In an effort to live a a more natural lifestyle, I make it my mission to learn about and eliminate the harmful chemicals around my home. One of the most shocking things I learned recently is that most mattresses are treated with toxic chemicals. Have you ever heard of PBDE’s (polybrominated diphenyl ethers)? No? Well, let me introduce you to this chemical. The scary thing is that you may already be exposed and not even know it.
The Hidden Toxin in your Mattress
Is your Mattress Full of Toxins? It’s a definite possibility! Remember that crazy acronym? PBDE is a chemical generally used to treat mattresses to make them fire retardant. According to a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group, American women were found to have this chemical in their breast milk at a level that’s 75 times higher than European Women. That’s a pretty scary statistic! How does that effect Mom and Baby? Some of these chemicals have already been banned in Europe, and the state of California has thus far banned two forms of the fire retardants known to accumulate in the blood of mothers and nursing babies.
Sleeping may be Hazardous to your Health
Sleeping is good, right? We all aim for 7-8 hours of sleep, but if the mattress we sleep on is emitting toxic chemicals maybe it’s not such a good thing! The majority of standard mattresses are made using petroleum based chemicals, foams, plastics and controversial flame retardants. Chem-Tox.com provides an in depth look at the dangers of standard mattresses, including the experiences of 235 adults and children after buying a new mattress or pillow. It’s eye-opening to say the least!
What’s the Scoop on Latex Mattresses?
Latex mattresses are one of the latest and greatest green trends. Latex is a naturally derived liquid that comes from ‘tapping’ live rubber trees. It’s a similar process to the way maple syrup is obtained. The trees aren’t harmed and they provide a sustainable resource for latex. The natural, liquid latex is cleaned and whipped into a high-quality latex foam material used to make mattresses and other things.
Latex Mattresses and Allergies
The first thing I thought of when I heard about Latex mattresses was latex allergies. After working in healthcare for 12 years, I know that latex allergies are a serious concern. But, surprisingly it’s not really an issue. The truth is, latex is a touch-allergy. Latex mattresses don’t generally cause an allergic reaction because the latex in the mattress is typically wrapped in wool and cotton, so latex never touches skin.
Not to spoil your dinner, but most mattresses contain 100,000 to 10 million mites inside, to say nothing of their waste products – ewe! Dust mites and their waste products are one of the most common causes of allergies and asthma. Latex mattresses are much more resistant to dust mites, mold and mildew than standard mattresses.
This infographic demonstrates that not only are mattresses full of petrochemicals and “coy little crawlers”, but other offenders as well. PlushBeds offers an alternative to the mattresses that contain the 5 factors graphically demonstrated and discussed below.
Disclosures and Credits:
Featured Image of woman in bed courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image of woman breastfeeding baby courtesy of Jomphong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image of empty bed courtesy of Feelart at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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