“Apparently, if you live until 75, you’ll have spent 25 years in bed, so it makes sense to have a decent mattress” – Marc Warren
Once upon a time, household dust was just a nuisance. Today, however, house dust represents a time capsule of all the chemicals that enter people’s homes. This includes particles created from the breakdown of polyurethane foam. From sofas and chairs, to shoes and carpet underlay, sources of polyurethane dust are plentiful. Organotin compounds are one of the chemical groups found in household dust that have been linked to polyurethane foam. Highly poisonous, even in small amounts, these compounds can disrupt hormonal and reproductive systems, and are toxic to the immune system. Early life exposure has been shown to disrupt brain development.
There was no way before 2008 for consumers to find out what was inside foam used in bedding and upholstered furniture. The CertiPUR-US® program provides information whether the flexible polyurethane foam meets standards for content, emissions and durability and are analyzed by independent, accredited laboratories. As a result, foam producers from all countries today participate in this program, as long as they meet rigorous certification guidelines.
If you buy a CertiPUR-US certified mattress or upholstery furniture, you can rest assured about below facts:
- Made without ozone depleters. The CertiPUR label prohibits the use of any CFCs or other ozone depleters in the foam manufacturing process.
- Made without PBDE flame retardants. This has just recently been increased (as of October 25, 2016) to include other flame retardants such as pentaBDE, octaBDE , decaBDE, TRIS, TDCPP and TEPA.
- Made without mercury, lead or other heavy metals. Heavy metals are not commonly used to make polyurethane foam.
- Made without formaldehyde.
- Made without phthalates. Of 29 possible phthalates, CertiPUR prohibits seven.
- Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality.
The certification process was developed by the foam industry in close collaboration with leading environmentalists, chemists, accredited laboratory research scientists, and bedding and furniture industry leaders. CertiPUR-US emissions and analysis methods are compatible with other standards such as Eco-label (EU), LGA (Germany), OkoTex 100 (Class IV Mattress) EUI, Blue Angel (Netherlands), IKEA, AQS Greenlabel and BIFMA criteria.
Here is list of Certi-PUR participating companies.
If you are thinking you are safe from chemicals while sleeping, you might wanna check your mattress, bed sheets, pillows and mattress covers. Who knows what are you inhaling while sleeping, unless it is certified.
It is so important to find a safe mattress for your babies. They spend most of the time sleeping and immune system works hardest in the night. You want their sleeping environment to be fresh, clean and safe.
100 years back everything you bought was close to nature, food, clothes, mattress and upholstery. What an irony, crops for food and products for manufacturing have to go through a rigorous certification to prove it is not harmful. This use to be a normal thing before, but not anymore. Kind of sad.
Please be careful and don’t get fooled by the industry and ruin your and your kids health by bringing harmful products in your home.
To stay healthy, check the health of food and products you buy. Every day. Buy less, pay more but buy safe. Use it thorough. Recycle it.
Get yourself educated about anything and everything that can affect your health. If possible, involve kids in this process and teach them how to buy healthy. They will thank you one day.
Eat Safe, wear safe and sleep safe.