Ask Naturepedic: Aren’t You Required to Have Flame Retardants By Law?

Flame Retardant Standards and Testing

This is a common misconception. We are required to pass all State and Federal testing, but we are not required to use a flame barrier to do so.

The primary filling material used in most mattresses (but never Naturepedic) is polyurethane foam – a highly flammable petroleum-based material. In fact, the National Association of State Fire Marshals refers to it as “solid gasoline.” Due to its high flammability, polyurethane foam is typically treated or wrapped with fire retardant chemicals. Some of these chemicals introduce health and toxicity concerns. In fact, most manufacturers don’t even disclose their fire retardant ingredients.

At Naturepedic, we don’t like harsh chemicals, and we certainly don’t like fire retardant chemicals! We consider the best form of fire protection to be superior product design that avoids the need for these chemicals in the first place. Organic cotton, for example, is a far superior filling material and is significantly less flammable. Through extensive research and creative product design, we’ve eliminated the need for fire retardant chemicals and flame retardant barriers in our products.

In particular, we use materials such as organic cotton fabric, organic cotton batting, plant-based non-GMO PLA batting, and steel innersprings in place of memory foam, other forms of polyurethane foam and synthetic fabrics that have much higher fuel loads. Our materials tend to smolder instead of bursting into flames with very high heat release. This unique and innovative approach provides a simple and elegant solution that meets all Federal and State flammability standards without the need for any fire retardant chemicals or flame retardant barriers. After all, the safest fire retardant chemicals are none at all!

We are very proud to be one of the only mattress companies in the United States that does not use an added flame barrier!

The Naturepedic Customer Service Team

What is “Ask Naturepedic”?
Ask Naturepedic is our brand new blog series, featuring our wonderful customer service team who will be answering real questions from real Naturepedic customers, twice a month. If you have a question you’d like answered, leave it in the comments below, email us at or call us at 1.800.917.3342.

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The Naturepedic customer service team consists of moms, grandmas, uncles and more who pride themselves on giving customer service as high quality as Naturepedic certified organic mattresses and bedding. Parents have been wowed by the dedication of our customer service team to give them peace of mind about their choices, and make sure they are completely satisfied with their Naturepedic products. But even cooler: Naturepedic’s customer service department is a resource to hundreds of parents who have questions about healthier mattresses, safer materials–even baby sleep in general. They are truly there to help in every way.

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  • It’s alarming the amount of chemicals that go into our products and food. We’re thankful for companies like yours that allows us to have cleaner air while we sleep! 🙂

    • Thank you, we love sharing the gift of #SafeHealthySleep! Thanks for checking out our blog, @knowyourproduce:disqus. Just checked out your site and YUM, everything looks delicious!

      • Thanks so much for all you do – and thanks for the comment about our site! 🙂 Curious, any plans for household furniture like couches or recommendations?

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