Furnishing rooms with non-toxic mattresses is a way for hotels to become both more sustainable and custom-friendly. Conventional mattresses typically contain petrochemicals, plastics, vinyls, or flame-retardants like polybrominated diphenyl ethers, which have been connected to reduced neurodevelopment in children. Non–toxic mattresses typically contain organic fibers and natural latex, without any fire–retardants or other chemicals.
Most organic mattresses are made from 100 percent organic cotton and natural foam latex (from the sap of rubber trees) instead of petroleum-based urethane, which makes them biodegradable. Organic cotton is grown without toxic pesticides, insecticides, or herbicides, all of which are damaging to ecosystems, as is the extraction of petroleum. Non–toxic mattresses are also hypoallergenic, reducing guests’ exposure to potential allergens and their side effects.
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Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
- Sheraton Hotel
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
A Small Sample of Non–toxic or Organic Mattress Suppliers
In The News
- “The Stuffing Dreams are Made Of” NY Times, Janurary 2009