According to a study recently released by Duke University, EWG and other universities, the level of flame retardants in the bodies of adults and children has increased drastically between 2002 and 2015. According to the study, levels of chlorinated Tris, or TDCIPP, rose fifteen fold in adults while levels in children were found to have increased four times in that same time frame. While this isn’t the first time levels of flame retardants in humans has been researched, this study marks the first time the outcomes have revealed such dramatic shifts over a long period of time.
Flame retardants are used in everyday products to slow or stop the spread of fire. They’re commonly found in car seats, upholstered furniture, televisions, computers, clothing, baby toys and much more. While not all flame retardants are harmful, and there are Federal guidelines designed to limit the amount of the chemical in products, overexposure can be harmful to humans. That's because they have been linked to health challenges such as cancer, hormonal changes and even cause fertility issues.
Fortunately, customers of T.Y. Fine Furniture don't have to worry about flame retardants in anything purchased from us. That's because we don't sell anything containing flame retardants, or any chemical or unnatural material, for that matter. We are dedicated to promoting healthful, hypoallergenic living so our customers don't have to worry about anything unnatural contaminating them or their homes. That includes our hypoallergenic mattresses, bedding, pillows, leather recliners, luxurious massage chairs or custom-made wood furniture from us.
We wouldn’t have it any other way.
The changing colors of the leaves and pumpkins adorning people’s doorstops means that autumn is upon us. The cooler temperatures are a welcome relief from summer’s humidity, but when sweater weather is upon us, those frigid days of winter aren’t far behind.
When the skies darken earlier, people often take the cue and go to bed earlier in the night than they might in the summer. And what better way to get cozy and relaxed then a wonderful, welcoming organic mattress!
T.Y. Fine Furniture stocks several different organic mattresses to cater to our customer’s varying desires of mattress softness and thickness. Or, if you’re not in the market for a new mattress but still crave the comfort of an allergen-free sleep experience, we also offer organic mattress toppers ranging from twin size all the way to California King.
We have partnered with Naturepedic because not only are their products manufactured with top-of-the-line organic materials, the company is also dedicated to healthful living. For example, all Naturepedic products are tested by independent third-party laboratories and certified according to the Greenguard Gold Certification Program. Naturepedic itself has earned Greenguard’s “GOLD” Certification, meeting the most stringent standard.
We offer various Naturepedic organic mattresses to fit any size budget. For example, mattresses from the Economic Organic Sleep (EOS) series are designed for luxury and comfort while also keeping an eye on practicality. Its multilayer zippered construction allows users to customize the layers in the mattress, swap out layers and even change the feel of the mattress years later. And with a 20-year warranty, Naturepedic owners enjoy many years of comfort on their mattress.
Naturepedic’s Organic Luxury Series features heirloom quality construction and materials including organic cotton fabric and filling, organic latex and organic wool. Its coils are hand-assembled and topped with a comfort layer of supportive organic latex for a delightfully luxurious feel. The mattress’s quality constructive ensures isolation of movement and pressure point relieving comfort designed to contour to the curves of the bodies sleeping on it.
If a new mattress or mattress cover aren’t in your plans but you’re still looking for an extra dose of comfort, Naturepedic’s organic cotton and waterproof protector pads, organic cotton quilted mattress pads or organic cotton luxury sheets might be what you’re looking for.
At T.Y. Fine Furniture, if you sleep well, we can too.
Pictured is the Naturepedic EOS Organic Mattress
I ran across this article and it has such incredible information I decided to make it today's post. This is an interview conducted by the folks at www.organicitsworthit.org
In this profile, Naturepedic co-founder Barry Cik explains the difference between organic mattresses and their non-organic counterparts, uncovers why organic mattresses are particularly important for babies and young children, and offers his top 5 tips on what to consider when you are in the market for a new, organic mattress.
Q: What requirements must a mattress meet to be certified organic? How does this differ from the requirements that non-organic mattresses must meet?
A: The only organic certification for mattresses is the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
The GOTS certification program takes all the contents of the mattress and essentially divides it into two groups, fiber and non-fiber.
- Fiber– Fiber content includes all fabrics, filling materials, and any other mattress components derived from fibers. For an organic mattress, GOTS requires that 95% of the fiber content come from USDA NOP certified organic fiber. The remaining 5% may be non-organic per certain restrictions and per GOTS approval. (GOTS also provides for a Made with Organic Fiber label if at least 70% of the fiber is NOP certified.)
- Non-Fiber - GOTS permits various accessories in an organic mattress. These include, for example, steel innersprings for structural support and flame proofing in order to comply with government mandates. All such accessories and chemical inputs must be approved by the GOTS program. If a mattress complies with all the above, then it is eligible for GOTS certification as an “organic mattress.”
Q: What is the best way to verify that a mattress is organic?
A: There is only one way to verify organic mattresses and manufacturers, and that is to check the GOTS list of certified organic mattress manufacturers. This is found at http://www.global-standard.org Search under Public Database / Product Category (Other) / Manufacturing.
Consumers are easily confused between organic mattresses that are certified under the GOTS program versus non-certified mattresses made with organic materials. In general, “organic mattresses” not certified under the GOTS program may only contain a small amount of organic fiber. With GOTS certified organic mattresses, all the materials and ingredients are reviewed and approved by an independent GOTS approved certifier.
Q: Your Company specializes in making organic mattresses for babies. Why is choosing a mattress made from organic materials so important for people at such a young age?
A: Mattresses, particularly including baby and children’s mattresses, are made with questionable materials and chemicals. For example, chemicals in mattresses may include phthalates, antimony, chlorinated or fluorinated compounds, etc. Organic mattresses essentially eliminate virtually all the possible chemicals that would be problematic.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has recently gone on record in this regard stating the following:
“A child born in America today will grow up exposed to more chemicals than a child from any other generation in our history…Our kids are getting steady infusions of industrial chemicals before we even give them solid food…Today, advances in toxicology and analytical chemistry are revealing new pathways of exposure…There are subtle and troubling effects of chemicals on hormone systems, human reproduction, intellectual development and cognition.”
Q: Is it important for adults to buy organic mattresses as well?
A: Of course. We live in a chemical laden society. We don’t really know what all these chemicals are doing to us. One (rather simple) way of reducing our chemical exposures is to sleep on an organic mattress.
Q: How does the price of organic mattresses compare to non-organic mattresses? What is the explanation for this price difference?
A: The price of an organic mattress is usually higher than a lower-end conventional mattress, but an organic mattress is not necessarily more expensive than a typical upper-end conventional mattress. In any event, for example, the primary filling in conventional mattresses is polyurethane foam (or so-called soybean foam, which is really still polyurethane foam), which is made from petroleum. (The American Association of Fire Marshals refers to polyurethane foam as “solid gasoline”).
The primary filling in organic mattresses, on the other hand, is certified organic cotton, which is far more expensive than polyurethane foam.
Q: How easy is it to find organic mattresses? Are they widely available? If not, where is the best place to find them?
A: Organic mattresses are not difficult to find. Once again, the GOTS directory is the best way to locate certified organic mattress manufacturers.
Q: What are the top 5 things people should consider when they are shopping for a new, organic mattress?
A: Certification – “Green-washing” is widespread, with many people making green or eco or organic claims that are questionable. GOTS certification is the only way to verify whether consumer products, like mattresses, meet recognized organic standards.
• Chemical Off-Gassing Verification – Although certified organic mattresses will be low in chemical residues, an additional certification for low chemical emissions can add verification. The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute provides testing and certification for low-emitting products, including mattresses.
• Allergenic Materials Avoidance – Some materials may be allergenic for some people. For example, natural latex and wool can be problematic. People with chemical sensitivities may wish to consider whether these materials are appropriate for them.
• Firmness – Firmness is unrelated to organic or chemical considerations. However, it is important to make sure that the mattress firmness is appropriate. For adults, this is a personal and subjective matter, which means that when buying an adult mattress, it is best to be able to “test-sleep” the mattress. For babies and children, the Consumer Product Safety Commissions only recommends firm mattresses.
• Price – While organic mattresses are not cheap, there are models that are much more doable for people on a budget. A less-expensive organic mattress may essentially be just as good as one with more bells and whistles.
About Barry Cik
Barry A. Cik is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with over a quarter century consulting experience. He is also certified by the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice and the Ohio EPA. Mr. Cik is also a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and a Certified Diplomate Forensic Engineer. Mr. Cik is the author of a text book published by Government Institutes.
In 2003, Barry was sent by his wife to a juvenile furniture store to buy a crib mattress and other items for their first grandchild. Barry (who had never been in a juvenile furniture store) quickly realized that every single baby mattress was made from polyurethane foam and vinyl. His response to this was “My grandfather slept on straw, and I’d rather put my grandchild on straw than on these materials. This is not progress.”
Barry, together with his two sons Jeff and Jason (both magna cum laude graduates from Ivy League universities), then formed Naturepedic. The company was organic-focused from the very beginning, using organic cotton fabrics and filling as the basis of all Naturepedic products. Naturepedic joined OTA early on. In 2009, Barry reached out to GOTS and Naturepedic became the first certified organic baby and children’s mattress manufacturer.
Barry, and the entire Naturepedic family, are particularly strong supporters of the organic community, and of OTA in particular. Barry believes that the general public is more inclined to make the switch to organic products when their babies are the focus. Naturepedic is taking the organic message to increasing numbers of people who might otherwise not have realized the value of organic products in their homes.
T.Y. Fine Furniture is a certified Naturepedic dealer.