The Ecology Center teamed up with the Getting Ready for Baby (GRfB) campaign to get a clearer picture of the crib mattress market. GRfB scoured the Internet*, gathering information on 227 mattresses, and sent an extensive survey to crib mattress companies. The Ecology Center's Healthy Stuff lab tested the composition of 13 mattresses purchased in late 2018 and 2019. Read the new report, The Mattress Still Matters--an update of GRfB's 2011The Mattress Matters.
Our infants and young children sleep for the better part of the day. But, what exactly are our little ones laying on, breathing in, and possibly absorbing? Crib mattresses companies don’t have to give us the full list of materials the product contains. Instead they may use manufacturers' claims, such as “natural”, "ecofriendly", “organic”, “sustainable”, or “nontoxic”. What does that really mean?
Together with GRfB, we have released The Mattress Still Matters to answer these questions. We also compared our test results of 13 mattresses to the manufacturers’ claims.
Mattresses were selected to capture a range of price points, popular brands, and styles. We tested for chemicals of concern using five different analytic methods. We tested for 19 phthalate and non-phthalate plasticizers, 82 flame retardant chemicals, total fluorine indicative of PFAS as well as 43 individual PFAS compounds, and a range of elements, including metals and halogens.
Each mattress has a core, a cover, and usually at least one other layer. Some mattresses contain a fire barrier layer.
Scroll down for individual product pictures and information.
Main cover materials:
PFAS in covers:
Flame retardants in covers:
Four main core materials:
Flame retardants found in the cores of two mattresses:
Unexpected materials found in one mattress:
Mattresses with fire barrier wraps:
Mattresses with no fire barrier wrap:
*Product information was first collected from websites in summer 2018. That website review was refreshed in summer 2019 and checked again in February 2020. Products were purchased in late 2018 and 2019 and tested in 2019. This report serves as a snapshot in time.
Published on July 21, 2020
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