Organic Mattress Pad
The popularity of organic mattress pads has been on the rise recently, sought out by people who took a look at what's in their mattress and demanded a safe, natural alternative. Mattresses are virtually toxic waste dumps, containing multitudes of highly damaging industrial chemicals. Ironically, some of those dangerous chemicals are put there for your "safety" in the form of flame retardants!
Most, if not all, of the chemicals contained in a traditional mattress are easily absorbed through the skin and respiratory system where they can cause or exacerbate allergies, breathing disorders and skin problems. Some of these toxins include benzene, PBDEs, PVC, polyurethane, pthalates and formaldehyde.
Known to cause numerous cancers, benzene is a highly volatile chemical also known to cause immune deficiencies, aplastic anemia, chromosomal damage, and skin and breathing problems.
PBDE (Polybrominated diphenyl ethers)
PBDEs are present in mattresses as one form of flame retardant. It is known to be carcinogenic, as well as damaging to the liver, thyroid and endocrine and reproductive systems.
PVC (Polyvinyl chloride)
This is the same form of plastic that some household and industrial plumbing is made from. The harmful chemicals in PVC off gas terribly, lending themselves to respiratory damage, severe allergies, neurological problems and reproductive trouble.
Polyurethane is manufactured from petroleum and because of that, carries the same set of health risks. Petroleum is a potent endocrine disruptor, meaning that it has a negative impact on the reproductive system. It has also been linked to weight problems, birth defects, cancer, weight problems and respiratory distress.
These are used primarily as a softener in the manufacture of plastics. Besides being found in mattresses, these can also be found in traditional mattress pads, especially if they contain a waterproof lining. Common health problems related to phthalates are asthma, reproductive damage and an increased risk of cancer.
Formaldehyde is used in mattress adhesives and is sprayed on the mattress' surface to extend the life of the material. Effects can include respiratory distress, chronic eye irritation, cancer, neurological damage and skin irritation.
If you currently sleep on a traditional mattress, using an organic mattress pad can prevent direct skin contact with the bed's chemicals, and can also decrease the amount released into the air. They can also cut down on itchiness and allergies due to dust mites. Dust mites will accumulate in the organic mattress pad, which can be easily cleaned, instead of the bed where they will stay.
Because they're made of natural, unadulterated materials, organic mattress pads can be easily dried. If excessive moisture is a concern, organic pads with a natural rubber waterproof lining are widely available, too. Organic pads are a great alternative to buying an organic mattress, which cost thousands of dollars. It might even help you sleep better. Not only would you enjoy a sense of relief that you're reducing your chemical exposure, you'll also get better comfort and support.
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