Does Chemical Off-Gassing Harm My Family’s Health?
Do you remember when they used to say cigarette smoking wasn't bad for anyone's health? For almost two decades cigarette companies disputed the obvious scientific evidence. That is, until so many people died, they couldn't deny the facts any longer.
Today, nobody tries to defend cigarette smoke. Ample evidence shows how deadly secondhand smoke is for babies, children and family members. And now, most public places prohibit smoking.
So much pain and controversy around a little bit of smoke that is almost invisible and smells bad.
Yet, the damage is real.
THE ON-GOING DEBATE
Today there is a debate about mattress off-gassing. Of course, it is one thing to burn chemicals next to your mouth and breathe in about 70 chemicals that cause cancer. It is another thing for you to worry about a slight unpleasant odor originating from your mattress. But the way the danger is dismissed, debunked or derided sounds painfully familiar.
Not enough studies. Not enough evidence. Not enough proof that chemicals in the mattress, breathed in by people causes any problems whatsoever.
The issue is we live in a society filled with toxins and it can be difficult to pinpoint WHERE the danger is lurking. The air? The water? The ground? All the above? Plus, some?
Unfortunately, the decision rests with us. We must choose the correct product for us and our family.
So, what EXACTLY is, off-gassing? What danger MIGHT it pose for our family? And what choices do we have?
Many mattresses contain chemicals that are unhealthy. They are more dangerous to babies and children. They contain petroleum-based chemicals, toxic foams, synthetic fabrics with fire-barriers based on chemicals. An odor occurs when volatile organic compounds (VOCs) leak out into the air you breathe.
It can cause irritation to people with chemical sensitivities or respiratory conditions. Some people might feel nauseated or dizzy from the smell.
Your mattress isn't the only item that can off-gas. When it comes to VOCs the effect on indoor air pollution can be cumulative. Furniture, carpet, paint and plastics can also be a source. The more exposure, the greater the risk of experiencing symptoms.
Inhaling low levels of VOCs over several years, or a lifetime, can increase the risk of cancer and other life damaging diseases.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
When you walk through a cloud of cigarette smoke for a moment, how does it affect you? Do you cringe, cough a bit, wave away the smoke and search for fresh air?
Imagine that you are breathing that in, every night, for eight hours during the night while you sleep!
Choosing the right mattress is one of the best decisions you can make. One good choice, and you have a third of your life filled with good, chemical-free sleep.
You've already taken the first step in the right direction by reading this article. You are educating yourself about how you can improve your family's health by choosing the right mattress.
Research. Dig for the facts. The truth is, it takes time to reach the right conclusion about your mattress choices. But, don't delay! Your good night's rest is waiting for you.
WHAT DO WE OFFER?
OEKO-TEX Certified 100% All-Natural Talalay Latex. This latex has the highest rating possible in its class. It is free from harmful substances and is even safe for babies. Few latex or foam producers in the world meet these standards. The adhesives are water-based and free of solvents.
This latex breathes up to seven times better than other latex, allowing for a cooler sleep. This breathable design and cell structure create a temperature neutral environment.
It is also ideal for those with allergies and asthma. It is mold, mildew and dust mite resistant, since it is a natural product. It is also antibacterial and antifungal. Nature. It's the best!
The latex is made from natural, biodegradable ingredients coming from renewable resources and water-based raw materials. The rubber trees are productive for 25 years, keeping our earth sustainable.
The best part of Talalay latex is it doesn't off-gas like synthetic foam or polyurethane. If you notice a new bed smell, sleep well knowing that no harmful chemicals are being released. Talalay is made from only natural ingredients.
Guess what? We aren't experts on how to help that co-worker of yours to stop smoking. But we are experts on how to make healthy mattresses that provide the best sleep of your life. Speak to one of our mattress mentors today! Your lungs will thank you. *sigh*