One of the many reasons that people choose to invest in our products is because our latex foam doesn’t contain any fire retardant chemicals. We don’t need to add any of these potentially hazardous chemicals to our products because the federal regulations on mattresses do not apply to mattress cores or toppers. Being able to avoid this step in the manufacturing process helps us keep costs down, it helps the environment, and it helps you avoid bringing these chemicals into your homes and into your bodies. Between 1970 and 2004, the amount of flame-retardants in the bloodstreams of adults doubled every two to five years.
There is a lot of speculation about fire retardant chemicals, and whether they do more harm than good. An important factor to keep in mind is that scientists at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that flame-retardants in household furniture aren’t as effective as they seem, and that some of them can actually be dangerous. They aren’t effective because the parts of the furniture exposed to the chemicals aren’t necessarily the parts that catch on fire first. Clearly the low effectiveness of these chemicals is not worth the high dangers.
Some of the facts mentioned in this blog post were pulled from a Chicago Tribune article titled “Fear Fans Flames for Chemical Makers”, written by Patricia Callahan and Sam Roe, and published on May 6, 2012. This article is a very interesting and enlightening read, and we highly recommend taking a look at it if you’re interested in learning more about fire retardant chemicals.