Are Memory Foam Mattresses Safe?
There has been a lot of concern around the safety of memory foam mattresses and the chemicals used in the production process since memory foam was first invented in 1966. To pass fire safety laws some manufacturers used polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs, tris(1,3-dichloroisopropyl)phosphate or TDCPP, or tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine or TCEP as chemical additive to increase fire resistance. Most U.S. manufacturers, including Wright, have never used these chemicals and the sale of products that contain PBDEs, TDCPP, or TCEP as flame retardants is banned in many states.
Wright foams are manufactured in Certi-pur verified facilities that are tested and proven to meet these standards:
1). Made without ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs.
2). Made without PBDEs, TDCPP, or TCEP flame retardants. Wright uses a knit polyester/rayon blend sock around the memory foam core to pass fire certification testing standards.
3). Made without mercury, lead, and heavy metals. Although not a component of memory foam production the foams are tested for heavy metals as the health risks are such a concern.
4). Made without formaldehyde. Although formaldehyde has never been a component of foam production the foams are tested to ensure that emissions do not affect air quality.
5). Made without banned Phthalates. Seven phthalates were banned by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2009 and CertiPUR verifies that these are not used in the foam by requiring a detailed independent laboratory analysis of foam extractions.
6). Low Emission – CertiPUR certified foams are testing according to ISO standards in a chamber for 72 hours to measure the emission of total organic compounds. The results verify that CertiPUR certified foams have low emissions for indoor air quality, less than .5 parts per million.