Originally Posted by spinach
But they spray the exterior cotton with flame retardant. Do any of you also have concerns about flame retardancy? I thought one of the main reasons the latex is wrapped in wool is because wool has a naturally retards flame. Some of the websites selling "organic beds" claim that anyway.
You might want to call or email Natura (http://www.naturaworld.com/main.html
) and ask them, instead of relying on the store's info. When we bought ours, the company had just switched to organic cotton covering on the latex pads instead of wool (apparently they were having durability problems with the wool), and I was told it was still completely chemical-free. We got the organic version, maybe that's the difference. Maybe the non-organic one is treated. Ours was drop-shipped from the company (in Canada), purchased through a mail-order-only website. There may also be an issue of different laws in different states that would require beds stocked for sale in brick-and-mortar stores to be treated with flame-retardant. You may find that asking direct questions of stores results in cagey answers, they don't really want to say "yes this is treated with toxic chemicals" even if the state requires it. In any case, I'm betting if you were able to arrange to purchase it elsewhere (ours was from http://www.nontoxic.com
) and have it shipped directly from the manufacturer, you could get the non-treated version. (BTW, the woman who owns that business is chemically-sensitive and caters to those who are, so she knows here stuff when it comes to chemical-free products.)
Yes, I'm concerned about flame retardancy, but only so far as avoiding the chemicals. I believe mattresses made from synthetic, petroleum-based materials are more combustible than latex, wool, or even cotton, and the man-made materials melt and stick to things before they burn, so perhaps the chemical treatment regulations came about because some people burned in their (synthetic) beds before they woke up, but even so, they don't spontaneously combust. The only way flames are going to get anywhere near my bed is if the house is already on fire, in which case we would hopefully have been awakened by smoke alarms and/or the smell and/or animals freaking out and wouldn't be in the bed. I really can't imagine any situation in which it would be better to sleep on a bed treated with very toxic chemicals which are proven to get into our bodies through skin contact. It's one of those cases of the gov't regulating us to within an inch of our lives, IMO.