GreenGuard Mattresses: Pure, Safe, Low-VOC
VOCs are chemicals that offgas into the air at normal temperatures. Low boiling points allow such offgassing which affects air quality—specifically indoors—where air is relatively contained.
Once VOCs enter the surrounding air, people and pets are going to breathe them in. Small amounts may be minor, but the accumulated effects of taking in VOCs can result in short and long-term harm to health.
Numerous products on the market use untested chemicals that offgas significant quantities of VOCs.
Some gaseous VOCs are known to cause cancer, but the list of potential health effects is much longer.
- Eye, nose, and throat irritation
- Loss of coordination
- Damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system
The mattress industry overall does not have a strong reputation for transparency so it’s important to find a company you can trust. Third-party (independent) certifications such as GreenGuard give credence to claims regarding mattress safety and VOCs.
Savvy Rest layered mattresses have passed GreenGuard’s strictest standard (GreenGuard GOLD) which tests for over 360 VOCs and emissions. The company also annually sends the natural Dunlop and Talalay latex used in Savvy Rest products to Associated Laboratories to be tested further for VOCs. The natural latex foam is tested for over 70 VOCs, and none have been detected. Below is a list of common VOCs that are included in the Associated Laboratories tests.
- Methylene chloride
- Vinyl chloride
It’s common for many VOCs to emit a strong, caustic odor that people recognize as a mysterious chemical smell—which can help in identifying some toxic chemicals. But not all VOCs alert you to their presence by a smell. Some are odorless and unnoticeable. Proper chemical testing is the only assurance.