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You can avoid nightmares about VOCs, fire retardants, antibacterial protection (some made with nanosilver particles) and stain-resistant finishes.
Dust mites and fire resistance
Conventional mattresses tackle these with chemical treatments and toxic compounds. But wool naturally repels dust mites and natural latex foam is fire-resistant.
Remember polybrominated diphenyl ethers — synthetic chemicals added as fire retardants? They’re not produced in Canada.
But manufacturers import them. They’re added to consumer products: electronics, motor vehicles, appliances, furniture and carpet underlay.
Mattresses made in Canada generally do not contain PBDEs, but it’s always good to ask. Avoid additives used to repel stains and water.
Natural fibres — wool, organic cotton, hemp and natural (not synthetic) rubber/latex — are best. But, they’re likely more expensive. Petroleum-based contents are what make some mattresses more affordable.
Short on (wallet) green?
Choose a mattress protector made from wool or organic cotton. It will create a barrier between you and that polyurethane foam mattress!