February is "Bedroom Month" where I dish on all things bedroom-y!
Week 1: Pillows. Check.
Week 2: Mattresses
Week 3: Birth control
Week 4: Clothing storage
Fart jokes aside (for now), nighttime gas in the bedroom is not cool. Especially volatile organic compounds (VOCs) off-gassing from polyurethane foam!
Avoid nightmares about VOCs, fire retardants, antibacterial protection (some made with nanosilver particles) and stain-resistant finishes.
Dust mites and fire resistance
Conventional mattresses tackle these with chemical treatments and toxic compounds, but wool naturally repels dust mites and natural latex foam is fire-resistant.
Remember PBDEs — synthetic chemicals added as fire retardants? They're not produced in Canada, but imported by manufacturers and in consumer products (e.g., televisions, furniture and carpets).
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Mattresses made in Canada generally do not contain these flame retardants, but it's always good to ask. Also avoid additives used to repel stains and water.
Although natural fibres are better — wool, organic cotton, hemp and natural rubber — you'll need a separate savings account. Petroleum-based contents are what make regular mattresses affordable (i.e., cheap). Note: Natural rubber is natural latex but latex/rubber can also be synthetic!
Short on (wallet) green?
Choose a mattress protector made from wool or organic cotton to create a barrier between you and that polyurethane foam mattress!
And prioritize a natural crib mattress for babies (see a few options below).
Some eco-friendlier mattresses (claims and products not tested, ranked or rated):
Essentia (made in Montreal) with natural rubber or latex and a 20-year warranty!
- Queen: $1,790-$2,779
- Crib: $399-$579
Majestic Sit & Sleep made in Canada from 100 per cent certified organic Dunlop latex (with three per cent unnatural binding agent), wool and organic cotton.
- Queen: $1,449-$2,949
- Crib: $369
Obasan made from natural rubber, organic wool and organic cotton — and can be customized.
- Queen: $3,299
- Crib: $389
Shepherd's Dream made from wool.
- Queen: $1,565
- Crib: $530
What are your reviews of natural options? Comment on this blog to win pajamas for your little one from My Little Green Shop (draw date March 10th, 2014)!
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green