You spend one third of your life sleeping, you lie near your pillow and mattress, you breathe deeply when asleep. Your body heals, detoxifies and your brain cleans, preserves memories and locks in what you’ve learnt. So, I think choosing a good mattress and pillow is a very important step to good health!
But unfortunately, there are so many options and no hard laws restricting what chemicals are used in the manufacturing of bedding materials. After 2015 the law was updated and stated that flame retarded chemicals were no longer required, but it doesn’t ban them entirely. So, you still have mattresses treated with chemicals like Formaldehyde, PBDE, OPFR and Boric Acid some of these chemicals have been shown to leach into the human body and store into your fat cells and alter the hormone function. Also, these chemicals used in mattresses have been linked to learning disabilities, reproductive issues and more.
You can’t get rid of toxic chemicals from your life completely but you can make a difference for yourself and your family and lessen the chemical burden our bodies go through.
- So try not to buy Foam anything, as it’s made from petroleum based chemicals that are cheap and are highly flammable and more than likely a flame retardant is added.
- The use of these chemicals (Propylene Oxide and TDI) have been shown to cause tumors over a long period of time.
- Don’t buy anything “Waterproof” as it will most likely be made out of Vinyl which is not a natural substance but is a synthetic man-made material.
- It is a plastic that is made from ethylene (found in crude oil) and chlorine and when processed, both the substances are combined to form Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) resin, referred to as Vinyl.
- Phthalates are also used to make PVC and it is known that this chemical causes hormone disruption.
Source: EPA is concerned about phthalates because of their toxicity and the evidence of pervasive human and environmental exposure to these chemicals. Phthalates are used in many industrial and consumer products, many of which pose potentially high exposure. Phthalates have been detected in food and also measured in humans.
- If you’ve had your pillow for longer than 2 years it’s time to chuck it out.
- The good pillows to get are either feathers, wool or natural latex foam.
- When looking for 100% latex buy one that has the GOLS or Oeko-Tex certification)
Things to consider:
- Was your mattress made before 2015, if so it’s highly likely to contain flame retardants, formaldehyde or boric acid.
- Choose an organic mattress made of wool, which is naturally flame retardant, organic cotton or 100% natural latex.
- Look for these labels when buying: GOLS – Global Organic Latex Standard, GOTS – Global Organic Textile Standard, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 – They test for toxic chemicals and set limits on the emission of formaldehyde and VOC’s.
- Always air a new mattress no matter what, for at least 24 hrs.
- Once every month vacuum your mattress to remove dead skin, bed mites and dust.
- Let the sun and air get to it for as long as possible before making the bed.
A good Mattress can be expensive they range from $600 to $20,000! So, like myself I checked to see when our mattresses were made and thankfully it was after 2015, I have also bought a mattress protector and a mattress topper which helps minimize any toxic off-gassing until I can afford to buy new mattresses.
The mattress protectors and toppers should be either wool, organic cotton with a tight weave or 100% latex.
By the way if your investing time and money into your mattress and pillow, you should also consider making sure your sheets are either 100% un-bleached cotton, hemp or linen and your duvets should be made of natural materials like feathers, down, hemp or buy a think wool blanket.