We love a comfortable mattress, but have you thought about how your mattress can be harmful to your health? You may be surprised to know that there are various toxic mattress chemicals, and how incredibly common they are. In fact, it is much more common to find mattresses that are off-gassing harmful VOCs and emitting toxic chemicals than finding mattresses that are truly safe and healthy for us.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Mattresses release small amounts of gaseous chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Certain mattress materials can emit VOCs, such as foam made from petroleum. Over time, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from foam are released into the air where you are exposed to them. Exposure to high levels of VOCs can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, and for some compounds, even cancer. During sleep, you are likely to inhale VOCs as your nose and mouth are in close proximity to mattresses and bedding that emit them.
Synthetic Latex is a much cheaper alternative to natural latex. It can be made simply and cost-effectively in a laboratory. According to the EPA, chronic exposure to the first ingredient in synthetic latex, styrene, can have some serious consequences. This can lead to effects on the central nervous system (CNS), headache, fatigue, weakness, and depression.
Chemical Flame Retardants
Mattress companies add these chemical flame retardants because it is an inexpensive way to meet federal flammability standards. Among common Chemical Flame Retardants are Antimony, Boric Acid, and Halogenated Flame Retardants (HFRs). Antimony is a toxic heavy metal which can cause eye, heart, and lung problems. Boric Acid can cause eye and respiratory irritation. Halogenated Flame Retardants may be the worst of the bunch.
Why choose 100% Natural Latex?
Since we spend one-third of our lives sleeping, it is important to choose mattress materials that are safe for our health. 100% natural latex mattresses provide a healthy sleeping environment, and are free from toxic mattress chemicals from fire-retardants, petroleum-based foams, and VOCs.
Getha specializes in 100% Natural latex bedding products. Not only are our products good for your health, they provide your body with the best comfort and support for a truly relaxing sleep!