Many people today are educating themselves as to the health related issues of man-made chemical exposure. Man-made chemicals exists in furniture and in mattresses, in the construction of the fabric, the foams, the wood (box springs) and sometimes the way the mattress is made to pass the fire retardant laws. There are big differences between "regular" mattresses and organic and natural mattresses. Here is a list of those differences:
- Natural or organic mattresses use cotton or hemp fabric for their outer covering. These fabrics require little processing to make into a fabric. Most regular mattresses use polyester or polyester-blended fabrics. Polyester fabrics contain plasticizers and other man-made chemicals in their manufacture.
- Natural or organic mattresses will use wool as their fire barrier. Regular mattresses use plastics such as kevlar, man-made chemical treated fabrics or other man-made chemical compositions to make their mattresses pass federal fire retardant regulations.
- Natural or organic mattresses will utilize natural fill materials such as wool, cotton or latex rubber, while most regular mattresses will use pure polyurethane foam or polyurethane blended foams which can leach man-made chemicals into the air you breath.
While there are no governing bodies certifying completed mattresses as organic, you can purchase mattresses, such as the kind we offer at Nest Bedding, online or in our stores in San Francisco and Berkeley Albany Ca, utilizing natural and organic components.
If you are sensitive to chemical exposure, or just want to make more healthy choices in your life, a natural or organic mattress can make a big difference in your life and in your sleep.