I have always questioned why a certain, major, "Swedish foam" mattress manufacturer would tell customers on their website that off-gassing is normal and all you need to do is open the window and let your mattress air out. I have had customers who asked for refunds from that company because the issue with off-gassing did not stop
One issue that concerns us is that even premium quality, luxury mattresses on the market today are almost entirely made from petrochemicals. In fact, it takes a 55 gallon drum
of petrochemicals to make a queen size mattress! This explains the off-gassing - and
why mattresses made with synthetic foams are so flammable that the government passed a flammability law called FR1633. This law, however well intentioned, has led to even more
chemicals being poured into the mattress manufacturing process. When a mattress does catch on fire, it releases toxic gases in the form of hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide, which can be as deadly as the mattress fire itself.
Chemical Flame Retardants used in polyurethane foam endangers firefighters and gymnasts
. Could you be putting your health at risk sleeping on Chemical Flame Retardants?
Tempur rated as "not recommended" in German Test
<riciabaker at hotmail.com>I am an American physical therapist living in Germany. I used to sell tempur products because I truly believed that the mattress and pillow system was a fantastic product. All my patients were also always very pleased with the products because of the comfort factor. No-one reported any allergy symptoms to me personally. HOWEVER, in May, and again in September 2002, the most widely read consumer magazine in Germany; "Öko Test", tested approx. 20 different mattresses for toxic chemicals. TEMPUR WAS THE WORST: The panel of researchers rated the products as "not recommended". Researchers found very high levels of toxins, including high levels of an arsenic compound and phosphor compounds. Many other chemicals are also listed. Some of the chemicals are used to make the mattress fire resistant and anti-fungal. The magazine also printed a letter from the German office of Tempur, threatening to sue the magazine. The site is in German, but if you want the site address I can give it to interested consumers. The good news, at least in Germany, is that Tempur did get scared enough to remove most toxic chemicals from the mattresses and pillows (although who can really believe it until another test is forced upon them. One wonders what they will do with their remaining stock...hopefully not just send them to another country for sale to an unknowing population).
Email: riciabaker at hotmail.com
Sunday, November 03, 2002 at 06:02:03 (CST)
Munich, Germany - Sunday, November 03, 2002 at 07:27:07 (CST)
Natural latex rubber verses memory foam comparison chart
|Natural Rubber Latex
||Swedish Memory - Polyurethane Foam
|Natural Latex- Oeko-Tek 100 Standard certified
|Petroleum products with toxic
chemicals - PBDE'S, DECA
(Nero-Toxin & Cancer causing chemicals) Isocyanide
|| Feels like wet sand, hard to turn over
|Sleeps cool, breathable
|| Sleeps hot, often referred by Fire Fighters as "Solid Gasoline"
|Rubber is the most durable material - 100% all natural latex will not take body impressions.
|| Body impressions & forms ridge in the middle
|Naturally anti-microbial & hypo-allergenic
||Hypo-allergenic proof but toxic
|Ultimate in pressure relief
||Most aggravate pressure points
||Toxic glues & adhesives
||Impossible to recycle
|Natural - harvested from rubber trees
||Severe off-gassing problem, particularly formaldehyde, FDA just declared formaldehyde & styrene as cancer causing agents. Probably why NASA didn't use it. Releases Hydrogen Cyanide, aka Zyklon B, a deadly gas at 800 degrees C.
||Takes time to adjust to your position & body temperature when you roll over
|Comfort remains consistent
||Firmness fluctuates with the room temperature
|Will last for decades
||Breaks down quickly
||Retails for significantly higher price
||Both sleepers must have same surface
| 100% All Natural Rubber tapped from the rubber tree
|| Memory foam is polyurethane with Visco-elastic added. Breaks down quickly. Look at the law-label
Soy and "green mattresses", are usually polyurethane foam & green washing.