2 Main Features of a Non-Toxic Mattress
You might think “non-toxic” mattresses are just a trend – until you learn the ugly truth behind the majority of mattresses currently on the market. They contain polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and other toxins that can affect mood, hearing, sperm count, hormones, cancer risk, fetal development, and more. No, this isn’t conjecture or a scare tactic. It’s a genuine, scientific fact. Researchers have studied the negative effects of PBDEs on the human body for over 20 years. The more you know about what sets non-toxic mattresses apart, the more eager you’ll be to replace your chemical-saturated one.
Natural Flame Retardants
One of the main reasons mattresses became so chemical-laden was the need to fulfill the requirements for flame-retardant bedding. Without the research and chemical safety standards that exist now, manufacturers could douse their mattresses in almost anything they wanted – as long as the product was fire-resistant. The result was mattresses that contain high amounts of chemicals with known health hazards – especially PBDEs.
Non-toxic mattresses differ from standard models in one major way: they are naturally fire-resistant. That means they don’t rely on strong chemical substances to resist catching on fire. Instead, they use organic wool, which is naturally fire resistant. The structure of organic wool fibers means they require more oxygen than what is in the air to catch fire. Even if it did catch on fire, a burning organic wool mattress would not melt and stick to the skin, as a traditional mattress might.
Organic wool isn’t the only option for naturally flame-resistant mattresses. Gel Matrix™ is also fire-safe without the use of harmful chemicals. The gel material naturally resists fire without saturating the mattress in formaldehyde or other chemical fire inhibitors. Intellibed uses Gel Matrix™ in its mattresses, as well as fireproofing elements such as steel springs covered in organic cotton and silica threads.
When a mattress “off-gases,” it releases a toxic gas into the air. This gas stems from the chemical cocktail saturating the mattress’s fibers. The off-gas from a traditional mattress can contain PBDEs, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, polyurethane, phthalates, boric acid, and other harmful chemicals commonly found in mattress foam fillers and adhesives. Breathing in a standard mattress’s off-gas (which can last for years) for just one day could potentially have harmful health effects, including:
- Respiratory problems, including asthma
- Learning disabilities (especially lower IQ levels in children)
- Hypothyroidism, or a reduction in thyroid hormone production
- Fatigue, hair loss, anxiety, and weight gain from hypothyroidism
- Reduced sperm count
- Mood swings
- Hearing disorders
- Birth defects
- Organ and nervous system damage
You spend about one-third of your life asleep. In these 230,000 hours, if you’re constantly breathing in toxic gases, what do you think your chances of developing one of the above-mentioned health conditions? Don’t wait to find out. Instead, immediately improve your safety and that of your family by swapping out old mattresses with safe, non-toxic Intellibed. Zero harmful chemicals mean no off-gassing and no mattress toxicity. You can rest easy knowing the Gel Matrix™ of Intellibed doesn’t contain anything that could be harmful.