Frequently, callers ask us how it’s possible that we don’t have to use chemical flame retardants on our mattresses. “Isn’t there a law that says you have to?” they ask.
Thank goodness, the answer to that question is no. The federal flammability standard — known as 16 CFR Parts 1632 & 1633 — requires only that mattresses and certain other types of bedding pass flammability tests, not how they pass. The tests involve exposing a mattress to open flame using an apparatus that locks down around the mattress (see video of a mattress made by our factory, OMI, passing federal flammability testing at youtube.com/watch?v=9LpAYM1-gVs). Unlike non-organic mattresses that are sprayed with dangerous chemicals to achieve flame retardancy, we use only our Naturally Safer wool to make our mattresses pass with flying colors. Phew! 🙂
For more information about the federal flammability standard, go here. cpsc.gov/PageFiles/95861/mattsets.pdf