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Whether your dog sleeps on your bed with you or in your bedroom, the bedding you own could be off-gassing.

Buying a non-toxic bed is healthier for your pet & your health!

Buying a non-toxic bed is healthier for your dog!

Pets can suffer from various health issues such as seizures when exposed to too many chemicals. People have experienced migraines, respiratory issues and have stated that the smell was so bad that they had to either: a) thrown away their pillow b) returned it or c) put their pillow or mattress in the garage in an attempt to air it out.

Being a chemically sensitive person and not wanting to have chemicals impact my dog, I did some digging to figure out how I could do a “bedroom detox.” In this blog, I will go over a few options to a healthier mattress, a chemical-free bedframe and non-toxic dog beds.

🎉 Ladies I have good news if you allow your dog to sleep with you. A recent study of 962 women showed that women sleep better with dogs, than their mate, because dogs have the ability to comfort us without disturbing our sleep.

3 things you need to know when buying a Non-Toxic Mattress

TIP: This is a huge topic to cover so you may want to bookmark this blog! Not kidding. I’ll admit that trying to sort through all this information was enough to make my head spin. I researched this topic several different times because there is so much information to consider.

Searching for a Non-toxic mattress or chemical-free mattress you will find:

1) Many options from traditional stores and the bed-in-a-box companies

2) Many types of mattress materials and certification ratings

3) Finally, the price differs from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Mattress certifications: what does GOTS, GOLS, and Greenguard mean?

  • GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard): 95% certified organic. Prohibited substances such as flame retardants and polyurethane.
  • GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard): To obtain this certification it must be 95% organic and only applies to a latex mattress or latex pillows.
  • Oeko-Tex Standard 100: Applies to fabrics, yarns, sewing threads, bed linens and more. This certification limits chemicals such as formaldehyde, banned azo dyes, carcinogenic and allergy-inducing colorants, pesticides, Phthalates, PFOA, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), heavy metals (arsenic, lead, mercury, nickel etc…) Chemical flame retardants are prohibited and natural sources such as wool will be used as a natural flame retardant.
  • CertiPUR-US: Applies only to polyurethane foam found in pillows, mattresses, and couch cushions. It is made without ozone depleters, flame retardants (PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP), heavy metals (such as mercury and lead), formaldehyde, phthalates and is low VOC which is important for indoor air quality.
  • Greenguard: The finished mattress must be tested for specific emission limits of formaldehyde and other VOCs.
  • Greenguard Gold: It is the same as Greenguard but is more strict in regards to emission limits.

Depending on the mattress, it can have more than one certification.

CertiPUR-US certified Foam Mattress

Non Toxic mattress is safer for your pet

Limit chemicals in your mattress for your pet’s health

I had limited knowledge of this subject at the time of my purchase. I asked a few friends, one of which raved about her memory foam mattress and I also researched a handful of mattresses. Unfortunately, I had to rush to make a purchase since my air mattress was no longer working. At the time, I feel I made the best choice I could with the knowledge I had at the time.

Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified Latex mattress

Armed with the information I know now if I had to do it all over again I more than likely would have purchased this mattress.

Latex mattress details: 20-year warranty, Made in the USA, Materials: Natural latex, 100% organic New Zealand wool, and organic cotton, Certification: Oeko-Standard 100 certified & member of Sustainable Furnishing Council,Banned chemicals: no ozone depleters, no PBDE flame retardants (they use organic wool), no phthalates, no formaldehyde, no mercury, no lead or other heavy metals, no VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), Health benefits: It is resistant to mold, mildew, dust mites and hypoallergenic. *Possible latex allergy, Sleep Preference: You can flip the mattress for a softer or firmer feel but you can not adjust each side like the one I purchased, Mattress height: You have 2 options: 4.75 or 8.75, which are both the same price. Foundation, if you have a narrow door or hallway you can have the foundation, not the mattress, split into two pieces for a small fee, Bedframe: If you don’t have your own, you can get a steel frame or they sell an adjustable frame. I was told a platform bed frame would need to have a solid base to preserve the longevity of this mattress, Free Delivery: Mattress is delivered by 2 people in a truck with the mattress fully intact, not compressed in a box, 120-day sleep trial: If you don’t like it, they will arrange to have it picked up for a full refund except for the $99 transportation fee, Military discount: $50, Payment Methods: Credit cards, PayPal and a 6-month payment plan.

Hybrid dual sided mattress: Vegan mattress

This mattress is a combination of memory foam and latex that allows you to flip the mattress for a plush or firm feel. This hybrid mattress is certified: Vegan, Greenguard Cold, certiPur, eco-INSTITUT. It has a 1 year trial, 25 year warranty, and has zoned support system made from recycled steel for the coils.

Which is the best Toxin-free mattress

For me, it is not only about the materials and being non-toxic. I want to buy from a company who has great Customer service and really stands by their product. Seeing a 15-year warranty or sleep trial is great, however, if someone decided the mattress didn’t work for them or needed to use their warranty, did the company really follow through? I picked these two companies, out of the many I contacted, because I had a good experience when chatting with them by chat or on the phone.

Non-toxic Dog bed

Your dog deserves a healthy bed too. You can buy this bed in 2 versions, one is rectangular with no bolster and the second is a dog bed with bolster (aka: dog bed with back and sides). It has several layers of supportive CertiPur foam, a removable cover that can be washed, the fabric has stitching to help it hold up against scratching, comes in three colors, has a 30-day return policy and has a 3-year warranty.

Non-toxic bedframe

When I started looking for my bedframe I had no idea it could cost $1000+. I found this budget-friendly platform bedframe. It is chemical free, has a 5-year warranty, comes from trees grown in VA, fairly easy to put together and has a few different versions: regular and plus. The plus version simply means the slats are closer together. This is relevant because some mattresses require more support than others. Also, there is an option to buy some drawers for under the bed storage if that interests you. As of writing this post, you have the option to pay in one or several payments.

The platform bed comes unstained and I intentionally bought it that way because I didn’t want to be exposed to any possible toxins from traditional stains. Someone insisted that I needed to stain it otherwise it wouldn’t last. You will be happy to know I’ve had it for 1.5 years and it still looks just as good as the day I got it.

In part 2, I will cover an organic comforter, organic duvet and plant-based pillows from vegan to cruelty free.

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