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Be especially wary of “Memory Foam”, as it can emit VOC’s (causing respiratory problems), and formaldehyde. Memory Foam mattresses have been found to contain 61 toxic chemicals – not very pleasant!
We have made the decision not to manufacture or sell memory foam products even though we are asked on a daily basis.
All of our baby and children's mattresses comply with the rigorous requirements of BS 1877 Part 10 for safety and performance and BS 7177 for flammability and are manufactured without the use of any antimony, phosphorous, arsenic, barium, lead or other nasty fire-retardent chemicals.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands. Examples include: paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions.
Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. Paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, and hobby products. Fuels are made up of organic chemicals. All of these products can release organic compounds while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored.