Struggling to get a good night’s sleep? Your synthetic-latex mattress may be to blame. As comfortable as a memory foam mattresses may be, their chief component is polyurethane, a combustible petrochemical. That means to meet safety standards, companies need to add flame retardants—such as barrier materials made from synthetic fibers, which give off a distinct smell of chemicals. That comes from the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in those fibers giving off gas, or “off-gassing.” (Read more about how your mattress might be making you sick.)
While it’s essentially impossible to get rid of synthetic chemicals in mattresses completely, organic latex mattresses are a good, affordable alternative. They’re sourced from responsibly grown rubber trees and cotton, and limit VOC off-gassing for a healthier night’s sleep. Read on for 4 ways to become a savvy organic mattress shopper.
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