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What is the Powder in the Purple® Mattress?

Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ Smart Comfort Grid™ is what makes Purple® products the most comfortable on the market. Invented over 20 years ago by two of the greatest minds in comfort science history—Purple’s founders—this technology is incredibly durable, insanely stretchy, and more responsive to your body’s shape than the unitard your best friend wore in her 80s yearbook photo.

Purple mattress with no cover and grid and foam exposed.

A Sticky Situation

In all of the Hyper-Elastic Polymer™’s sciencey comfort and support, there’s always been one relatively trivial hitch—it’s tacky. Not tacky like sandals with socks, or skimping on the tip at a restaurant…but tacky like it likes itself way too much. When tightly compressed for several days, the polymer sticks to itself, especially fresh off the press.

Through the decades, Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ has been used for an expansive range of products—from specialty medical products to sporting goods to children’s toys, and so much in between. The tackiness has, for the most part, been a non-issue; the products in which it was used weren’t tightly packed or compressed for long periods of time.

But Purple is a bit different. It’s the first time, a mattress with the Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ Smart Comfort Grid™ has been sold online, and shipped straight to the customer’s door. Shipping the mattress requires a smaller package than the mattress itself, and some seriously impressive machinery to get it in there.

Enter Purple’s perfectly purple packaged parcel…

Purple mattress in package

And the giant machine that makes the magic happen…

The founders of Purple knew the tacky nature of the Purple’s polymer could present an issue when shipping, so they dove head-first into testing mode. The first roll tests with nothing coating the grid proved problematic; after a few days of being rolled, the grid had completely pancaked, making for a solid slab of discomfort.

After testing the grid with a variety of materials and methodologies, rolling and unrolling several mattress prototypes creating new methods of their own—all with varying levels of success—they emerged victorious with a unique, safe, and effective solution.

The Simple Solution

The Smart Comfort Grid™ of every Purple® Mattress and Pillow is lightly coated with a non-toxic polyethylene copolymer powder. It’s a common material found in numerous everyday products, such as baby sunscreen and powder makeup. The form of the polyethylene copolymer, along with how it’s applied to the mattress, effectively keeps the Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ from sticking to itself during shipping, so you get a perfect bed, ready to sleep on the moment you take it out of the package.

Purple mattress on Purple™ PowerBase

Is the Purple Powder Safe?

In short: yes.

Purple exists to help people feel better—so naturally, concern for the health, safety, and peace of mind of the customer is in the foundation of every product and process created. You’ll be happy to know that the polyethylene copolymer has been thoroughly tested for safety by independent labs, for both its common uses, as well as in the mattress itself.

Is the Powder Safe to Inhale?

The mattress was tested for any possible powder inhalation when using the mattress, and the powder coating is, indeed, safe.

The independent lab studies found that the amount of powder coating in the air that could possibly be breathed in is so minuscule, it is within the standards for classifying cleanroom levels and well within what the EPA has determined to be safe for sensitive people, such as those having asthma. That’s safer than the average dust you breathe in all day at home or in the office.

Blonde woman breathing clean air in sunlight by window

Rest easy knowing that your mattress, and the brand you trust, is comfortably safe, and safely comfortable.

Is the Powder Safe to Touch?

Absolutely! In fact, that you will find the same material in baby sunscreen and plastic food containers. Most notably, in the same powder cosmetics that many people apply to their faces, such as blush or foundation.

According to the Safety Data Sheet provided by the powder’s manufacturer, the powder is not known to contain a chemical substance known to the State of California to cause cancer, reproductive, or developmental toxicity under California Proposition 65; the powder has no known chemicals regulated by New Jersey’s Workers and Community Right to Know Act; the powder has no components subject to the Massachusetts Right to Know Act; nor does the powder contain any chemicals regulated by Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Act.

To Sum Up…

Purple’s unique Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ Smart Comfort Grid™ is the most comfortable, supportive, and durable comfort technology on the market. With the help of a patented, 100 percent safe polyethylene copolymer powder, the mattress you’ll be most comfortable on can be rolled up and shipped straight to your door for a price you’re comfortable with.

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