What is CertiPUR-US®?
CertiPUR-US is a certification program for flexible polyurethane foams used in bedding and upholstered furniture. Administered by a not-for-profit organization, certified foams meet rigorous standards for content, emissions, and durability and are analyzed by independent, accredited testing laboratories. . .
There are many responsible foam producers in the United States, but many imported foams were suspected to have dangerous chemicals in them. Many of these foams were made with chemicals that were banned in the United States, and which were identified on some chemical watch groups’ lists as possibly causing cancer, genetic defects, or damage to the unborn child. There was no way for consumers to know what was inside foam used in bedding and upholstered furniture. That’s where CertiPUR-US® came in to play.
The CertiPUR-US® program was developed to provide the comfort and confidence of knowing the flexible polyurethane foam meets standards for content, emissions, and durability and are analyzed by independent, accredited laboratories. Today, foam producers from all countries may participate in the program, as long as they meet the rigorous certification guidelines.
What is CertiPUR-US certified foam?
Certified foam products have gone through thorough testing and met CertiPUR-US requirements for durability, content, and emissions.
CertiPUR-US certified foams are tested to ensure they are made without:
Heavy metals (like lead and mercury, for example) can carry health risks. Though not typically used in the manufacturing of foam, CertiPUR-US tests to ensure that the foam is made without even trace amounts.
PDBEs, TDCPP, and TCEP flame retardants
Flame retardants that have been identified by the Globally Harmonized System as substances that may cause cancer, damage fertility, or harm the unborn child are prohibited from use in certified foam.
Formaldehyde can compromise indoor air quality. The absence of formaldehyde is verified in CertiPUR-US-certified foam by a small chamber emission test.
Ozone depleting substances
Ozone depleting substances are those that can cause damage to the ozone layer. CertiPUR-US prohibits the use of any CFCs, or other ozone depleters in the foam manufacturing process.
Phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
Used as a softening agent during the manufacturing of some products, certain types of phthalates could cause reproductive issues in lab animals, as well as similar problems in humans. These compounds have since been banned by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. However, they can still be found in some products, such as unregulated foams.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
VOCs are a major component of air pollution. To earn certification, foams must have low emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million). CertiPUR-US’s emissions testing checks for these compounds, and only those that meet the set requirements are approved.
Amore Beds’ mattresses use only certified foam
A great mattress doesn’t come with health risks. The best mattresses not only provide the comfort necessary for a restful night’s sleep, but are also free from harmful chemicals and compounds. The foam used in Amore Beds mattresses has met CertiPUR-US standards, and earned their seal of approval. Because we spend about a third of our lives on a mattress, it’s important to consider what that mattress is made from.
For superb comfort, quality, and reliability, take a look at AmoreBeds.com’s mattresses, which are made with CertiPUR-US certified foam.