What are certifications?
If you have already started shopping for a mattress, you may have already stumbled upon what some mattress get "certified" in. There are a lot of different certifications, some of which can tell you a lot about what's inside your mattress
- Made without ozone depleters
- Made without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (”Tris”) flame retardants
- Made without mercury, lead, and other heavy metals
- Made without formaldehyde
- Made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million)
Oeko-tex standard 100
Textile products are tested for formaldehyde, pesticides, extractable heavy metals, organochloride carriers as well as preservatives such as tetra and pentachlorophenol. The textiles are also checked for (legally banned) carcinogenic MAK amines from special azo dyes as well as for dyestuffs which have scientifically proven allergenic potential. Furthermore, all tested items must have a skin-friendly pH value and good colour fastness. The current revision of the test criteria is available at the official website.
GLobal Organic textile standard
The standard covers production, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, sale and distribution of all mattresses must be at least 70% natural fibers organically produced.
- Actively using their business as a tool for positive social change;
- Operating a "values-driven" enterprise according to principles of social justice AND environmental sustainability;
- Environmentally responsible in the way they source, manufacture, and market their products and run their operations and facilities;
- Socially equitable and committed to extraordinary practices that benefit workers, customers, communities, and the environment; and
- Accountable for their work by continually improving and tracking their progress, and operating with radical transparency in every facet of their business.
- Over 360 million kwh of energy were saved by bluesign screenings in 2010 alone, equivalent to the yearly consumption of 180,000 European households.
- A substance emission factor is created during the audit that covers all aspects of emissions, which will then lead to a reduction of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) after implementation of recommendations based on the emission factor. 50 system partners saved over 60 million kgs of CO2, equivalent to a driven distance of 315 million kilometers.
- Occupational Health & Safety, protects workers from exposure to dangerous chemicals in the workplace during the execution of work duties
- Improve the protection of the entire water cycle. Looks at biodegradability, bio-elimination, what happens with fish and other organisms when exposed to water containing sulfates, phosphates, heavy metals, and other restricted substances during the on-site evaluation. 50 system partners saved 1.25 BILLION liters of water due to bluesign recommendations during 2010 (equal to the daily consumption of water in NYC!)
- Avoids problematic substances ( carcinogenic, mutagenic, irritants, toxic substances, etc.). Where RSL lists and REACH requirements come into play in other standards.
Bio-foam™, a new type of memory foam that replaces a portion, 12%, of the petroleum oil with castor bean oil, a plant oil. This accounts for less dependency on the oil industry.
But why just 12%?
Replacing more than 12% of the petroleum with plant oil will risk compromising the quality and durability of the foam.