Memory Foam vs Natural Rubber

Posted by admin | Posted in Good Planet Perspective, Health, News & Media, Products, Uncategorized | Posted on 10-12-2010

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between memory foam and natural rubber?  There are advertisements every day extolling the virtues of memory foam mattresses, but with a little research, some disturbing facts come to light.

Memory foam mattresses are made of polyurethane foam, a petroleum based material that emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which can cause respiratory problems and skin irritation.  They also usually contain the flame retardant polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) which has been banned in Europe but is still used in Canada.  This chemical can accumulate in fat tissue, blood and breast milk and has been linked to cancer and nervous-system disorders.

Here at The Good Planet Company, we have done our research!

Our mattresses originate from forests and fields, not chemical factories.

Our mattresses are made of the sap from organically grown rubber trees by a simple, chemical-free process. The sap is collected and baked into durable pure rubber mattress. No petrochemical additives are required, so the resulting mattress is VOC-free, durable yet supremely supportive and comfortable.
Our mattresses are wrapped in a thin layer of naturally fire-retarding wool (no PBDEs here!) and finished with a luxurious certified organic cotton ticking.
Our mattresses are crafted right here in Canada, and have a proven longevity of 20-35 years.  And at the end of their long life, they are biodegradable!

The best thing of all… comfort.

Some memory foam companies might have you believe that their memory foam mattresses will soothe your back condition. The opposite is true… once your body heat warms the foam, you sink right into it… not a recipe for comfort!  Natural rubber on the other hand responds to your body weight so when you lie on your side, there is more weight at your shoulders and hips so those points will sink into the mattress while your lumbar spine is still properly supported.  When your spine is aligned you will reach the deeper levels of sleep and your body can begin to heal itself.

See for yourself… come in to The Good Planet Company and try out our five in-store display mattresses. We think you’ll be impressed.

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