Misleading Claim #1: Merchants using organic logos, or statements that use the word "organic," to describe their mattresses as "organic" or partially "organic." Incorrect Because: Under USDA National Organic Program regulations (USDA/NOP), there are no such categories. There is only "certified organic."Misleading Claim #2: Merchants claiming that since they use the same organic materials that are used in certified organic mattresses, why pay more? Incorrect Because: Without submitting to an independent third-party audit, a consumer has no assurance that whatever organic component is claimed to be used was actually used in making a mattress.
Misleading Claim #3: Merchants claiming that since the materials they use are the same as those used by true organic manufacturers, what's the difference? Incorrect Because: Fast food and fine dining can include the same ingredients, but the outcomes are quite different—it's about quality and purity, not just materials.Misleading Claim #4: Merchants using someone else's certification to infer it is their own, but somehow doesn't have their name on it for a string of reasons. Incorrect Because: USDA certification certificates are not transferable. Misleading Claim #5: Merchants claiming their mattresses are "chemical free." Incorrect Because: This is scientifically impossible. Misleading Claim #6: Merchants claiming their mattresses are "nontoxic." Incorrect Because: This is also scientifically impossible. Misleading Claim #7: Merchants claiming their mattresses are "free of volatile organic compounds (VOCS)" or have no harmful outgassing. Incorrect Because: This is also scientifically impossible, and without an independentUL/GREENGUARD™ or similar test for finished-product emissions, no one can possibly know exact outgassing levels. Misleading Claim #8: Merchants claiming that their components have been tested for the presence of a long list of chemicals and that none were found. Incorrect Because: What this means is that the mattress components may have been tested at one point, early in the process, by what is known as a "presence" test. True, these chemicals may not have been present at that time, but it gives absolutely no information as to what is actually emitting from the finished mattress. That is a consumer assurance UL/GREENGUARD™ testing provides.
Find out if a mattress is in fact listed on the certifier's website.
Note: The name of the manufacturer or retailer must be entered precisely, such as "Organic Mattresses, Inc."http://www.global-standard.org/public-database/search.html http://certification.controlunion.com/certified_companies_and_products.aspx