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I saw a thread about this not too long ago and I just thought that I would document my experience in the event that it would help anyone. There is currently a pretty high standard for flame retardant materials in mattresses in the US. High standard meaning that the mattress has to withstand a flame for a certain period of time before catching on fire. So, most pillows and mattresses that you buy are going to be DOUSED in HORRIBLE chemicals. Arsenic, anyone? The natural way around this is wool. Wool is naturally flame retardant and WILL pass the fire test, but it's expensive. So if you are looking for organic mattresses out there, the wool is what makes them flame retardant. I have heard rumors about getting a doctor's note to leave off the chemicals of a mainstream mattress but we did not go that route. What we did is to go to a natural bedding store and buy an organic mattress. It has metal springs, a layer of latex rubber, and the cover is a wool/cotton blend. NO chemicals. It's the most amazing thing to sleep on, I love it, but it was $$$. What shocked me the most was that when we called around to some mainstream stores first, the sales reps had NO CLUE about any of this.

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