Thursday, June 26, 2014

411 on Mattress Off-gassing

411 on Mattress Off-gassing

This original article, written in 2011, does not seem to allow more comments, so I'm sharing this to make a correction here.

First, the author assumes that organic baby mattresses are safe. While they are safER, they are not "safe." This is because organic mattresses (unless specifically labeled differently) still contain harmful fire retardant chemicals. An organic mattress is simply made from organic cotton; it does not mean that the finished mattress is free of chemicals.

Second, it boasts the use of wool for fire retardancy. While wool is natural, and seems like a great alternative, it is not safe to use in a baby's mattress. Sheepskin and wool contain natural antimony from the sheep's diet. Antimony, when consumed by fungus and bacteria, produces a toxic nerve gas which has been implicated in crib death. While the author touches on the action of bacteria and fungus on chemicals in mattresses, she fails to realize that wool contains these dangerous heavy metals and are just as toxic, if not more so.