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

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

Buying a non-toxic mattress is healthier for you and 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 return it or 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.”

Another reason to switch is Fires. Recently on the news, a firefighter shared that 30 years ago people were using more natural materials like cotton and wool. Today fires are burning faster and hotter because of all the synthetic materials. 30 years ago you had up to 17 minutes to evacuate, whereas today you may have 1m30 to 4 minutes. For a visual demonstration of how one room burns faster than the other, because of the materials used, watch the video.

Finally, you may be shocked to learn that chemical flame retardants don’t stay on the material they are sprayed on. They off-gas in your home so you and your pets are breathing them in daily, they get onto your skin and in your liver causing health issues. Flame retardants are not isolated to PBDE’s. Some companies use boric acid (a respiratory irritant) while other companies other chemicals. There are natural options like wool!

In this blog, I will go over a few options to a healthier mattress, from Certified chemical-free memory foam to latex and hybrid mattresses that contain both springs and latex. Finally, I will cover a chemical-free bed frame.

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 to e-commerce companies that sell mattresses or bed-in-a-box

2) Many types of mattress materials, certification ratings and how easily this can become confusing

3) Innerspring mattresses may emit EMF’s. See here.

Bonus tip: Now that more beds are being sold direct to consumer, make sure your mattress has a sleep trial

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

Here I try to simplify what these certifications mean.

  • GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard): 95% certified organic materials. 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.
  • Greenguard Gold: It is the same as Greenguard but is more strict in regards to emission limits.
  • Greenguard: The finished mattress must be tested for specific emission limits of formaldehyde and other VOCs.
  • 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.

Keep in mind some mattresses can have more than one certification.

Chemical free certified mattress with Dual firmness

Non Toxic mattress is safer for your pet

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I had limited knowledge of this subject prior to my purchase. Although a friend raved about her memory foam mattress, I did research a handful of mattresses. Unfortunately, I had to rush to make a purchase since my air mattress was no longer working.

Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified Latex mattress

Latex has many benefits such as it tends to sleep cooler than foam because the open cells let it circulate air more easily, is resistant to mold, mildew, dust mites and hypoallergenic. *Possible latex allergy.

One latex mattress option is this Talay latex mattress. It has a 5 zoned comfort layer and mattress firmness can be switched simply by flipping this mattress, one side provides a plush feel while the other side has a firm feel. This mattress is certified Oeko-Standard 100 and is a member of the Sustainable Furnishing Council. This toxin-free mattress does not contain ozone depleters, PBDE’s, flame retardants, phthalates, formaldehyde, mercury, lead or other heavy metals, or VOC’s (volatile organic compounds).

It is made from Talalay latex, 100% organic New Zealand wool which helps with moisture wicking and acts as a flame barrier or natural flame retardant, and organic cotton. It has a 20-year warranty, 120-day sleep trial and is not compressed in a box but delivered by 2 people in a truck with the mattress fully intact.

Greenguard Gold Vegan mattress made with latex and inner springs

If you’re used to a mattress with coil springs, this mattress is for you! This mattress is a combination of CertiPur memory foam, latex, and recycled steel coils. You can flip the mattress for a plush or firm feel. This Vegan mattress is certified: Greenguard Gold, CertiPur, and eco-INSTITUT. It has a 1-year sleep trial and a 25-year warranty. $175 off this mattress for a limited time, see sale page for code.

Need more options? If the above GreenGuard Gold mattress is not for you, the same company has 4 other mattresses. They also sell Quilts, pillows, and my best selling non-toxic dog bed.

Is your innerspring mattress emitting EMF’s?

Several websites conducted their own tests or quoted other websites test results stating their opinion that coil spring mattresses emit EMF’s (electronic and magnetic fields). It is thought that these springs act as an antenna and therefore can have effects on your health. If you love the feel or are used to an innerspring mattress, it is suggested to get an individual pocket spring mattress. Another option is this minimal motion transfer coil spring mattress, that has over 2000 individual coils, 13″ in height, and has the highest certifications, GOLS Latex and GOTS Cotton, for all of its natural and organic materials used to make the mattress, 1 year sleep trial and is $400 off for a limited time.

Non-toxic bed frame: unstained platform bed

When I started looking for my bed frame I had no idea it could cost $1000+. I knew an adjustable bed frame could cost that much but not a regular platform bed.

I found a budget-friendly non-toxic platform bedframe. This chemical free platform bed frame 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. As of writing this post, you have the option to pay in one or several payments and you can buy the platform bed with headboard.

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…but I didn’t stain it. 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: Non-Toxic bedding, I will cover an organic comforter, organic duvet, sheets and several plant-based pillows that range from vegan to cruelty-free.

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