaints of waking from their sleep with headaches, while other users develop issues relative to their respiratory system like asthma. Still other users are concerned with the long-term health impacts of years of being exposed to a material like this.

There’s no certainty of the risks that may be experienced. However, the only thing you can do is to make use of the available information about these type of foams, in order for you to make the most ideal decision.

Assessing risk is something we do on a daily basis, regardless of whether we have to decide on the food to purchase at the grocery or we have to cross the street. The choice you make on your bed is a similar thing. Accumulate pertinent information, take a consideration of the organic mattress choices, and make the decision that is the smartest for you!