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 – A Great Organic Kids Mattress
Lifekind’s Hand-Tufted Natural Rubber Organic Mattress (The Shasta) is perfect for kids. It is their most budget-friendly natural rubber organic mattress. During the Month of May 2014, this item will ship for free!
Fire Protection Done Wrong
Conventional 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:
, a metal that may be more toxic than mercury
• Boric acid
, a toxic respiratory irritant used as an insecticide
, which has been classified as a known human carcinogen
Fire Protection Done Right
My favorite thing about Lifekind certified organic mattresses (that’s a mouthful!) is the absence of chemical flame retardants. Not only are their mattresses made completely from certified organic materials, but they aren’t dipped in chemical flame retardants. A lot of companies that, claim to be organic use kevlar as their flame retardant. Kevlar is a petrochemical material used in bullet-proof vests. Not Lifekind – just naturally safer Wool! The Shasta organic kids mattress has passed the same flame retardant tests that chemical laden mattresses pass, so you are not risking any fire danger by choosing the organic option. The secret? The Naturally Safer® pure wool under the cover is packed tightly. I know, it seems so simple.
Lifekind’s Organic Mattress Factory’s Burn Test – OMI
This organic kids mattress is filled with GOLS certified organic latex rubber and has layers of Naturally Safer® pure wool beneath the certified organic cotton surface of the mattress to create natural flame protection.
Lifekind’s organic kids Shasta mattress is Greenguard Certified, which means that it has extremely low chemical emissions. Why is that important? It lets you know that you can trust Lifekind’s claim that this product is safe, that a third party has tested it. Your child will be sleeping in a high-quality, nontoxic, organic natural mattress. Reducing your child’s exposer to harmful chemicals at night.
Lifekind’s factory, located in Northern California, is the first and only large-scale 100%-organic mattress Eco-Factory™ in North America. Oregon Tilth has certified our entire facility to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). That means that every product that is made in this factory is organic.
Provide your child with safe and healthy sleep.
This is my son, Daniel, on a Lifekind organic mattress. Made in America!
Here are some of the features of the Shasta that make it such a great organic option for children:
• Filled with 6” of pure shredded natural organic rubber
• Layers of Naturally Safer® pure wool beneath the surface of the certified organic cotton cover, which provide extra cushioning and natural flammability protection
• Medium-firm feel
• Mold-, mildew-, and dust-mite resistant (reduces allergy exposure)
• Available in twin and twin extra-long only
• Depth: Approximately 7”
• Handmade in the USA
• 90-Day Comfort Exchange
• 20-year limited warranty
Can you reduce your child’s chemical exposure at night while a chemical mattress is still in their bedroom?
An Organic Barrier Cover can help reduce your childs exposure to dust mites, but not to toxic outgassing. You should not purchase a plastic cover because it will offgas on its own.
Use a HEPA filter to clean the air
Vacuum your child’s room option
Use a wet cloth to remove dust
Use organic pillows
Lifekind’s other Organic Options
Lifekind also has several other organic mattress choices for kids that also ship free the month of May 2014. My 3 boys spent their early years on a Lifekind Organic Natural Rubber Crib Mattress, which I am now handing down to my little brother. This organic mattress was built to last. I used organic flannel and moisture pads on it and it still looks brand new, 9 years later. I am glad that I reduced my children’s exposure to chemicals.
Sleep Safe in a Toxic World
Organic Mattresses, Inc. passes CPSC flammability audit
Dr Mercola article – Is your mattress making you sick
Prenatal Exposure to PBDEs and Neurodevelopment