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Best Non Toxic Mattress: Why Purple Is the Safest

The mattress industry has not always been known for its commitment to consumer safety. Major concerns with mattress safety started in 2007 when new regulations actually encouraged manufacturers to add numerous chemicals to their beds.

These harmful chemicals continue to be added to mattresses from manufacturers all around the world. Big mattress manufacturers with greedy stakeholders don’t need to care about consumer safety. What’s the big deal if 15% of their customers complain of odors that usually indicate harmful chemicals are present? That’s the industry standard for a memory foam mattress by the way — 15%!

That is a big deal!

Why Purple Is the Non Toxic Mattress for You

  • No Harmful Chemicals
  • High Quality Non-Toxic Mattress Flame Barrier
  • Nearly Allergen Free Mattress
Woman holding nose because of bad smell.

If you’re shopping for a new bed, get to know the materials you’ll be spending a third of your life on. Because sleeping soundly is about more than relieving pain and inspiring deeper sleep, it’s about knowing you’ll truly wake up healthier in the morning and not having to wonder, “is my mattress safe?”

No Harmful Chemicals

In 2013, a class action lawsuit was filed against a major memory foam mattress manufacturer. This lawsuit alleged that their products released volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can result in allergic reactions as well as possible long-term complications, and that the company was aware of the concerns but didn’t do anything to warn customers or eliminate the VOCs from their products.

Close up of green memory foam.

Additionally, although many memory foam products today are VOC-free and claim that odors will quickly dissipate, formaldehyde and other odors may continue to be released for months. This is called off-gassing and is a significant issue for many memory foam mattress owners, 15% of whom on average complain of off-gassing and odors.

In comparison, non-memory foam, low VOC mattress owners still complain of odors in as few as 3-5% of reviews.

Conversely, Purple does not use any memory foam in any of our products. This is not just because memory foam sleeps hot, develops a body impression, and lacks adequate support, it’s also because memory foam tends to emit strong off-gassing and can be harmful to sleepers. And that’s just something Purple isn’t willing to sell to customers.

High Quality Non-Toxic Mattress Flame Barrier

Flame barriers became commonplace after fire marshals reported more individuals died or were injured from mattresses or upholstered furniture catching fire than any other type of fire.

House on fire with firefighters.

This smart move, however, quickly became problematic for sleepers. Chemical fire retardants, such as PBDEs and Tris, can off-gas and cause reactions or negative side-effects.

In fact, Target, Wal-Mart and Babies R Us were sued in 2013 due to undisclosed Tris flame retardants in baby mattresses.

The founders of Purple were aware of this issue when they began inventing the perfect bed. The goal was to use a flame barrier that would protect customers in the event a fire occurs without using flame retardants that could harm them on a day-to-day basis.

We decided not to use standard chemical flame retardant treatments, and instead found a special flame barrier fabric with unique non-toxic fibers that naturally slow flames. We then got our flame barrier GREENGUARD Gold Certified, which means it meets the health standards for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities, to assure our customers that we hold ourselves to the highest safety standards.

Nearly Allergen Free Mattress

Purple is a hypoallergenic mattress. This means it will keep allergens out and the patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer grid inside of a Purple Mattress will keep air circulating, giving additional prevention against allergens lingering, even if they somehow get through the outer layers of the bed. Not all mattresses are created equal when it comes to allergens. Here some allergens to avoid in your bed:

Common Mattress Allergens to Avoid


Latex allergies are somewhat common. Many experience a reaction with latex gloves, latex balloons, or other protective products made of latex, but what about latex mattresses?

Hand pulling latex glove.

Latex mattresses, especially dunlop latex and synthetic latex, have somewhat recently made their mark on the bed industry. Many latex mattress companies claim the proteins responsible for causing a reaction to latex have been washed out of their mattresses. Studies have confirmed most proteins in latex extract are not present in mattresses, so those claims may be true, however, the proteins are not completely gone.

Depending on the latex mattress company and their latex processes, one study showed that the remaining proteins were equal to or more than the amount in latex gloves, which means this might not be the mattress type for you if you have a latex allergy.

Although few cases of adverse reactions to latex mattresses have been reported, it’s still worth doing ample research about the levels of proteins and processes used by latex mattress companies.


In the agriculture industry, cotton is known as one of the worst materials for humans because it’s heavily sprayed with more chemicals than most crops. When shopping for a non-toxic mattress, pay close attention to the materials in the cover on the mattress.

Cotton in field.

Purple created its own patent-pending cover to make it the most comfortable, safe, and sleek cover on any bed in the market (without cotton!)

Our cover is 29 percent knit fabric, 67 percent viscose, and 4 percent polyester. The no-move bottom panel is also made of polyester.

Dust Mites

Perhaps the largest offender when it comes to mattresses is dust mites. Prepare to be grossed out: Dust mites are microscopic creatures that live in pillows, mattresses, blankets, carpets, and other soft materials. It’s their waste and body fragments that some people are allergic to, in various degrees of severity. Although dust mites are a fact of life, studies have shown that the foam mattress and the spring mattress types are the most susceptible to dust mites.

Mold and Mildew

Both mold and mildew can develop in mattresses without good airflow, such as memory foam mattress. Although they may appear to be an affordable non-toxic mattress, bacteria and fungi can grow in damp memory foam. What’s the way to find a healthy mattress? Get a mattress with airflow! Purple’s Hyper Elastic Polymer Grid and polyurethane supports great airflow and keeps your mattress from getting damp and developing harmful mold and mildew.


Like most natural fibers, wool can be an allergen. It’s probably best to avoid wool in your bed, mattress, and bed covers, just to reduce the chances of having an allergic reaction. If wool sweaters feel itchy to you, definitely don’t sleep on the same material!

Image of dust mites up close.

Organic Mattresses – What You Need to Know

Organic mattresses are quickly becoming more popular in the mattress industry, with many mattress companies now touting a green mattress, an eco-friendly bed or an organic mattress. How can you know which mattresses are really organic and eco-friendly? Look for these organic and low-environmental impact certifications: the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), CertiPUR US, GreenGuard, and the OEKO-TEX Standard 100. Mattresses certified by these standards, such as an OEKO-TEX certified mattress, will be organic and mean you can sleep on an eco-friendly mattress every night. There are many organic and eco-friendly materials, such as organic wool, natural latex mattresses, some polyurethane foams, and eco-friendly memory foam. Purple actually uses CertiPUR-US certified foams, which are eco-friendly materials, so you can rest easy on Purple Mattress (though it’s not quite 100% organic)!

Why You Should Choose Purple for a Non Toxic Mattress

Purple achieves its goal of helping people feel better by making safety a priority. Purple’s products have no off-gassing from harmful chemicals and only use CertiPUR-US® Certified foam with our mattress. Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ is made with non-toxic, mineral oil-based, food-contact grade materials. You could eat it if you wanted to and be totally fine (even though we don’t recommend that!)

Purple’s flame barrier is free of dangerous, toxic chemicals and is an extra barrier, in addition to the cover, between people and the non-toxic plastic powder coating we use to prepare our beds for packaging.

Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ material is a natural dust mite deterrent and is hypoallergenic, along with our foam and cover. And we never use latex with any of our products.

Employees measuring Purple foam.

Purple has taken every measure to produce clean, non-toxic products for you to live your life on. Compared to many of the mattresses from other mattress brands you see today, Purple has less evidence of potential adverse effects than almost any other technology or material on the market.

Purple’s mission is to help people feel better. We try to achieve this in several ways: through our ridiculously comfortable Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ technology, through our high-quality polyurethane foam, through our knee-slapping videos, and through our commitment to living healthier, happier lives.

Which is why we committed at the very beginning to produce safe products that help people feel better, not worse.

Get a mattress that truly allows you to sleep easier and feel better.

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