You’ve devoted yourself to living a cleaner, more natural life free from harmful substances, volatile compounds, and carcinogens. If so, you’ve already recognized the last frontier of clean organic living is one of life’s largest and most critical components—the one third of our existence that we spend sleeping.
Debra Lynn Dadd, a Florida writer and blogger who has authored hundreds of articles about toxic substances in household products, says, “If you are interested in things like organic food and natural beauty products, you should realize that you’re actually getting a greater exposure to toxic chemicals in your bed than anywhere else.”
Since the 1960’s, most of what you’ve been able to find mattress shopping are beds constructed of either a polyurethane foam slab, a petroleum-based material, or metal springs between polyurethane foam layers. But in an era where more educated consumers and a shift in personal values to the use of natural materials have become prevalent, polyurethane foam has found itself on the hot seat because it emits volatile organic compounds also known as V.O.C’s. These V.O.C’s have been linked to respiratory irritation and other health problems, according to both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Children’s mattresses were usually covered with a vinyl which had been softened with chemical phthalates to make the material pliable. The phthalates, however, have been linked to health issues and the sale of children’s mattresses and other products with phthalates have been banned by federal law.
A true organic mattress is all-natural, petroleum-free, and derived from environmentally conscious sources. Mattress World Northwest’s line of organic mattresses are made from high-density, all-natural, non-blended, petroleum-free latex and have attained the GreenGuard GOLD certification standard.
For fire retardation, our Organic Mattress Inc. line passes California’s stringent fire regulation standards by wrapping pre-compressed organic cotton around pre-compressed organic wool, without use of chemicals.
The quality construction of an organic mattress at Mattress World Northwest is outstanding. The mattress covers themselves are made up of three layers of knitted organic cotton with durable four-way stretch. An OMI naturals organic mattress can last up to five years longer than a conventional bed. Organic mattresses can be a little more expensive than conventional foam mattresses because of the construction quality, but the health benefits to be derived are why organic mattresses have become so popular.
Mattress World Northwest has Portland’s largest and best selection of natural organic latex mattresses. Experienced Sleep Specialists in our 11 Oregon retail locations are on-hand to answer any questions and make suggestions based on your needs and preferences. If you value natural products and environmental sustainability, our staff can help you find the best organic mattress for your health.