Thursday, February 20, 2014

mattress shopping

we are pretty set on purchasing a "natural" mattress - or at least a "hybrid". i thought we'd go with the dwr sonno versa mattress, but then i started reading about polyurethane and other mattress "ingredients" and decided we weren't in a big rush (our bed frame is back-ordered to april), and this deserves more investigation. after all, we do spend a lot of time in bed.

did you know that a polyurethane, aka memory foam mattress, loses half of its weight in ten years! that's half its weight going up as dust in your bedroom as the chemical components in the bed begin to decompose. yikes! there are "eco-friendly" PU mattresses out there, including the aloe versa from dwr, which we are considering.

of course we are taking price-point into consideration. and i am bemoaning we didn't do this prior to purchasing the girls' mattresses. (really it came out of our consideration of a memory foam mattress, which we hadn't considered for the girls.) we bought them "conventional" mattresses - coils and foam. And in hindsight, I don't feel too guilty about our choice. Simmons touts itself as "the first mattress manufacturer to have all polyurethane foams meet strict environmental, health and safety standards and states the mattress is free of phthalates, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, CFCs, PBDEs, mercury, lead and heavy metals with low VOCs for superior air quality."

some frightening reads:


the huffington post

Safer Chemicals Healthy Families

even goop...

some "green" mattress options:






a couple of you have recommended these to me. (thank you!) any other experiences out there? i admit to finding it a bit overwhelming!


SML said...

We went with 100% latex, with a wool topper - I have a constantly runny nose and cough in dusty environments, so all fibers in the house are scrutinized. It's definitely kept my clearer when I wake up, and the support is different from a conventional mattress - so comfortable and forgiving.

Of course, then we went totally crazy and got the adjustable frame. BEST decision ever - I used to put bolsters under my legs and the luxury of reading in bed with my legs up & a tiled back - oh!

We are north of you, went to the Natural Mattress Store in Palo Alto.

Dante Storey said...

Good points on getting a natural or hybrid mattress! We don't want to breathe in nasty chemicals when we sleep, or decompose after years of use, so getting a natural one prevents this from happening. There are stores that sell organic mattresses that are non-toxic, you better have a list of such stores near you before venturing out to buy one.
Dante Storey @

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