In my previous post I brought up some of the materials contained in mattresses, which I discovered as I was doing the research for that article. They include formaldehyde, polyurethane, petrochemicals, and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), all of which are known to be harmful to health. You’re sleeping on these chemicals, night after night, for ten years or more…and that’s before you even get to the problem of how to recycle the darn thing as there’s no way those materials will be be biodegradable.
Have you considered buying an organic mattress? These are made with an effort to reduce or eliminate the VOC’s and other chemicals typically used in other mattresses without sacrificing your comfort.
Here’s what to look for if you do decide to get an organic mattress:
- it should contain organic cotton fabric.
- it should use 100% all natural wool.
- it should use non-toxic fire resistant agents (so as to comply with fire resistance laws)
- there should be no VOC’s or formaldehyde
- it should use natural latex rubber
- it should use recycled steel springs
If you’re going to have to buy and later recycle a mattress, it might as well be something biodegradable that won’t poison you for 10+ years or poison the environment once you’re done with it. I wish I’d been more aware of these issues when I bought my current mattress–but there’s always next time!