There is a real movement in the furniture industry to offer organic furniture especially organic mattresses or as they are sometimes called “green mattresses“.
The real benefit of green mattresses is that they can provide a health benefit and give you a better night’s sleep. That’s because they are eco-friendly and reduce your exposure to chemicals found in conventional mattresses. Organic mattresses are all-natural mattresses and can help eliminate allergies, skin irritations like eczema, watery or burning eyes, and help you breathe easier while sleeping. Some conventional mattresses have been known to trigger asthma.
There are natural memory foam mattresses available which have no VOC’s (VOC free – VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds) and have no chemical fumes.
What is VOC? VOC’s emit gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short-and long-term adverse health effects.
Some conventional mattresses can emit Formaldehyde which is a chemical. It is a colorless gas with a characteristic pungent odor. Exposure to Formaldehyde include many of the symptoms described above like burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea and difficulty in breathing and even fatigue (how ironic is this – going to bed and feeling tired when you wake up).
A lot of parents are specifically looking to buy organic mattresses for their new borns cribs or mattress for their small children because a babies skin (or child’s skin) is so sensitive. There are many stories of parents finding that switching from a conventional mattress to an organic mattress helped their children sleep better and prevented rashes and/or reduced their child’s allergies.
What you should know about green mattresses? All mattresses are required to be fire resistant and therefore most mattresses including green mattresses need to have fire retardant protection.
So where can you buy green mattresses in Canada?