Selecting a Certified Asthma & Allergy Friendly Mattress

Let’s face it: we spend a lot our hours in bed. The very place where it’s so important to let your body get a break from the allergens it encounters during the day can be a source of allergy triggers itself. Harboring dust mites, pet dander, irritating chemicals and gases, and more, some bedding items can contain unwanted chemicals such as formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other finishes from manufacturing or packaging, and bedding can also accumulate household allergens during everyday use.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international standards body Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) certifies products testing in independent, accredited laboratories around the world to determine if they meet the standards and contribute to allergen control and better indoor air quality.

AAFA’s newest Certification Standard is for “Mattresses” which evaluates multiple facets of a mattress including the barrier function of the encasing materials (to keep out dust mites, etc.), chemical composition and emission testing of the component materials, and real-time allergen accumulation and exposure on the finished product.

Only those mattresses that pass the rigorous scientific testing protocols and meet the strict standards are qualified to be Certified “asthma & allergy friendly.” The distinctive Certification Mark found on packaging informs consumers that these products are more suitable for individuals with asthma and allergies. The standards are designed to ensure that products:

  • do not contain harmful chemicals
  • can withstand routine cleaning
  • under normal use and care, will not allow household allergens to accumulate at high levels

The first mattress to be Certified asthma and allergy friendly is The Back SupporterĀ® mattress line called Breatheā„¢ from Spring Air , recently made available to the public at Costco and www.Costco.com. Research and design during the product development phase was conduct by European based biomedical research organization Airmid Healthgroup. “We’re very pleased that, for the first time, a producer has stepped up to certify a line of mattresses,” states Mike Tringale, VP of External Affairs at AAFA. “Our Certification Mark empowers consumers to make informed purchase decisions when choosing products to help them make a healthy home.”

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