Organic Mattress Boston MA

There are no laws about what can be put in a mattress-or how much manufacturers have to disclose-so, as a result, some traditional models are packed with chemicals, and even carcinogens.

Sleepy's Burlington
(781) 816-7819
34 Cambridge Street
Burlington, MA
 
BEDROOMS FURNITURE
(617) 926-0400
122 Arsenal St
Watertown, MA
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sunday Hours: 8-5
Mon- Sat hrs: 8-5

Northshore Furniture
(781) 599-7070
307 Union St
Lynn, MA
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sunday Hours: CLOSED
Mon- Sat hrs: 10-7

Select Comfort
(617) 225-0071
100 Cambridge Side Place, Space 308
Cambridge, MA

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Bedworks Incorporated
(781) 397-1623
15 Central Sq
Cambridge, MA

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Sleepy's Avon
(774) 999-0818
1 Harrison Blvd
Avon, MA
 
CSN Stores
(800) 593-5251
115 Meadow Rd Building 200/ Dock 131
Hyde Park, MA
Hours
sunday Hours: 9-5
Mon- Sat hrs: 9-5

Sears Essentials
(978) 606-2200
10 Main St
Tewksbury, MA
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sunday Hours: 11-6
Mon- Sat hrs: 10-9

20th Century Provenance
(617) 547-2300
348 Broadway
Cambridge, MA

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(617) 265-6546
863 Blue Hill Ave
Dorchester Center, MA

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Tips on Buying an Organic Mattress

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"If you sleep for eight hours a night , then you spend at least one third of your life in bed," says Walt Bader, president of organic bedding brand Lifekind and author of Toxic Bedrooms: Your Guide to a Safe Night's Sleep . "But while we are aware of the chemicals that surround us out in the world, how often do we look into what's in what we're sleeping on?" As Bader explains, there are no laws about what can be put in a mattress-or how much manufacturers have to disclose-so, as a result, some traditional models are packed with chemicals, and even carcinogens. "We're in the same position with mattresses as we were with cigarettes in the 1930's," Bader believes. Luckily, these days we can do something about it. "Instead of asking just whether a mattress is firm or comfortable," Bader stresses, "ask 'Is it safe?'"

Laura Wallace, marketing director for Savvy Rest Organic Mattresses, recommends also asking if it’s hypoallergenic, since most mattresses and pillows—even most organic ones—are welcoming habitats for allergens. “A nontoxic organic mattress should also be hypoallergenic, or you’ll just be trading one problem for another,” Wallace says.

To find out how to best do that, we asked Bader, Wallace and eco-mattress designer Danny Seo for their mattress-buying tips:

GET UNDER THE COVERS . When looking for a natural or organic mattress, make sure those certifications apply to the whole item and not just certain components, caution both experts. "You don't want something with just an organic cotton cover that then labels itself 'natural,'" cautions Seo, while Bader says you should not be afraid to "ask questions about the additives, the raw materials, even the production facility. It's a question of purity." At the OMI mattress factory, for example, employees are not allowed to smoke, wear fragrance, or use a fabric softener on their clothes to help keep the facility chemical-free-a big plus for customers with allergies or sensitivities.

KNOW YOUR MATERIALS . Once you've got the list of materials, what should you look for? In general, avoid mattresses made with chemical-based fire retardants, formaldehydes, pesticide-treated cottons, anti-fungicides, or other harsh chemicals. Also skip those "memory foam" mattresses, which are typically made with polyurethane foam-a derivative of petroleum that may be carcinogenic. Instead, look for naturally derived ingredients like rubber tree-based latex, soy-enhanced base foam, organic cotton, and sustainably harvested woods. These components are not only healthy-most are hypoallergenic, help keep dust mites, mold, and bacteria at bay and help regulate body temperature-but are also comfortable, working to cradle the body and support pressure points. Many of the leading natural mattress brands have also earned certification from governing boards like the USDA, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), Greenguard and Oeko-Tex, so look for those credentials, too. And don’t be afraid ...

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