Misleading advertising has invaded the mattress industry
It's a challenge for consumers to compare all the mattress choices from companies that claim to have the “purest”, the "natural", the "hypoallergenic" the "non-toxic" product at the “best” price!
Not all organic aka "natural" mattresses are created equal (even if they use similar materials) Recently the FTC has found 3 mattress manufacturers guilty of making false claims about their mattresses and VOC levels. Avoid blended latex because it's almost always synthesized with styrene and butadiene, which are two petroleum based chemicals, that are listed VOC's and linked to health issues.
Our Certified Organic Natural rubber tree latex does not off-gas, but rubber does still have an odor. The smell is not offensive for the vast majority of our customers and you'll probably never notice it, unless you inspect the latex without its cover. Note: Certified Organic Natural rubber should not be confused with blended latex, which does off-gas yet is still considered low VOC.
With this in mind, it's even more important than ever to do your research, if you want to buy the right mattress for you and your family.
Here is the secret to buying the healthiest mattress!
Check the 3rd party certificates from the mattress manufacturer! If they are up to date, and come from a reputable laboratory, chances are you will be getting what you pay for!
Reputable manufacturers should have a certificate for each of these latex mattress components and will post these certificates on their website for you to see: (3rd party laboratories)
- Check for latex content, 100% natural rubber, or a blend? (QUL, Eco-Institut, and GOLS)
- Check for VOC's (Oeko-Tex, Eco-Insitut, C2C, Greenguard)
- Check the type of adhesive they use (Greenguard)
- Check the integrity of the 100% organic cotton cover (GOTS)
- Check to see if the wool is Organic or at least Virgin
Be mindful of manufacturers that do not post their certificates on line or that simply list their ingredients claiming there is no need for a certification. Remember there is no agency overseeing the mattress industry, so you have to trust your research, and the 3rd party labs that test for advertising integrity.