Published at Monday, 16 April 2018. Mattress. By Fifine Renaud.
By Federal law ANY AND ALL mattresses manufactured and sold in the United States must pass a flame test. Under the law a mattress must be subjected to a flame for 70 seconds before it ignites. How this is achieved varies from manufacturer to manufacturer but most manufacturers achieve this by using chemicals. These chemicals (Boric acid Antimony and Decabromodiphenyl Oxide) are the same chemicals that have been banned in Europe for years and the same chemicals that are used in pesticides to kill roaches and have been linked to reproductive and developmental diseases heart and lung damage hair and memory loss SIDS birth defects skin irritation and are believed to be carcinogens. Continued exposure to these chemicals cause accumulation in the body and present themselves in breast milk the blood stream and in umbilical cord fluids.
An example of a higher quality mattress is a Miracoil mattress manufactured by Silentnight UK. This is also a sprung mattress but the springs are divided into several different sleeping zones rather than indiscriminately positioned. The firmness of the springs in certain areas are adapted to the human body and support either 3 or 7 areas of the human form depending on the Miracoil number. Another advantage of a spring system such as Miracoil is the firmness of the edges and the centre of the mattress that will give you more sleeping space by preventing you from either rolling together or rolling out of the bed. The firmness of a Miracoil mattress varies from medium to firm and I would recommend firm to people who experience any kind of back problems.
Some organic mattress manufacturers produce an organic product only to spray it down with these chemicals to pass the flame law test. So while you are buying an organic mattress that does not necessarily mean you are buying a chemical-free mattress. It only means you are buying a mattress made with organic materials that have been sprayed with chemicals. Imagine the hypocrisy! This is where the importance of organic wool becomes apparent. Naturally wool is a fire retardant. Wool doesnt burn when exposed to a flame. When wool is used in an ample amount (an inch compressed) it becomes a fire retardant that passes the federal flame law requirements making chemicals no longer necessary. While it is more costly to use wool a true organic mattress manufacturer goes the extra step to be sure that your mattress is chemical free and truly organic. By the way there are other fire-proofing methods available that are not chemical but they also are not natural or organic. Be sure to ask if the manufacturer is using organic wool for fire retardant in the organic mattress.
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