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Can Foam Really be Toxic? Learn about Foam Standards by CertiPUR-US®

By Direct Bed Team May 10, 2018 0 comments

Is there any truth to foam being Toxic?

Yes! A Resounding Yes! In 2008, responsible foam suppliers were concerned about sub standard foams being imported from other countries. It was suspected that many of these foams were made with substances that had been banned in Canada & the USA. These chemicals and substances were banned by Chemical Watch Groups for being toxic to both the environment and human health.

Prior to 2008, there was no way for consumers to know whether their foam contained any of these substances.

The advent of CertiPUR-US® Program

The CertiPUR-US® program was developed in 2008 to give consumers the confidence to know that their foam product meets the established standards for content, emmission and durability and are analyzed by independent and credible laboratories. Today, manufacturers from all countries participate in the CertiPUR-US® program as long as they go through the rigorous certification process.

The program certification is based on the living document that sets the standards for acceptable foam content, emmision analysis and durability standards.

CertiPur-US® foams are:

  • Made without Ozone Depleters
  • Made without PBDE’s 
  • Made without TDCPP Flame Retardants
  • Made without TCEP Flame Retardants
  • Made without Mercury, Lead or other heavy metals
  • Made without formaldehyde
  • Made without Phthalates regulated by the CPSC
  • Must meet standard of VOC (emmisability) of less than 0.5 Parts per million

Latex Mattresses

Some of our Mattresses such as our Logan Suite, Resolute Suite and Arctica Mattress contain Latex Layers. While Latex is not part of the CertiPUR-US certification process, it is not required to demote a CertiPUR-US certification level for the remaining foams in the Mattress. Any mattress containing latex foam is allowed to maintain the CertiPUR-US certification without penalty.

Do you have more questions about the CertiPUR-US® certification program?

If you would like to learn more about the CertiPUR-US® we would recommend that you read the frequently asked questions guide by CertiPUR-US. CertiPUR-US® is a non-profit organization that was established to protect consumers as well as the environment by guarding against harmful substances manufactured into foam.

Our Foam Suppliers are all CertiPur-PUR® Foam Manufacturers

CertiPUR-US® Certification is rigorous; it is a 60-90 day process to initially be certified and requires 2 yearly visits and annual recertification process. There are currently 30 Foam Suppliers predominantly in Canada & the USA who are CertiPUR-US® certified. The Official CertiPur-US website lists all of the certified foam suppliers on their website. You will find our Foam suppliers VPC Group, Carpenter Foam and Domfoam all listed as CertiPUR-US® certified foam manufcaturers.

VPC Group or Vitafoam

We use Vitafoam foam in our Pure Zee & King’s Collection Mattresses.

Carpenter Foam

We use Carpenter Manufactured foam in our Cityline, Signature, Sleep Pro and King’s Collection Mattresses.

 

Direct Bed is a CertiPUR-US® trained retailer.

We are proud to say that we have gone through the training process and we are compliant with the CertiPUR-US® certification process as a certified Retailer of CertiPUR-US approved foams. Come on in to our store and speak with any of our staff to learn more about important features of our CertiPUR-US® certified foam.


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