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Natural Wool for Fire Retardant and Temperature Regulation

One of the best loved features of PlushBeds’ natural latex mattresses is the coolness factor. And we’re not talking about the fact that it’s “hip” to buy one of our latex mattresses (though we certainly think it is), but about the fact that the mattresses sleep cool temperature wise — unlike other foam mattresses on the market today.

Temperature Regulation Contributing Factors

There are many reasons PlushBeds mattresses sleep cooler than so many of our competitors. Some people credit the open cell design of the latex core. Other people credit the open slat foundation system. Still others believe it has a lot to do with the 100 percent natural wool that’s used as a fire retardant.

We here at PlushBeds like to think it’s the powerful combination of all these features that makes it possible, though the pure Joma New Zealand wool certainly plays a vital role.

100% Natural Wool keeps you cool and comfortable so you sleep better naturally. Also ensures your safety by exceeding flammability standards.

The Noteworthy Absence of PBDEs

Fire retardants are important for mattresses today. They are required by law for all U.S. mattresses, but they’re also an important safety feature. Unfortunately, many mattresses use polybrominated diphenyl ethers (otherwise referred to as PBDEs) for the purpose of fire resistance.

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine recently concluded that “prenatal exposure to PBDEs, a group of flame retardants that are detectable in virtually all US children, was strongly associated with cognitive deficits and hyperactivity behaviors in children.”

PlushBeds uses no PBDEs in our mattresses. In our Botanical Bliss latex mattress we use only pure Joma New Zealand wool, which exceeds federal standards for providing a flame-resistant barrier without the harmful chemicals (and their offgassing) and nasty side effects found in PBDEs. [tweetability]Anyone interested in limiting exposure to harmful chemicals is well served by choosing a mattress that uses a natural wool barrier[/tweetability] rather than chemical flame retardants.

Natural Wool’s Other Endearing Qualities

Of course, there is more to love about natural wool than its fire retardant nature. Additional benefits of Natural Wool, other than the natural fire barrier and exceeding flammability standards, are the following:

  • Additional padding for another layer of plushness and comfort
  • Amazing softness that has been compared to the softness of a baby’s breath
  • Exceptional temperature regulation that keeps you cooler in the warm summer months and warmer when temperatures dip in the winter

With the news about PBDEs and the risks associated with them, anyone (children, adults, and the elderly) can benefit from eliminating mattresses and other materials in their home that contain them — especially when natural and organic mattress alternatives such as those containing natural wool exist.

A wool barrier provides superior fire protection without any of the risks associated with the PBDEs so commonly found in mattresses and other household products. The only question remaining is why on earth anyone would continue using a mattress containing these harmful ingredients now that we know they’re there.

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Amber Merton

Amber Merton is an accomplished writer on the topics of green living and sleep. Her work has been covered in numerous online publications. Amber has been a regular author on the PlushBeds blog for the past 7 years.

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