Category Archives: Lifestyle

Children’s Mattresses: Avoiding Flame Retardants

The most important piece of furniture in your home is the mattress, especially for babies and children. Choosing a healthy child’s mattress can be challenging, even though there are now more green choices than ever. As with many green products, however, disclosure of all ingredients and materials is not always provided upfront by manufacturers.  Even some “organic” mattresses may contain synthetics, such as Dacron. For tips and guidance on screening for potentially toxic ingredients in so called “non toxic” children’s mattresses, read my article in Green Home Guide:

Avoiding Flame Retardants in Upholstery, Fabric and Other Common Household Item

If you are concerned about toxic flame-retardants in upholstered furniture and other interior furnishings and products, you are not alone.  There is a growing awareness of the health effects from organophosphate flame-retardants, but little information on where they are, and how to avoid them. In this article, I give some tips and guidance on avoiding the most common sources of toxic flame- retardants. 

Are Memory Foam Mattresses and Toppers Safe?

Memory foam mattresses and bedding products are big sellers. Some people find them quite comfortable, but others find that they are too soft, and too hot. Many of my chemically sensitive clients over the years have had acute reactions to memory foam mattresses and toppers, including headaches, respiratory problems, and other symptoms. There’s good reason: memory foam is made entirely from petroleum products.  In this article for Green Home Guide, I explain why memory foam mattresses and bedding are not the best choice for healthy sleep. 

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