Our Restonic mattress is starting to sink in the middle and I would like to replace it. I don't really want to buy a conventional mattress because of all the chemicals and off gassing. I've looked at an organic mattress on Sam's Club's website but am leery about buying one without testing it first. Are latex mattresses less toxic than conventional? Should I get a comfortable conventional mattress and wrap it- is that even possible? Any suggestions?
HELP! I need mattress advice!
A real "natural" latex mattress is less toxic, yes. But they are also far harder to find and more expensive. Most "latex" mattresses are synthetic, which is a completely different ball game. Not sure how synthetic latex compares to conventional mattresses, but I'm sure it would depend in part on the percentage of synthetic latex and what it was made out of (petroleum vs. soybean vs. whatever else they're making it out of now).
Have you checked your box spring? If it's sagging in the middle, it may just be that the box spring needs replacing. I know my box spring is broken on one edge where I kinda "hop" to get in and out of the bed (it's too tall for me to just sit on), and is therefore sagging on that side. You can also consider a slat frame to replace the box spring (or even just to put between the mattress and box spring. It's far cheaper than replacing the box spring.
It is impossible to "wrap" a new toxic mattress and keep all the chemicals in. They offgas and that gas penetrates most covers. Possibly you could do plastic but I don't think it would be comfortable and you run the risk of growing mold inside. Knowing what I know - I could never spend money on something new that is so toxic (which conventional mattresses are!) When they offgas - it offgasses into your body. For women (and little girls) this means these chemicals go into your unborn children and your breastmilk.
A good organic mattress company (like us!) will work with you to try and get you just the right mattress. There are Zip Outer Latex Layered mattresses that you can swap a layer out on if you end up uncomfortable. We also offer 10% off to all Mothering mamas to help ease the cost a bit.
The problem with this theory is that when petroleum foam becomes old it begins to break down. It bonds with the dust particles in your house, settling on the floor (where crawlers hands are covered with it) and getting kicked up into the air each time you walk through your house. A study was done recently where they vaccumed 75 random floors across America and each one had incredibly high levels of this dust - called SVOCs. SVOCs actually become much worse with age, as opposed to VOCs which become better. Another study was done testing the blood of house cats, who live on the floor, in this dust, and the levels were off the charts. Our babies and children also spend a lot of time crawling around on the floor so this was not good news. Finding this information out prompted me to begin a 6 year process of ridding our home of all petro-chemical foams.....