Bedroom Furniture is where you rest your body and lay your head after a long day. It is a place of solace and it is a safe place to close your eyes and let it all go. It is unfortunate that in many materials such as latex, foam, and memory foam to name a few, that have hidden dangers that cause a laundry list of dangerous toxins. In many mattresses Polyurethane foam is a major component in most traditional mattresses and most couches and sofa beds sold today. Off-gassing is a major problem that is a side effect of the production of making foam with petrochemicals. Many customers come into our Futon Shops asking about an natural option and there are many reasons why The Futon Shop suggests either no foam in bedroom furniture or alternative soy foam that is offered in many futons at The Futon Shop.
Here is what Off-Gassing is: Off gassing from polyurethane foam, releases many harmful petroleum chemicals. The Petroleum based chemicals used in making foam are polymers and urethane, which contains an Isocyanate compound. The Isocyanate compound is one of the main culprits that causes illness, asthma and other diseases. Memory foam mattresses use an Isocyanate called TDI (Toluene Di-Isocyanate), which has a strong odor and over time seeps through a mattress, and into the air. These chemicals in mattresses releases hydrocarbons that evaporate into the air we breath throughout a mattress' lifetime. These hydrocarbons are powerful carcinogenic chemicals, attacking and severely damaging the immune and nervous systems of adults and children. United States Department of Labor, claims that the health effects of an Isocyanate exposure include irritation to skin, mucous membranes, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing. An alternative is mattresses made with Soyfoam. Soybean oil replacing up to 30% of the harmful petro chemicals in traditional foam mattresses.
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