Researching the consequences or dangers of possible VOC toxicity from memory foam mattresses is an exciting challenge. Because there is no detailed testing and none is demonstrating that memory foam mattress is harmful or dangerous. According to the Polyurethane Foam Community, a business body, and the Ecological Safety Department, finished memory foam is harmless and does not pose a health risk. As per the EPA’s assessment of TDI and MDI, completely treated items are reacted and hence are deemed harmless and non-toxic.
The ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) reported in 2011 that we couldn’t find a research relationship between breathing problems and TDI sensitivity. According to the American Chemical Society, all polyurethane materials are fully cured and rendered inert until they are marketed, like pillows, mattresses, furniture pillows.
If the polyurethanes and isocyanides have reacted, they are chemically unstable, and no broad reach of the risks that the specific components do. Polyurethane factories in the U.S are strictly controlled in terms of materials and waste. The European Union and the United States have prohibited the most dangerous chemicals and contaminants in the last ten years. Off-gassing scents and additives in resins and fire-proofing systems are residual considerations for selecting a comfortable memory foam mattress.
Selecting a Secure Memory Foam Mattress
Here are a few qualities you can look for while looking for the best healthy memory foam mattress possible:
- Determine whether the foam is plant-based or petroleum-based. Plant-based foams use fewer synthetic fabrics and produce fewer VOCs.
- Inquire whether the foam was manufactured of TDI and MDI since MDI is considered better.
- Inquire into the kind of blasting agents utilized; halogen gases such as HFCs/CFCs lead to air emissions. Differential pressure foaming is a relatively modern method that does away with the desire for chemical blasting chemicals.
- Look at the memory foam and see what it’s made of. Mixes with a high percentage of plant-based products (20 %+) have fewer petroleum materials and a lower propensity to off-gas.
- Inquire on how the mattress meets anti-flammability requirements. Rayon-treated silica and Kevlar materials prove to be the most chemical-safe alternatives.
- Check to see whether the mattress meets any measuring requirements. VOCs and product protection are needed by CertiPUR-US® and OEKO-TEX.
- Remember that since high-density foams use more polymers, they are more prone to produce stronger scents.
- Inquire into the manufacturing location of the memory foam and poly-foam surfaces. If manufactured in the European Union or the United States, it is subject to tighter restrictions than other foreign foams and maybe a better choice.
Although marketers should be transparent regarding product materials in a perfect world, due to solid demand and trade requirements, many manufacturers can not reveal the details, and many sales staff might well be misinformed. If salespeople are confused or may not have satisfactory responses, you should conduct your analysis or call the company directly.
Another way to ensure a mattress’s stability is to read any of the strongest mattress reports available and consult the Customer Product Safety Committee’s data. If a large proportion of users report the terrible smell or adverse effects, the mattress can contain a higher ratio of VOCs. When they either note a light, discreet odor or no odor, the VOC amount is more definitely lower. Bear in mind the scent is highly subjective; but, if a vast amount of people experience clinical symptoms such as sinus inflammation, you might want to avoid it if that’s a problem for you.