Kids breathe and absorb toxic chemicals on an ordinary mattress!A kids mattress SHOULD be nontoxic. Conventional mattresses are made from an array of petrochemicals, synthetic materials and chemical additives (flame retardant chemicals, mercury, boric acid, and formaldehyde). Kids spend a lot of time on their mattresses especially when they are very young. Sleep is important for healthy development, not to mention their mood. Do you spend the extra time to provide your kids with healthy food to put in their bodies? Don't you want your kids to spend the time that is supposed to rejuventate their minds and bodies in a clean, nontoxic environment? The Shasta - Best Organic Kids Mattress Lifekind's Hand-Tufted Natural Rubber certified organic twin mattress (The Shasta) is the best organic mattress for kids. It is our most budget-friendly natural rubber latex organic mattress.
Fire Protection Done WrongConventional mattresses are drenched in toxic chemical flame retardants. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are used in conventional mattresses to lower the risk and slow the spread of fire. How many kids do you know who are smoking a cigar when they go to bed? When kids sleep at night, they breathe in the PBDEs that offgas from the mattress. A 2010 study found that "children with higher concentrations of PBDE congeners in their umbilical cord blood at birth scored lower on tests of mental and physical development between the ages of one and six. Developmental effects were particularly evident at four years of age, when verbal and full IQ scores were reduced 5.5 to 8.0 points for those with the highest prenatal exposures." There is a ton of information on the internet about the risks of exposer to PBDEs, so why not avoid the risk altogether? Other flame-retardant chemicals currently approved for use in mattresses include:
• Antimony, a metal that may be more toxic than mercury
• Boric acid, a toxic respiratory irritant used as an insecticide • Formaldehyde, which has been classified as a known human carcinogen