First before explaining if there are toxins in soybean mattresses, it is important to know what is soybean foam and where it originated from.
Soybean Foam Mattress Myth #1: There Are No Toxins
This is not true because the main ingredient of foam is polyurethane and polyurethane is a bi-product of petroleum production. Scientists found isocyanates, a compound that can bring potential harm to one’s lungs, in materials made up of polyurethane. Exposure to the said product can cause lung irritation and asthma attacks.
But, soybean foam is a great alternative for a foam core. The Futon Shop’s foam has no fire retardants. The quantity of petroleum used to produce soy foam is less, so there is less off gassing. It is important to ask when shopping for furniture or any other products claiming to be made with soybean foam that it does not contain any poisonous fire retardants.
Soybean Foam Mattress Myth #2: They Are Organic
This is not true because the main ingredient of foam is polyurethane and polyurethane is not organic because it is a bi-product of petroleum production. But The Futon Shop soybean foam have zero VOC ingredients and no pesticides.
Soybean Foam Mattress Myth #3: Memory Foam Feels The Same As Soy Memory Foam
The Futon Shop offers soy memory foam and gel soy memory foam, two very popular trends ingredients in the mattress industry. One point must be made: if you have MCS, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, then you should only look at 100% organic cotton mattresses. The Futon Shop has this option available. The bottom line: an organic mattress is the only choice. With that said, there is no hard evidence showing memory soyfoam is better lasting than regular memory foam. The statistics only come from a salesmans pitch or statistics from mattress manufacturers which soy memory will last longer. The point of buying and sleeping on soy foam is helpful for you if you feel better sleeping on a conforming mattress, and when buying a soy foam product, at least you are buying a more sustainable product with less off gassing in your home.
Soybean Foam Mattress Myth #4: Soybean Foam Mattress Give Off An Odor
Soy foam does off-gass but typically does not give off an odor. Off-gassing is when isocyanates are released, a compound that can bring potential harm to one’s lungs, in materials made up of polyurethane. Exposure to the said product can cause lung irritation and asthma attacks.
Soybean Foam Mattress Myth #5: Too Expensive
Soy Foam in comparison happens to be one of the cheapest mattress ingredients, compared to brand names and overly priced mattress stores that do not manufacture their mattresses. The Futon Shop, a mattress manufacturer and retailer since 1976, has never double or tripled their price to make a profit. Because The Futon Shop garnets their wool and cotton, buys soy foam, latex, springs, and coconut through American Farmers and American vendors, the price does not have to increase to make a profit. The Futon Shop has complete control over what goes into their products, as well as managed to keep their prices at the lowest level for their customers in their 11 stores and online on their website which ships all across the country.
Soybean Foam Mattress Myth #6: Just As Or More Comfortable
Comfort level is entirely up to the user. Some people just prefer memory foam over all other sleeping surfaces. We traditionally recommend latex as the most comfortable sleeping surface, because of the more natural benefits and long lasting ingredients. This is our belief, but it is always up to the sleeper what they prefer.