25 Apr Confessions of a Natural Housewife
Some are born with Natural knowledge, but most of us have learned from mistakes
But nothing and no one pointed out that standard mattresses contain petrochemicals or that these chemicals off-gas for us to breathe and absorb. Even when the baby developed sleep apnea — and had to sleep wearing a halter monitor and alarm because of a family history of crib death — I did not question the standard crib mattress I had purchased from my local baby supply store.
Truthfully, if someone had told me to raise this question, I probably would have laughed and, privately, considered that person to be a little crazy. Everyone in the United States buys and sleeps on traditional mattresses every day. If there were something wrong with that, we would all know, right?
Six years later, I began to question my thinking when I toured the Vivetique Sleep Systems factory in Arcadia, CA. Here, high-tech, luxury mattresses are made by hand with materials that include natural latex, organic cotton and Pure Grow Wool.™ The only synthetic materials in this place are inside the competitors’ mattresses that Vivetique occasionally cuts open to investigate.
My tour was at a time when memory foam mattresses were coming into vogue. Vivetique’s latex and latex with innerspring mattresses compete head-on in this higher-end, luxury bedding category. Upon returning home to Cincinnati, I went to a local store to check out memory foam. About half a minute after I laid down on the memory foam floor sample, I felt panicked. I was dizzy and could not stand up.
The salesman matter-of- factly said I was probably having a temporary reaction to the chemicals emitted by the memory foam. Fortunately, it was temporary, and when I stood up I thanked him, left the store and never looked back.
Since 2003, my family – including the baby who just turned 16 – has slept on Vivetique natural latex mattresses. The comfort they offer can’t be beat. But the allergy-friendly benefits are priceless. While I cannot say that using traditional products before caused any measurable harm, I can say it wasn’t natural or sensible.
And, like all mothers at one point or another do, I can look back and regret not knowing enough about natural products and indoor-air-quality sooner. But I think that most of today’s Natural Housewives are simply those who have learned from their mistakes. ©
— Nancy Kibbee is editor at www.naturalinteriors.com