We spend a big majority of our lives sleeping, 28 years (on average) in fact, so it makes sense to limit or eradicate any exposure to toxic chemicals in our bedrooms. With new regulations to protect our health the amount and types of chemicals used in mattresses today are being slowly reduced, compared to styles from the past. Yet, this is not often discussed at length, if you are looking for a new or simply just inquisitive to know more, we’ve compiled all of our expert knowledge into this ultimate guide...
Firstly, what is a chemical-free ?
A chemical-free avoids using any toxic chemicals in the raw materials and during the production process. This includes any nasty additives from the farming process, right through to the glues used to combine the layers of the together. This means there are no dyes or treatments used on the fabrics involved, allowing you to rest and sleep easy on a soft bed, provided by nature. By ensuring no chemicals were involved in the making of your you are protecting your health, the biodiversity of the environment and everyone involved in the process.
In the UK one of the main areas that you should be wary of is the use of chemical fire retardants. There is currently no UK law that states that any chemical additives must be listed on your sheep that can be used to create a fire barrier, and is recommended by the British Standards Institution for mattresses to meet is a natural BS 7177 Fire Safety testing. (unlike food and cosmetics for instance). Despite the USA and Europe restricting the use of , the UK is actually increasing their use. Here is where and natural, untreated and undyed wools help, as they have natural fire-resistant properties that have proven to be just as good as the chemicals that are often used. Infact,
Why are chemical-free mattresses better than regular mattresses (for your health)
Like most things in life, the more natural the better, especially as we all have to focus on how sustainable our day to day routine is, for the sake of the planet. It’s a fact that the fewer chemicals we are exposed to, the less we are at risk of certain health problems.
For instance, most synthetic foams and chemical fire retardants will break-down over time and release their toxic elements in gas form “off-gassing”. These gases often contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals that can enter the body as they are either skin permeable or contained in dust form that is inhaled or ingested, which can then cause a whole raft of damage to the pulmonary system, and have been linked to the development of cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.
The natural approach significantly reduces your exposure to chemical off-gassing whilst promoting healthier indoor air quality, protecting your overall health.
We also recommend chemical-free mattresses if you suffer from allergies, as , chemical-free mattresses are more breathable with their naturally open structured materials like , Sheep and . This creates an aerated dry environment in the , which is hostile to , as they thrive in damp stale spaces. Most pulmonary bedroom allergies are caused by the dust mite, so by having a natural you are massively reducing your exposure to them, and the negative impact that the allergies they cause can have on your sleep and general health.
As we usually sleep in light, minimal clothing our skin contact with our mattresses is very high. This means if there are any chemicals present in the materials it is likely that your skin will be aggravated by them to some degree, especially around your face, causing skin reactions, irritations, pulmonary issues and poor quality sleep, due to health interruptions.
Another important health benefit to look out for when selecting a is that no bleach is used in their material dying and no pesticides are used in the material farming process. In Snoozel Green mattresses we use 100% , and . Allowing you to breathe and rest well, without annoyance.
Why are chemical-free mattresses better for the environment?
The farming, growing and production process has a huge impact on the environment. Chemical-free options pollute the environment less and often have sustainable farming practices. At Snoozel Green we want to preserve and protect the land we use, that's why we work with approved farmers and manufacturers to ensure that everyone and the land can benefit from the process.
Materials & production
At Snoozel Green we use natural rubber tree tapped latex from the Forest Stewardship Council approved plantations in Sri Lanka, offering a highly sustainable and durable option and doesn’t harm the trees in the process. These Hevea Brasiliensis trees do not require the use of pesticides and can be tapped many times (over 30 years) before being cut down. This natural sap is then whipped into a froth, blended with a small amount of natural graphite for , and then poured into moulds. Resulting in a that is not only natural, clean and green, it is also resilient, supportive and durable as well! As an extra bonus, is antimicrobial, biodegradable and resistant to mold growth.
Why and are nature’s super fibres
, and we’re proud to say we only use natural and GOTS certified. GOTS stands for ‘Global Textile Standard’ and is the ‘worldwide leading textile processing standard for fibres’ A GOTS certification of ‘ ’ guarantees the fabrics in the are at least 95 percent . and are key components in the Snoozel
Underneath our covers, we have a quilted layer. Made from and Fairtrade certified sheep from the foothills of the Himalayas. Providing a clever cushion, and at 500 grams per square meter, it offers maximum comfort. is naturally (so no added chemicals are needed) and it’s also a great insulator, keeping you warm during the colder months. This is why is such a great natural fabric to include in our beds, offering all the benefits and more than its synthetic counterparts.
The same stands for , unbleached and undyed, it’s as pure and irritant-free as possible. Perfect for you and your loved ones to relax, unwind and snooze on!, it’s naturally hypoallergenic, soft and breathable, the perfect qualities needed for a comfortable bed. All of our covers are made with Global Textile Standard
What are the most toxic mattresses?
mattresses are usually marketed as good for your health, however, they often contain chemical adhesives, chemically treated fabrics, petrochemicals and which can cause a multitude of issues. This is due to the manufacturing techniques and UK regulations that must be followed.
is also known to release a very distinctive synthetic odour, which is due to the synthetic chemical that needs to ‘off-gas’. This can be combated by keeping your outside at first, however, it is not a practical option for all! The science behind off-gassing is the releases certain particles as it settles due to its chemical composition, which cannot be avoided. The jury is out as to whether it is toxic for humans to breathe this in, but we wouldn’t recommend it ourselves!
Maintenance: How to clean a chemical-free
If you can ensure you air out the regularly, this means stripping back the covers and allowing it to breathe, we recommend giving it 20-30minutes every time you change your sheets. To remove stains we recommend spot cleaning as immediately as possible. Water, vinegar, lemon juice blend works well for this or trusty Ecover! Of course, be sure to test your stain removal on a small area first. With at play, it's possible that your natural stain remover will whiten or bleach the undyed materials. If they don’t work we would suggest cleaning your with baking soda, which absorbs any smells or liquids, naturally. Ensure you air your , turn over the sides and regularly change your bedding.
Can a chemical-free ? be as comfortable as a regular
Yes indeed, we can guarantee you won’t find a difference in the quality and comfort of an than your usual. They are as comfortable, as sturdy and as long-lasting as any on the market. We believe this wholeheartedly, so much so we offer a 101-night trial, so you and your family can try, feel and experience the benefits of our before you commit. If after 60 nights (a fair testing time in our opinion) and you still don’t find you are enjoying your bed, we’ll collect it for free, as simple as that!