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Why fire retardant barriers do more harm than good

At Happsy, we’re not into coating, covering, soaking or wrapping our mattresses in harmful chemicals. We particularly dislike flame retardant chemicals, the culprits behind all sorts of health and developmental issues.

So, you might be asking yourself, does the lack of flame retardants make a mattress more flammable? Good question. The answer, by the way, is no.

Here’s why:

Every mattress sold in the U.S. must pass the exact same federally-mandated flammability standards. Contrary to the marketing claims we’ve read from other mattress companies, there’s nothing in the standards demanding flame retardant chemicals. The standards aren’t concerned with how a mattress passes, only if it passes. No pass? No sale.

So, why use fire retardant chemicals?

Mattresses that use polyurethane/memory foam are, by definition, petroleum-based and super flammable. How do these mattresses pass the fire safety tests? Chemical barriers, of course. And the problem is, companies don’t need to tell you how they pass flame standards or what chemicals they use – and there are a few approaches:

Douse the mattress with chemicals

The traditional approach was to treat the actual foam with flame retardant chemicals. This is the worst of the methods used today because it uses particularly toxic chemicals that can escape from the foam and end up in the air around us. Scary, right?

Wrap the flammable mattress in a fire retardant cover

More commonly, flammable materials are now encased in a synthetic fabric sleeve or barrier. Flame retardant chemicals are typically mixed into the composition of the sleeve, so mattress companies can still promote the use of “inherently flame resistant fabrics”, pretending like there are no chemical flame retardants used.

When in doubt, lie

The truth is, you can’t take a flammable foam block and pass flame standards without using some sort of chemical treatment. It just doesn’t work that way. So, when many manufacturers claim to have a 100 percent natural fire barrier, it’s simply not true. Those hydrated silica fire barriers are actually rayon, a synthetic fiber which is anything but natural.

How does Happsy pass flammability tests?

It’s simple.

We don’t use petroleum-based polyurethane foam

It’s much easier to avoid flame retardant chemicals if you don’t use a block of solid fuel as your primary material. Still, just taking away polyurethane foam isn’t enough.

We’ve created an innovative, naturally flame resistant design

We’ve done a lot of research and testing to make sure our organic materials pass fire safety tests with absolutely no chemical flame retardants or fire barriers. There’s nothing soaked into any foams or coated on to fabrics.

For Happsy, not using polyurethane foam was a no-brainer. Toxic chemicals plus high flammability is simply not a healthy combination. So, why would we put that in a mattress?  We wouldn’t. We want you to sleep easy, knowing you don’t need to worry about flame retardant chemicals in your mattress. It’s all about delivering healthier sleep for happier mornings.