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Are Organic Mattresses Necessary?
Are Organic Mattresses Necessary?

The non-organic mattress you sleep on every night could be filled with toxic chemicals that are potentially harmful to you and your family.

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Written by Mark Abrials
Updated over a week ago

Avocado mattresses use only natural and organic materials to deliver luxurious sleep that is better for your long-term health and the health of the planet.

What’s in your mattress matters — a lot. The majority of mattresses on the market include synthetic materials like petroleum-based polyurethane foam, fiberglass, flame retardants, and chemical adhesives. These materials release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — like formaldehyde, toluene, benzene, phthalates, and more — into the air and into your body through a process called off-gassing, which can be intensified by the heat from your body when you sleep.

Long-term exposure can result in numerous negative health effects. For instance, toluene diisocyanate (TDI) — a common compound found in polyurethane foam and a known carcinogen — can trigger asthma attacks, skin irritation, respiratory disease, and has even been linked to cancer. Flame retardants can cause endocrine disruption, fertility issues, thyroid dysfunction, and cancer. As far as chemical adhesives go, everything from chloroform to carbon tetrachloride and cyanide has been found lurking in the ingredients.

What's more, cotton, a common fabric used in mattress construction is one of the dirtiest crops on the planet, grown and treated with toxic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers that leak into your body over time.

Mattresses made with renewable, organic materials are safer for you, your family, workers, and the planet.

Avocado's GOTS-certified organic (CU863637) mattresses never include toxic chemicals, off-gassing, chemical flame retardants, fiberglass, or polyurethane foams. They're also MADE SAFE® certified, a non-toxic seal for safety.

That's because we craft our mattresses with the finest natural and organic materials like GOTS-certified organic cotton and wool that's grown and processed without harmful chemicals and GOLS-certified organic (CU863637) latex from our own sustainable farms in India and Guatemala.

And unlike synthetic textiles, natural, organic fabrics are already flame resistant and temperature-regulating, so there’s no reason to add potentially health-altering chemicals to the end product.

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