This means that the mattress or upholstered product contains flexible polyurethane foam. This foam has been stringently tested to see if it meets all the crucial requirements for indoor emissions, strength, and performance. These tests are of the highest caliber and are conducted in accredited labs.
According to CertiPUR-US, it is a certification program that confirms the highest safety standards for polyurethane foam. It came into being in 2008 when ethical American foam producers were concerned about inferior foams coming into the country. Producers were also concerned that the foams contained banned chemicals that pose health risks such as genetic birth defects and cancer.
According to CertiPUR-US, the program was formed by the foam industry, in alliance with bedding industry bigwigs, chief environmentalists, authorized lab researchers, and chemists. Their testing techniques are also on par with Eco-label (UE), IKEA, and Blue Angel in the Netherlands.
Why you should only use a mattress that is made with CertiPUR-US certified mattress materials
One of the biggest advantages is that the foam used in these mattresses does not contain any ozone-depleting substances such as CFCs. CFC's live for quite long in the atmosphere after use and are harmful to the ozone layer. They also promote global warming.
CertiPUR-US certified foam does not contain any heavy metals, lead, or mercury. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), metallic mercury vapors inhaled in high doses can cause elevated heart rate, hypertension, lung damage, skin issues, depression, hair loss, tremors, memory failure, and killer headaches. In fact, you'd be doing your health a huge favor by avoiding any mattress without the CertiPur seal of approval.
You'll also find no flame retardants in these foams. These retardants were designed to prevent your furniture from going up in smoke. However, some may contain harmful chemicals linked to hormone disruption, reproductive issues, compromised immunity, cancer, thyroid irregularities, and birth defects.
There's also no formaldehyde found in CertiPUR-US approved mattresses. Formaldehyde is normally used for its preservation and anti-bacterial properties. Inhaling gas emitted from formaldehyde is associated with nervous disorders, cancer, and respiratory problems.
CertiPUR-US certified foams do not contain phthalates either. These industrial chemicals are primarily used to improve product flexibility and to soften plastic. It can, however, cause lung, liver, and kidney damage, or reproductive birth defects in males. When tested for indoor air quality, CertiPUR-US certified mattresses also showed low emissions for volatile organic compounds.
The KUHL Mattress is made with CertiPUR-US approved foams. You can rest assured knowing that you're protecting your health, the health of those around you, and your environment when you buy a KUHL temperature regulating mattress-in-a-box.