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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.

Non Toxic mattress is safer for your pet

Non-Toxic mattress is safer for your pet

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.

🎉 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 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 Mattress

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. I also researched maybe 10 mattresses and made the best choice I could with the knowledge I had at the time.

I bought this mattress since I was not really sure if I preferred a bed as soft, medium or firm being since I used to sleep on an air mattress, which I later learned was toxic.

This 3-in-1 mattress allows me to customize my bed by flipping inner layers to conform to my sleeping style. Benefit for couples: If your significant other has a different sleep style preference than you, then this will work great being as you can customize the left and right of the bed separately. Meaning you can sleep to your sleep preference (soft, medium or firm) and your s.o. can sleep adjust their side to their sleep style.

As a side sleeper, another positive for me was that I don’t wake up feeling my leg is asleep or numb, which I used to experience with my pillow top bed.

On one occasion I do remember waking up feeling sweaty. I didn’t consider myself a hot sleeper so this was a shocker to me. However, I do recall being sick at that time so that may have been a contributing factor. On the soft setting, I don’t feel like it sleeps hot.

Quick facts: no chemical flame retardant, height: 11 inches, 100-night sleep trial, you have the option to work with a representative to help you customize your bed if needed, 10-year warranty, based in California and payment plan option is available through Paypal.

CertiPur Mattress Coupon: If this CertiPur Mattress interests you, click this link for a $125 coupon.

Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified 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.

Quick facts:

  • 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.

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.

In part 2, I will cover non-toxic pillows, sheets, and a bed frame. Yes, a non-toxic bedframe, which was the hardest to find next to an organic comforter!

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