Today’s consumers are very educated and we all know what to avoid and what questions to ask prior to making a purchase (aside from the very last question, is this really the best price?!) Yet the bigger question is, how many of us know the exact nature of the questions and why the importance of verifying those facts?
When purchasing a mattress, we all tend to get phobic of the mattress being prone to dust mites and/or bed bugs. We are sure to ask for a mattress that’s resistant to these unwanted critters, however, how many of us “educated consumers” really know why these need to be so badly avoided?
So what are dust mites, anyway?
House dust mites are tiny creatures that live in pillows, mattresses, carpets and couches, quietly eating dead skin cells and hair. And pooping (ugh!). They require humidity and food in order to live, and many children with asthma are allergic to house dust mites and their droppings.
An often quoted rule of thumb is that “up to 10% of the weight of a two-year old pillow consists of dust mites, both living and dead, along with their waste products”.
These critters are not a problem for all children with asthma, but when they are, taking control of house dust mites can make a huge difference in symptoms and in the amount of medication needed to control the asthma. For the right child, it’s well worth the effort.
Now here comes the million dollar question asked by Nancy, from VA, who was considering purchasing a Greenbuds mattress for her 6 month old who suffers from asthma.
How can I be sure that the Greenbuds Organic Mattresses are completely Anti-bacterial and Dust mite and Bed bug free???
Here’s why we can comfortably assure you that every fiber used in a Greenbuds Mattress is completely free of these invaders:
- All Natural Latex is naturally breathable, especially the Dunlop Processed latex we use, which has excessive aeration. Due to its breathability, it creates a low moisture environment that dust mites, bed bugs, bacteria, etc. do NOT like. In fact, Natural latex is actually 300% more dust mite resistant than synthetic foam!
- Coconut Coir: Dust mites survive and reproduce easily in bedding (especially pillows), deriving moisture from the humidity generated by human breathing, perspiration, and saliva. This concerns the surface of the mattress. Greenbuds coconut material is found deep within the mattress and will not in any way allow for breeding of mites.
- For bacteria, the surface of the mattress is the best habitat. There the temperature is the highest, which is good for reproduction. Not to worry, we go even further, with our removable and washable mattress covers made of 100% Organic Cotton and 100% Organic Wool…….
Stay tuned for our next article on other allergenic concerns and myths – Scientific studies overrule!