We have big news: Naturepedic is the first in the country to have a MADE SAFE certified mattress! Since our inception, we’ve taken every step possible to ensure that the materials in our mattresses are as safe as possible. After all, we got our start after our founder Barry Cik set out to create a mattress he would allow his grandchild to sleep on that wasn’t made with toxic chemicals or questionable materials.
Naturepedic has always been one of the few companies that make mattresses certified in their entirety to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) – the organic standard for mattresses endorsed by the USDA. MADE SAFE is an independent third-party certifier that scrutinizes the materials used in making mattresses to make sure that they are not made with known harmful carcinogens, behavioral, reproductive, and neuro toxins, hormone disruptors, heavy metals, pesticides, insecticides, flame retardants, toxic solvents, or harmful VOCs and more.
Unfortunately, yes, in conventional (as in, not certified organic) mattresses. Common questionable materials in mattresses (never ourts!) include:
- Polyurethane foam
- Flame retardants
- Vinyl and associated phthalates
- Perfluorinated compounds
If you’re going to choose one room in your house to make as nontoxic as possible, the bedroom is crucial. When we sleep, our bodies are resting, rejuvenating, and detoxing. If what you or your family is sleeping on is made with toxic chemicals, it’s limiting your body’s ability to rejuvenate and detox—not to mention potentially exposing you to harmful chemicals for the hours that you’re sleeping on it!
It seems like common sense that materials linked to serious health impacts should not be allowed in any products or items, doesn’t it? But unfortunately, because there’s no law that regulates these chemicals in mattresses or bedding, many contain toxic flame retardants linked to a host of human health concerns, including:
- Lower birth weight
- Reduced IQ (similar to lead poisoning)
- Poor coordination
- Reduced fertility
- Birth defects
- Hormonal changes
For most people, the problem is that it’s hard to figure out which mattresses contain harmful chemicals and which ones don’t – you almost need a toxicology degree just to figure it out! The MADE SAFE seal aims to solve this problem. Finally, you have the power to easily find trusted, certified sleep systems that are made without known toxic chemicals for you and your family.
With this seal, we’re pioneering change for how products should be made in this country: safer, healthier, and less toxic. By buying MADE SAFE, you can help us bring about this change. Together we can begin to eliminate toxic chemicals altogether! Look for this seal on our mattresses in stores and on our website, as well as on www.madesafe.org.