There is a prominent shift in the bedding, mattress, and furniture industry toward all-natural and eco-friendly products. More and more people are calling for it, and more and more manufacturers are responding by making things that they claim are “green.” One of the best ways to know if you are buying a product that truly is eco-friendly is to see if it is certified by CertiPUR-US®.
CertiPUR-US® is a voluntary program that allows companies to apply to have the CertiPUR-US® seal and reputation applied to their foam products, which lets customers know that the foam meets very specific manufacture and content standards. Many consumers are still wary of the effects that polyurethane foam can have on their health and the environment, so knowing that your new piece of bedding or furniture is certified by CertiPUR-US® can help you make a smart decision when purchasing.
Any company that wants certification must follow three important steps and meet several strict foam construction standards. CertiPUR-US® only approves foams that fulfill these criteria:
- Must be made without substances that weaken the ozone
- Must be made without PBDE flame retardants, which reduce human fertility
- Must be made without mercury, lead, and similar metals
- Must be made without formaldehyde
- Must be made without phthalates
- Must have a low Volatile Organic Compound emission rate of under 0.5 parts per million
These standards have been developed by leading chemists, environmentalists, and industry leaders, so they’re not arbitrary. Their purpose is to protect both you and the environment from potentially harmful ingredients and manufacturing processes.
CertiPUR-US® provides an entire list of brands who have applied for and received certification, which allows you to shop for and purchase bedding and furniture that is safer for your family and the earth. Linensforliving carries a number of these brands, including products from Malouf, Ashley Sleep, and even big mattress companies such as Simmons, Serta, and Sealy. Check us out today for all your eco-friendly bedding needs.