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Is Your Mattress Really Natural

If you are eco-minded, you know doubt have done everything you can to green your home. You have installed energy efficient light bulbs and insulation, and perhaps you have opted for low-flow shower heads and toilets to conserve water. In the bedroom, maybe you have set up a mattress made of biodegradable materials or so you think. Can you really be sure that what you are sleeping on can help reduce your carbon footprint?

For a mattress to be labeled as certified organic, it must adhere to a specific composition ratio. The majority of materials inside the bed must be natural - like untreated wool and cotton batting, and natural latex and rubber. What goes into the mattress must not be treated with chemicals like certain fire retardants that can cause people with multiple chemical sensitivities numerous health problems. Now, you may wonder if a bed not treated in this fashion can be resistant to flame, and the answer is yes. A green company typically has the means to craft a mattress or topper to meet fire code standards naturally.

How do you know you are getting a "green" deal when you buy your new bed? You may wish to contact a state-run organization that monitors businesses that operate via environmentally friendly procedures. Anybody can stick a label on a product and declare it "natural" or "organic", but to truly be considered so that product must hold to specific standards. A true natural mattress will be comprised of organic materials at a higher ratio that synthetics like coils and springs.

If you want to totally go green, look beyond the labels as you shop.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on organic latex mattresses and latex pillows.

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