how to buy a mattress without flame retardant

MATTRESS COMPANIES DO NOT TELL THE TRUTH! I spent a month of extensive reading & asking lots of questions before getting our new organic latex mattress from a small, trusted, one man shop (specializing in only Latex mattresses) Tim at , that custom builds latex mattresses to your liking.
I’m sure there are some great, comfortable, organic mattresses out there, but for me, I just didn’t want to risk spending $4,000 on an organic mattress and still have to sacrifice comfort.
YOU CAN GET PRESCRIPTION FROM DOCTOR! The only regulation on mattresses is that they must be sprayed with highly toxic FIRE RETARDANTS! Tim at Seattle Natural Mattress asked if we had a doctors prescription??? I’d never heard of this, but you can actually get a prescription from your doc against spraying fire retardants on your mattress.
Since changing to the new latex mattresses, they have been sick a lot less and my youngest daughter’s ear infections that were chronic even with ear tubes, have since gone away! Plus, the mattress my husband and I got is super squishy and super comfortable.
Buying an organic and natural latex mattress for each member of our family was super important to me and I scrimped and saved in other areas and ways to finally be able to afford it.
This company also makes an adult mattress but the queen was a little too much for us at $1600.00 so we bought a cheaper mattress (Denver Mattress Co – Doctors Choice for $500.00 queen) that’s probably very toxic so now I’m trying to find a way to off gas and cover it to protect us as much as possible.
And actually, there were a ton to choose from! We tried out a couple, and ended up with a high quality mattress with a wonderfully soft pillow top and in brand new condition (without the toxic chemicals) since it had been sitting in a guest room (also in a pet-free, smoke-free home) for the last 6 years.
So, for those of us that probably have toxic mattresses due to budget and not knowing better at the time of purchase, what do you recommend? Do you recommend wrapping the mattress? I get so sick to my stomach as I continue to realize how bad everything is for us.
MATTRESS COMPANIES ARE NOT REGULATED! They can say it’s “100% natural latex” when only the top two inches is latex, but the rest is something else, which will break down & cause sinking or off gassing.
I went ahead and bought a decent new mattress and then I found this activated charcoal felt that you lay down under the mattress pad (which I also made sure was organic cotton).
I decided to try out some organic mattresses by searching on craigslist and asking sellers if I could come by and lay on their mattress.
I personally bought an organic/natural latex mattress with an organic wool topper to get more of that pillow top feel.

A study conducted at Columbia University and published in 2010 had found children whose umbilical cords contained high levels of certain polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), once common in flame retardants, scored low on tests of mental and physical development.
But chemicals? There are no labeling requirements for mattresses other than the floppy white tag saying it meets federal requirements to resist fire.
Only then could the store avoid penalties associated with contravening federal and, for an additional fee of $100, halt its production line to build a new mattress without flame protection.
I was told I needed a doctor’s note saying my daughter could not be exposed to flame retardant chemicals.
They picked up flame retardant from crib mattresses and TV cabinets and, especially, from contaminated house dust stirred by floor play.
Try to look for a mattress without any fire retardant chemicals, made of wool, organic cotton, or natural rubber latex.
These mattresses are generally made of natural latex and wrapped in organic cotton and wool.
Mattress manufacturers are not required to disclose the chemicals used in their beds, but you can do a quick internet search to find the best brands or go to a store that specializes in organic, natural bedding.
Organic Cotton or Wool is the most common batting you might find while shopping for a natural or healthy mattress.
Most organic mattress makers claim wool pass fire barrier tests.
Natural latex is attractive in a mattress because it’s healthy, durable (20+ years) and will provide you with a consistent feeling product for years unlike synthetics that dry out and break down.
Every mattress sold in the United States must contain enough Fire Retardant to withstand a 2 foot wide blowtorch open flame for 70 seconds.
A solid foam mattress like a natural latex mattress is ideal as there are no open areas where accumulation and reproduction can occur.
Antimony (a heavy metal almost identical to Arsenic), Boric Acid (yes, the Roach Killer), Silicon (Silica Glass, a known respiratory hazard and carcinogen), Melamine, Formaldehyde, Decabromodiphenyl Oxide, and Ammonium Polyphosphate are the main chemicals being used by mattress manufacturers to meet the new state and federal flammability standards.
Antimony Trioxide (Arsenic), Boric Acid (Roach Killer),  Silicon (Silica Glass), Melamine, Formaldehyde, Decabromodiphenyl Oxide, and Ammonium Polyphosphate are the main chemicals being used by mattress manufacturers to meet federal flammability standards.
Almost all mattress manufactures and retailers continue to tell people there are no chemicals in mattresses, there are no labeling requirements.
With the new flameproof mattress regulation all mattresses now contain toxic chemicals.
I’ve only just become aware of this toxic mattress and especially toxic lambskin baby rug theory…many say proof is that SIDS increases with each additional child because the fungus builds up and in poor families because they by second-hand matresses, so my question is, why aren’t there more cases of SIDS in nurseries and with childminders (who also often buy second-hand)? Surely their mattresses are used by many different children over many years??? My thanks to anyone who can reply.
Downsides: According to reports it’s pretty noisy, so if you’re the type to sneak out of bed after your littles fall asleep (like Daddypotamus and I do every night) be warned! Also, keep in mind that polyethylene is not breathable – you’ll probably want to add a washable cotton mattress pad over the cover if it’s going on an adult bed.
A certified organic latex mattress with certified organic cotton and untreated wool in the cover does the trick.
It’s fairly inexpensive, and as I mentioned earlier “food-grade polyethylene is the safest plastic available for waterproofing a crib mattress [or other mattress].
Has anyone else had trouble finding the crib sized mattress cover? I googled as described but the first 3 pages have come back with more info on why it is safe and new mattresses with this kind of cover but no covers by themselves.
To get around this, either go with a naturally hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and dust mite resistant natural latex mattress or consider an organic mattress with a waterproof layer made of low density, food-grade polyethylene.
Need a chemical free, non allergenic one, and I am stumped… I found your blog while googling for a natural mattress, and I’m so glad to find it.
Where to buy: You can Google “low density, food-grade polyethylene mattress cover” to find the best prices on the crib versions, but the only manufacturer of adult-sized covers I am aware of can be found here.
According to this article, “Just because a mattress is called organic does not mean that it’s non-toxic.
Unfortunately, it appears that this fungus likes to eat chemicals so it’s possible that anything you spray on it will just feed it The good news is that mattress wrapping does seem to be very effective at dealing with gasses right on the sleeping surface.
will i just have to swallow putting her to sleep on a crap mattress, try not to think about it all night long as she breathes in nasty chemicals, and stop doing research because that’s when i realize how many of these healthier options are for people who can afford them? sorry, end of rant! i appreciate this article and, especially, how well researched it is! just may have to lay this one down for a while, i guess.
Among other things, Bean Products carries flame retardant-free furniture made of 100% natural Dunlop latex foam, organic cotton batting, and covers made from durable natural hemp.
The flame retardant-free furniture I recommend in this post is made with 100% natural latex for filling, organic cotton or hemp fabric for covers and has a wool barrier to pass the flammability test.
Most upholstered furniture is made with polyurethane foam filling treated with toxic flame retardant chemicals.
new foam that doesn’t contain flame retardants over the second and third quarter of 2014.” MilloinDollarbaby wrote “Both Crescent and Sleepytime chairs use foam which is a natural flame retardant and there is no need to add anything.” However, their website is specific that these chairs are PBDE free, which to me seems different than saying fire retardant free so who knows.
Here are a couple of places where you can buy furniture free of polyurethane foam, flame retardants, and other toxins.
Our own line of customizable furniture has been made using zero flame retardants since 2012, and we have just received test results showing our furniture components are not only compliant with TB 117-2013, but also comply with the BAN on all chemical flame retardants for CA consumers by January 1, 2015.
Independent government researchers have stated that TB 117 failed to improve fire safety; instead, it prompted companies to implement unnecessary practices that exposed our children and families to a long series of toxic flame retardant chemicals that have been linked to serious health problems.
Answer: If a child’s mattress is made of polyurethane foam (e.g, such as juvenile and crib mattresses) they are likely to contain flame retardants (rather than use the more expensive barrier technology as used in adult mattresses).
These results do not indicate which specific flame retardant your furniture contains or in what concentration, but if we find the elements we are looking for (chlorine and bromine) it is likely that the foam has been treated with flame retardants.
Answer: Some children’s sleepwear (for children 9 months and older) may contain flame retardant chemicals.
Answer: The Center for Environmental Health can test foam to detect the presence of elements in some major flame retardants.
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If you want to purchase some beeswax and organic jojoba oil for your toys (or other wood products) this Three Beeauitful Bees All-Natural Beeswax Polish is great! They have 3 different types of polish and only the All-Natural is made with organic oil! Just a note, if a toy is finished with a food grade mineral oil that means it is a petroleum-based oil.
A lot of us are trying to lead a non-toxic lifestyle, buying non-toxic toys, eating organic but one big way of keeping chemicals out of your house during the Christmas season is to buy an organic tree.
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3) Buy organic clothing–there are innumerable websites listing organic cotton and/or hemp clothing for sale, or check out the on-line Co-op America’s National Green Pages:     and type in "organic clothing" or "hemp clothing"  under "key word" on search guide.
Flame retardant chemicals, known as  polybrominated diphenyls (PBDE’s) found in furniture, clothing, and carpet padding manufactured in the U.S and Europe have been found to accumulate in women’s breast milk.  They have also found their way to the Arctic, poisoning Indigenous peoples and endangering Arctic polar bears and other wildlife.
For more choices in eco-furniture and organic mattresses, go to National Green Pages  and type in "furniture" "mattresses" "sofas", etc.
The report by Clean and Healthy New York, an environmental health advocacy group, surveyed 28 companies that make most of the standard-size crib mattresses and found that 72 percent of mattress models use one or more chemicals of concern, including certain flame retardants, antibacterials and waterproofing additives.
Nearly three-quarters of crib mattresses in this country contained “suspect or dangerous” chemicals, underscoring the need to reform the federal laws that govern chemical use, according to a report scheduled to be released Thursday.
Clean and Healthy New York focused on the crib mattresses because infants are especially vulnerable to chemical exposure, and they spend up to 16 hours a day with their faces pressed up within inches of chemicals their parents probably do not know about, said Bobbi Chase Wilding, lead author of the study.
November 20 — A new report released today shows that toxic ‘flame retardant’ chemicals are present in children’s furniture sold in major retailers like Target, Walmart, Toys R Us and others in Kentucky and all over the U.S.  Playing on Poisons, released by the Center for Environmental Health along with partner groups including the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, describes the health harm from exposure to these toxic chemicals, which are linked to a wide range of health problems including obesity, cancer, diabetes, infertility, and other kinds of hormonal disruptions.  The report also highlights the problematic policies in California and for the U.S. that have allowed these highly toxic chemicals to be used in products.
The good news is, most new mattresses and other polyurethane foam products, such as pillows and mattress pads, are no longer made with PBDEs.
Without PBDEs, what are manufacturers doing to meet government flammability standards? Natural mattress companies blend cotton with wool, which is naturally flame resistant.
Until 2005, manufacturers of mattresses containing foam commonly used flame retardants called PBDEs that may damage human nervous systems.
While sellers of natural-fiber mattresses may claim that synthetics are bad for you, there’s little evidence substantiating this, especially since most manufacturers have stopped using PBDE flame retardants (see below).
Stuffed with a combination of coconut coir and natural latex, this crib mattress is made in the U.S. It features a removable cover made of organic cotton and wool.
Its Pebble Pure crib mattress is made with an organic coconut core layered with natural latex foam and organic wool (sourced from local farmers).
Made in the U.S., this crib mattress contains organic cotton filling with springs to provide firm support.
This mattress features a core made of renewable and sustainable plant foam and organic cotton batting.
The company describes it as “the memory foam we all know and love, but it’s made without the gunk.” The mattress contains no plastics, vinyl, or chemically treated fabrics, and using Kevlar fabric to pass flammability tests.
Even though I’m quite happy with the latex mattress now, we’ll likely stick with organic futons going forward.
Our order for 3 layers of latex plus a vegan mattress cover came to $960, including shipping.
The other problem was that the 3″ layers were actually only 2.75″ thick, while the mattress cover was a full 9″ tall, meaning there was 3/4 of an inch of empty space making the cover baggy.
We were looking for a twin extra-long mattress for our new guest bed and thought we’d try out these latex mattresses everyone is raving about.
Mailing a latex mattress core is really expensive though (just over $100) so do your best to get it right the first time, even if you are lucky enough to encounter awesome customer service.
But if you already know you want a latex mattress, buying DIY components is definitely worth considering.
If you want to buy an organic mattress without any wool, you have to have a doctor’s note.
Turns out all latex isn’t made the same and our mattress was way too soft.
Since becoming involved in the furniture industry in 2004, Endicott Home Furnishings has tried to apply a sensible approach to energy and clean living principles, using renewable energy (wood pellets for heat), recycling as much of the packaging as possible, etc.  It made no sense, then, when designing a line of furniture for smaller, efficient, and often airtight homes, to include chemicals that were only required in California by a law that could not stand much longer in the face of growing consumer awareness and academic scrutiny.  ( Update 2013-12-30: While we are pleased with the changes brought about by the November signing of TB 117-2013, we remain skeptical that all manufacturers can make the switch to zero flame retardant foam by January 1, 2015 – changing a seat cushion on a successful design is a littl e more nuanced than swapping materials A for B…)  We decided to eradicate from our own designs all the flame retardants of questionable merit, making our furniture temporarily illegal for sale in California.  As long as we aspired to serve a primarily New England market as a very small business, this was an easy decision with little financial consequence to us.  When California laws were updated, we were the only ones with designs that removed all toxic flame retardants from conventionally designed furniture, though others must necessarily follow suit to be able to sell in California by 2015.
Mattresses made from natural materials, such as wool, must still meet flame resistant standards but because these materials are more inherently flame resistant, they require the addition of fewer chemicals.
Although these toxic chemicals have been banned and are no longer used, mattresses and other foam furniture must still meet stringent flame resistant standards in the United States.
Many conventional mattresses are made of petroleum based chemicals, requiring large amount of flame retardant chemicals, and have plastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic mattress covers.
When you purchase a new mattress it is not likely to contain PBDEs, but it might have other chemicals such as chlorinated-TRIS, a cancer-causing flame retardant chemical that was banned in children’s sleepwear decades ago but is now making a comeback.
Mattresses made from petroleum based chemicals, such as polyurethane foam, are highly flammable and require the addition of flame retardant chemicals to make them flame resistant.

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