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Understanding PFAS and Testing Results at Avocado Green Mattress
Understanding PFAS and Testing Results at Avocado Green Mattress

Trust begins with radical transparency. View our PFAS testing results.

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PFAS Testing in Mattresses & Crib Mattresses: Trust Begins with Radical Transparency

At Avocado Green Mattress, we're committed to providing safe, non-toxic adult mattresses, kids mattresses, and crib mattresses. We are proud to announce that our GOTS-certified organic mattresses have been rigorously tested and contain no detectable amounts of PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). This article will detail our testing process, explain the dangers of PFAS chemicals in mattresses and bedding, and compare our testing methods to other commonly used screening tests.

What are Toxic PFAS "Forever Chemicals?"

PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals used in various industries around the globe. They're known for their persistence in the environment and in the human body, hence their nickname "forever chemicals." Exposure to PFAS has been linked to various health issues, including cancer, hormone disruption, immune system effects, and developmental issues in children. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has significant research, data, and tools associated with the dangers of PFAS.

Our PFAS Testing Methodology

To ensure our mattresses are free from harmful PFAS substances, we conducted tests (May 23, 2023) using solvent extraction followed by Liquid Chromatographic/Tandem Mass Spectrometer (LC/MS/MS) analysis and/or Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis. These methods are highly sensitive and can detect PFAS at parts per billion (ppb) levels.

PFAS Test Results: No Detectable Amounts

Our comprehensive testing revealed no detectable amounts (less than detection limit) of PFAS in our products. Here are the details of the 241 substances tested, with a detection limit of 0.01 mg/kg (10 ppb):

  • Perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA)

  • Ammonium perfluorobutanoate

  • Sodium perfluorobutanoate

  • Potassium heptafluorobutanoate

  • Silver perfluorobutanoate

  • Lithium perfluorobutanoate

  • Perfluoropentanoic acid (PFPeA)

  • Sodium perfluoropentanoate

  • Potassium perfluoropentanoate

  • Lithium perfluoropentanoate

  • Ammonium perfluoropentanoate

  • Silver perfluoropentanoate

  • Perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA)

  • Ammonium perfluorohexanoate (PFHxA-NH₄)

  • Sodium perfluorohexanoate

  • Potassium perfluorohexanoate

  • Silver perfluorohexanoate

  • Lithium perfluorohexanoate

  • Perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA)

  • Sodium perfluoroheptanoate

  • Potassium perfluoroheptanoate

  • Ammonium perfluoroheptanoate

  • Cesium 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,7-tridecafluoroheptanoate

  • Silver;2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,7-tridecafluoroheptanoate

  • Lithium perfluoroheptanoate

  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

  • Perfluorooctanoyl fluoride (PFOA-F)

  • Silver perfluorooctanote (PFOA-Ag)

  • Sodium perfluorooctanoate (PFOA-Na)

  • Potassium perfluorooctanoate (PFOA-K)

  • Ammonium pentadecafluorooctanoate (APFO)

  • Pentadecafluorooctanoic acid--piperazine (2/1)

  • Octanoic acid, 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,8-pentadecafluoro-, chromium(3+)

  • N,N,N-Triethylethanaminium perfluorooctanoate

  • Perfluorooctanoyl Chloride

  • Lithium perfluorooctanoate

  • Cobalt perfluorooctanoate

  • Cesium perfluorooctanoate

  • Perfluorooctanoate N,N,N-Trimethylmethanaminium

  • Tetrapropylammonium perfluorooctanoate

  • Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA)

  • Perfluorononanoate ammounium salt (APFN)

  • Perfluorononanoate Na-Salt (PFNA-Na)

  • Potassium perfluorononanoate (PFNA-K)

  • Lithium heptadecafluorononanoate

  • Cyclohexanaminium perfluorononanoate

  • Silver perfluorononanoate

  • Piperidinium perfluorononanoate

  • Methanaminium perfluorononanoate

  • Perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA)

  • Perfluorodecanoate ammonium salt (APFDA)

  • Perfluorodecanoate Na-salt (PFDA-Na)

  • Potassium perfluorodecanoate

  • Lithium perfluorodecanoate

  • Silver perfluorodecanoate

  • Perfluoroundecanoic acid (PFUdA)

  • Perfluoroundecanoic acidsodium salt

  • Ammonium perfluoroundecanoate

  • Potassium perfluoroundecanoate

  • Calcium perfluoroundecanoate

  • Perfluorododecanoic acid (PFDoA)

  • Ammonium Perfluorododecanoate

  • Sodium perfluorododecanoate

  • Perfluorotridecanoic acid (PFTrDA)

Comparison with Organic Fluorine Screening Tests

Our testing methods are superior to generic organic fluorine screening tests, which can often be inaccurate and fail to detect specific PFAS compounds. The precision of our LC/MS/MS and GC-MS analyses ensures that even the smallest traces of PFAS are identified and quantified, providing you with the assurance of safety and transparency.

The Dangers of PFAS in Adult Mattresses and Crib Mattresses

PFAS chemicals are often used in water-resistant and stain-resistant treatments on mattresses and crib mattresses, flame retardants, foam production, and adhesives and bonding agents. However, these widely used chemicals can pose significant health risks:

  • Cancer: Some PFAS have been linked to an increased risk of cancer.

  • Hormone Disruption: PFAS can interfere with hormonal systems, affecting growth and development.

  • Immune System Effects: Exposure to PFAS can weaken the immune system.

  • Developmental Issues: PFAS can impact the development of fetuses and children.

By choosing an Avocado organic mattress, you're ensuring that your family is not exposed to these harmful levels of toxic chemicals. Our rigorous testing and non-toxic approach showcase our healthy obsession with health and safety.

Avocado Mattress' Non-Toxic Priorities

At Avocado Green Mattress, we prioritize your health and the environment. Our comprehensive PFAS testing using advanced analytical techniques ensures that our products are free from these harmful "forever" PFAS chemicals. We're dedicated to providing safe, sustainable, and non-toxic sleep solutions for you and your family. We invite you to review our certifications for toxicity, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility. Learn more about the OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 label, which applies to every component and material of our finished organic-certified mattresses, pillows, and toppers.

For more information on our testing methods and results, please refer to our detailed PFAS Test Report (PDF) for our latex and coir pad. We routinely test our suppliers and will continue to publish the latest results.

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