Why You Should Buy A CertiPUR-US Certified Mattress?
Nowadays, people only look at the features and price tags of a product while completely ignoring the quality and safety of the product. They often forget that a product may malfunction or cause harm to them if its components are bellow standard or if it wasn’t designed properly. If you buy a product, you know that its primary target is to make your life easier rather than causing harm to you or your family. Product certification is the only way to tell if a product is reliable or not among the massive list of the product that we are offered. While uncertified products are likely to be made from sub-standard or bellow standard components, product certification ensures the elements of a product are standard in quality. It also assures us regarding various health, safety, manufacturing quality issues. The CertiPUR-US certification is no different, Foam companies and chemical lobbyist created CertiPur to strive against cheaper polyurethane foams, which caused many health and safety issues among the customers.
- What is CertiPUR-US?
Earlier in the article, you learned about the purpose of creating CertiPUR. To clarify the reason more, you need to know that most of the cheaper polyurethane foams are manufactured and exported throughout the world by China. Therefore, foam companies in the USA created CertPUR-US to help them stand out from Chinese shippers.
Among thousands of different brands, models, and designs, choosing a quality foam product may become remarkably exhausting. The CertiPUR-US certification method allows consumers to buy high-quality resilient polyurethane foam products, including mattresses. The CertPUR-US certification is given only after the products has gone through precise experiment and investigation by independent, authorized non-profit organizations. That is why you can be assured that your mattress fits the best CertiPUR-US standards for emissions, durability, and content.
Characteristics of a CertiPUR-US Foam are as bellow:
- Low VOC Emissions for air quality indoor
- No use of Ozone Depleters
- No use of prohibited phthalate
- No formaldehyde
- Made without heavy metals, mercury or lead
- No fire or flame retardants used
These characteristics have been classified as the approved polyurethane foams by top ecologists, chemists, and research specialists in authorized laboratories. The CertiPUR-US certification is on a per with some other world-class certification processes such as LGA(Germany), Eco-label(EU), OkoTex 100 (Class IV Mattress) EUI, etc. The CertiPUR-US testing program also allows testing and modifications guidelines to follow the most recent scientific findings in addition to health, environment, and safety regulations. Let me explain how the CertiPUR-US characteristics can solve the health and safety issues related to polyurethane foams:
- Low VOC Emissions for Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality has been recognized as one of the crucial environmental health risks by EPA. Gasses from solids and liquids release chemicals named VOC, aka Volatile Organic Compound, which causes air pollution. The air pollution presents short and long term health risks to the human body. Polyurethane foams are very commonly accused of releasing these VOCs into the indoor air. These chemicals gassed out in the atmosphere from your homes polyurethane foams can remain trapped in any part of your home. It can cause headache, liver and kidney damage, nausea, nose, eye, and throat irritation, coordination loss, and central nervous. Hence, you should try to avoid them by using a Low VOC Emission foam for indoor air quality.
- No use of Ozone Depleters
The ozone layer plays a crucial role in our planets upper atmosphere. It prevents our beautiful world from the radiant energy of the sun. The use of chlorofluorocarbons(which is known as an ozone-depleting substance) on polyurethane foams causes ozone depletion. Therefore, the Montreal protocol(Adopted in 1987) urged industries to eliminate the use of chlorofluorocarbons(CFCs). Although many of the foam manufacturers still use chlorofluorocarbons, the US foam manufacturers have met the command as directed by CertiPUR-US.
- No Use of Prohibited Phthalate
Some consumer goods principally involve phthalates as a softening agent, which is potentially dangerous to your health. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act forbade the use of seven specified phthalates on child-care items and toys in 2009. To go beyond the act, CertiPUR-US asked a complete laboratory report of foam extractions and dismissed the usage of phthalates on certified foams.
- No Formaldehyde
Likewise, the VOC’s, Formaldehyde is also considered as a reason for poor indoor air quality. Thus, using raw formaldehyde is prohibited in CertiPUR-US certified foams. CertiPUR-US accredited foams have to go into a small chamber emission test to ensure that no Formaldehyde was used for manufacturing the foam.
- Made Without Heavy Metals, Mercury or Lead
Heavy metals are high-density metallic elements compared to water, which presents a threat to human health and the environment. It's not a common component for foam manufacturing, but it is commonly found in food and home(e.g., Mercury in fish, children's toys) which makes it a concern for the whole heavy metal group. However, CertiPUR-US laboratory experimentation is able to trace any heavy metal content, and you can be assured that CertiPUR-US foams are absolutely free of heavy metals, mercury or lead.
- No Fire or Flame Retardants Used
Earlier, polyurethane foams used to contain polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs) in order to meet specific flammability requirements of the state. Evidence shows that long term exposer to flame retardants can lead to cancer, genetic defects, or fertility damage. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the U.S. has banned the use of these fire retardants in 2005. Therefore, these flame retardants such as PBDEs, TCEP (“Tris”) or TDCPP cannot be used in certified foams.
- Qualified for Environment and Tested Performance
All of these exceptional characteristics prove that CertiPUR-US foams are Qualified for Environment, and you will be even more amazed that all of the CertiPUR-US certified foams performance has to be recertified six months after being certified. The process does not stop there too; each of the foams is annually tested regardless of CertiPUR-US administrators random verification checks.
The impressive CertiPUR-US certification means that you are buying the best possible mattress with confidence, including the standards equivalent to our brand. You can be relieved that our mattress won’t cause any harm to you and your family or the environment. Instead, it will provide peaceful nights sleep in the shape of a remarkably affordable mattress!
- Eric Blackmon