Your mattress is arguably the most important item in your home, as it is one of the greatest determining factors in your quality of sleep. Many have made the smart choice to switch to gel foam mattresses, which are designed to support the entire body and relieve pressure points for maximum comfort, but what else should be considered?
When individuals go to choose a new mattress, they normally weigh different firmness options, size, and temperature sensitivities. What these individuals often fail to consider however, is where the mattress was produced.
Why exactly does it matter where my mattress was made?
The country in which a mattress was produced has a lot to do with its overall quality, environmental footprint, and in some cases, its lawful production. Many countries overseas do not have the same regulations as in the United States. Issues such as environmental impact, and labor regulations are not monitored as closely. The main goal these countries have is to produce an item quickly so it can be shipped across continents at the lowest cost possible. The way in which the memory foam mattress are made is not considered as important as how they will profit from it.
The problems with mattresses made overseas
Factories overseas are often built with open-air environments. This means that factories can release limitless harmful pollutants into the air, not only affecting the mattresses being made, but the workers, and surrounding buildings as well. Chemical treatments are not properly regulated in foreign countries. This allows the consumption of many toxic or even banned substances to be used for anti-pest or flame retardant purposes. Even more unsettling—these foreign manufacturing companies aren’t always required to list exactly what chemicals were used during manufacturing. When buying foreign-made memory foam, you could be getting into bed with harsh substances that are harmful to your health and well being.
It is evident that the standards of quality and materials overseas do not compare to those in the United States, as seen by several recent recalls and scandals. In the United States, manufacturers are required by law to follow strict regulations that ensure quality treatment of both the merchandise, and the individuals making them. Fair labor regulations, minimum wage requirements, environmental regulations, and standards of product safety all exist to help safeguard the welfare of everyone involved in the assembly process.
Be sure to check the tag and look for mattresses in the CertiPUR-US ® program
There is a difference between where a mattress was assembled, and where the actual foam was poured and produced. A lot of large-scale retailers source their foams from overseas, but will list the location of assembly within the U.S. on their goods. Be sure to look up not just where the mattress was made, but where the materials that went into the mattress were produced. Look for the Certipur seal.
Gelfoambed.com mattresses are certified through the CertiPUR-US ® program and meet their guidelines which mean they are safe, non-toxic and durable
What does this mean for you – the consumer when you see the CertiPUR-US ® seal on a product? This means the foam in the bedding has been through meticulous testing for durability, emissions, content and performance to meet CertiPUR-US ®.
As listed on the CertiPUR-US ® FAQ page the foam is:
• Made without ozone depleters
• Made without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants
• Made without mercury, lead and heavy metals
• Made without formaldehyde
• Made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
• Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million)
Foreign-made traditional memory foam appears to be more cost effective, it’s true. But when choosing a mattress that you rely on for your health and safety it is imperative that you consider its quality. When buying American-made mattresses, such as a mattress from gelfoambed.com, customers get the peace of mind that they purchased a high quality product, produced by fairly paid workers, and that is free of unsafe chemicals.