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This is Ginny from PureRest April 28, 2010

Filed under: Organic Mattresses,Uncategorized — PureRest Organics @ 2:59 am

Hi all. I am trying hard to educate the public about organic mattresses and the proof that the mattresses labelled organic or natural are often misleading. I have recently come across the EcoInstitute lab report for a competitor, Savvy Rest. This report shows their rubber contains toluene, and formaldehyde. I also got a copy of the lab test they did at Associated labs and I was shocked. I also tested our rubber at Associated Labs and we tested to as far down as the lab was physically able to do and came out clean. They tested down to 500 times as high as our test. So they must have specifically asked to have a weak test done. Shocking and surprising. Of course it came out better than the in depth test. If you test to 2500 rather than 50 you should come out clean even if it has 500 ppm of formaldehyde or toluene. So again, just be careful when spending any money on organics and natural. Be sure to ask questions, ask for testing, ask for explanations of those confusing test results. Tell me and everyone on this new blog what you wish to know. I am doing the research and I hope to learn more of what you wish to know. If you want to see the CDC info on toluene and it’s toxicity, let me know and I can send you the link. I am hoping to put it on my site if I can learn how. I am computer illiterate myself.

 

Organic Mattress Bliss – The Natural & Healthier Solution November 3, 2009

Because of its health benefits, organic alternatives to food, clothing, and home products have become quite popular in recent years, and now the public is starting to catch on to organic mattresses as a healthier and safer alternative to chemically soaked mattresses.  What are the differences between an organic mattress and a synthetic mattress, and why should you be concerned about what you are sleeping on?   While they look similar, the differences lie in what they are made of.  Synthetic mattresses contain hundredths of harmful chemicals including formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, while organic and natural latex (also known as natural rubber) mattresses are natural and safe as well as bio-degradable.

The Synthetic Problem

Synthetic mattresses contain harmful chemicals. Research has shown that the prolonged exposure to these chemicals can cause serious illness or cancer. Consider this: if you were to sleep on a synthetic mattress for eight hours a night for five years, that’d add up to over 14,600 hours of exposure time.

Below are some of the chemicals commonly used in synthetic mattresses, and the effects they can have.

Formaldehyde

Used in synthetic mattresses as an adhesive, formaldehyde has been linked to lung, throat, and nose cancers. Repeated exposure to formaldehyde can have serious effects on the respiratory system, cause asthma, and increase your likelihood of contracting bronchitis or pneumonia.

The National Cancer Institute (NCA) has conducted studies to determine the link between formaldehyde and an increased risk in cancer.  Several NCA studies have determined that anatomists and embalmers (who are regularly exposed to formaldehyde in their work) have an increased risk of leukemia and brain cancer.

A study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) looked at 11,039 textile workers, who had been exposed to formaldehyde.  This study corresponded with the earlier NCA studies by finding a link between exposure to formaldehyde and Leukemia.

Polyurethane foam

This is a petroleum-based material, which can cause respiratory problems and skin irritation.

Polyurethane foam is often used in mattresses for infant’s cribs, exposing babies to the harmful fumes they let off. An article in the Archives of Environmental Health expressed concern that the foam may be related to increasing incidents of childhood cancer. 

A study on mice conducted at Anderson Laboratories in Vermont supported this theory.  When the mice were exposed to the emissions from synthetic crib mattresses, their breathing was impeded. They experienced both heart and respiratory irritation, and some mice had severe, asthma-like reactions.  The mice were only exposed to these fumes for two, one-hour periods. Imagine how sleeping every night on these mattresses affects children.

Fire Retardants

Manufacturers cover mattresses in fire retardants to counteract the flammability of their mattress chemicals. These fire retardant chemicals enter people’s systems, and as studies have shown, they can disrupt normal brain development in fetuses and infants.  This is bad news, because flame retardants have been found in disturbingly high concentrations in people’s blood and breast milk.  Mothers are passing these chemicals on to their children.

For example, CBS News reported on woman whose blood test revealed that she had 19 different flame retardant chemicals in her body. The same CBS article quoted an Environmental Protection Agency toxicologist, who was concerned about the effects fire retardants have on developing children.

The same toxicologist said research on young, developing animals has shown fire retardants affect their brains and reproductive systems.  It is safe to say the same would be true for human infants.

The Organic Solution

There is hope, however.  Organic mattresses provide an alternative to synthetic mattresses.  An organic mattress is safe, chemical free, and composed of all natural materials.  Usually, an organic mattress will be made of organic wool, organic cotton, or natural latex rubber.  They are naturally flame resistant; there is no need to worry about them catching fire.

Aside from preventing exposure to harmful chemicals, organic mattresses also repel dust mites, resist mold and mildew buildup, and are hypoallergenic.  Because these mattresses discourage mold and mildew, sleeping on an organic mattress can improve respiration, alleviate allergies, and provide a deeper, higher quality sleep.

Because of its health benefits, organic alternatives to food, clothing, and home products become quite popular in recent years, and now the public is starting to catch on to organic mattresses as a healthier and safer alternative to chemically soaked mattresses.  What are the differences between an organic mattress and a synthetic mattress, and why should you be concerned about what you are sleeping on?   While they look similar, the differences lie in what they are made of.  Synthetic mattresses contain hundredths of harmful chemicals including formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, while organic and natural latex (also known as natural rubber) mattresses are natural and safe as well as bio-degradable.

The Synthetic Problem

Synthetic mattresses contain harmful chemicals. Research has shown that the prolonged exposure to these chemicals can cause serious illness or cancer. Consider this: if you were to sleep on a synthetic mattress for eight hours a night for five years, that’d add up to over 14,600 hours of exposure time.

Below are some of the chemicals commonly used in synthetic mattresses, and the effects they can have.

Formaldehyde

Used in synthetic mattresses as an adhesive, formaldehyde has been linked to lung, throat, and nose cancers. Repeated exposure to formaldehyde can have serious effects on the respiratory system, cause asthma, and increase your likelihood of contracting bronchitis or pneumonia.

The National Cancer Institute (NCA) has conducted studies to determine the link between formaldehyde and an increased risk in cancer.  Several NCA studies have determined that anatomists and embalmers (who are regularly exposed to formaldehyde in their work) have an increased risk of leukemia and brain cancer.

A study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) looked at 11,039 textile workers, who had been exposed to formaldehyde.  This study corresponded with the earlier NCA studies by finding a link between exposure to formaldehyde and Leukemia.

Polyurethane foam

This is a petroleum-based material, which can cause respiratory problems and skin irritation.

Polyurethane foam is often used in mattresses for infant’s cribs, exposing babies to the harmful fumes they let off. An article in the Archives of Environmental Health expressed concern that the foam may be related to increasing incidents of childhood cancer. 

A study on mice conducted at Anderson Laboratories in Vermont supported this theory.  When the mice were exposed to the emissions from synthetic crib mattresses, their breathing was impeded. They experienced both heart and respiratory irritation, and some mice had severe, asthma-like reactions.  The mice were only exposed to these fumes for two, one-hour periods. Imagine how sleeping every night on these mattresses affects children.

Fire Retardants

Manufacturers cover mattresses in fire retardants to counteract the flammability of their mattress chemicals. These fire retardant chemicals enter people’s systems, and as studies have shown, they can disrupt normal brain development in fetuses and infants.  This is bad news, because flame retardants have been found in disturbingly high concentrations in people’s blood and breast milk.  Mothers are passing these chemicals on to their children.

For example, CBS News reported on woman whose blood test revealed that she had 19 different flame retardant chemicals in her body. The same CBS article quoted an Environmental Protection Agency toxicologist, who was concerned about the effects fire retardants have on developing children.

The same toxicologist said research on young, developing animals has shown fire retardants affect their brains and reproductive systems.  It is safe to say the same would be true for human infants.

The Organic Solution

There is hope, however.  Organic mattresses provide an alternative to synthetic mattresses.  An organic mattress is safe, chemical free, and composed of all natural materials.  Usually, an organic mattress will be made of organic wool, organic cotton, or natural latex rubber.  They are naturally flame resistant; there is no need to worry about them catching fire.

Aside from preventing exposure to harmful chemicals, organic mattresses also repel dust mites, resist mold and mildew buildup, and are hypoallergenic.  Because these mattresses discourage mold and mildew, sleeping on an organic mattress can improve respiration, alleviate allergies, and provide a deeper, higher quality sleep.Pure-Rest Organics Mattress Video

 

Hello Everyone! October 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — PureRest Organics @ 3:33 pm

With today’s Organic market growing everyday in popularity it is ever so important to ensure that the purity standards that the consumer looks for and expects of products labeled “Organic” are upheld and not diminished by the lure of higher capital gain. We at Pure-Rest Organics & Ecobaby Organics have always been first and foremost concerned with your family’s well being and have taken all necessary steps to ensure that all our products are as safe and chemical free as they can possibly be.

We hope that you follow our blog in which we will cover critical and important information about the Organic Industry and where it is going. After 17 years in business we pride ourselves in being an industry leader and constant supporter of the Organic Market, please visit our store at http://www.purerest.com.

 

 
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