Tips on How to shop for a healthy latex mattress
With all the mattress green-washing going on, It’s a real challenge for consumers to compare all the latex 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.
The only way to limit your off-gassing exposure, is to verify the manufacturer certifications that test VCO level from only third-party certification by an authoritative laboratory using accepted standards. These include Eco-institut, Oeko-Tex, Greenguard Gold which are the most trusted sources in the mattress industry. Make sure the certificates are up to date (usually valid for 1 year), and that all the parameters, test below the recommended threshold for safe VOC exposure.
Be vigilant of latex that’s advertised as 100% Natural Talalay or Dunlop Latex, most of the time it’s a blend of natural rubber and synthetic latex aka ”styrene butadiene rubber” (SBR) which are two petroleum based chemicals, and each listed as a VOC. If your are buying 100% Natural Talalay or dunlop latex, insist on reviewing the certificates provided by the manufacturers, showing that what you’re buying is made of at least 95% natural rubber.
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 natural rubber content, 100% natural rubber, or a blended with synthetic rubber? (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 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 that aggressive marketing is trying hard to get your business, so you can only trust your research, and the 3rd party labs that test for advertising integrity.