Pollutants, allergies and health
Information about possible harmful substances and allergies in the context of mattresses
The Nature strikes back
According to the experts, the spread and rapid increase in allergies is due to the fact that more and more unfamiliar substances are in the air and food and that the human organism cannot cope with this flood of synthetic substances, partly because it lacks the corresponding genetic experience. The body finally reacts with blind and arbitrary defensive reactions. This applies above all to natural substances and foodstuffs, i.e. those substances that are known to the organism through its genetic history.
In this context it is often asked whether natural mattresses can also cause allergies. However, since the natural materials used in the mattresses are neither consumed nor evaporated and, with the exception of the cotton cover, do not come into contact with the skin, this question can be answered in the negative.
However, it remains suspected that the materials used may cause allergies to house dust mites. This is usually based on the unspoken assumption that mites could be present in the natural fibres because they find enough to eat here. Also here can be contradicted, since the house dust mites consume neither wool nor horsehair nor cotton, but rather the human skin scales, and that only if these were already acidified and/or split by molds. For this reason, people who are allergic to the droppings of the house dust mite should make sure that the skin scales cannot get into the mattresses in the first place.
Change bed linen and do not cover mattresses during the day
The simplest procedure is to change and wash bed linen more often than usual. In the case of very sensitive persons, this should be done daily, as this is a simple way of depriving the mites of their livelihood.
In addition, the mattress should not be covered during the day in order to “dry out” the mattress and thus make the survival conditions of the mites more difficult.
Dust-proof covers and covers for allergy sufferers made of synthetic fibres
For acute house dust allergies, it is recommended to use mattress covers that are dustproof, easy to remove and wash at up to 90 degrees. These so-called “encasings” are generally made of synthetic fibres and unfortunately restrict the ventilation of the mattress.
Neem oil and benzyl benzoate
Oil from the neem tree and benzyl benzoate are recommended as further protection against house dust mites. Neem has various ingredients that inhibit feeding and the active ingredient azadirachtin, which prevents insects from reproducing.
Benzyl benzoate is made from cinnamon bark and perubalsam and kills mites.
Unfortunately, sprays of benzyl benzoate or neem oil do not penetrate too deeply into the mattress and of course cannot reduce or destroy the already existing allergenic excrement of the mites.
Upon customer request, we have the inner materials of the mattresses pre-treated with neem oil during production to make the nesting of house dust mites in the mattress more difficult. However, we cannot give a guarantee for a long-term effect, since the skin scales entering the mattress are probably only impregnated to a limited extent by the agent introduced.
Perhaps the fear of house dust mites is also somewhat exaggerated. Please read our note “House dust mites wanted”.
Natural latex contains about 200 proteins of which 20 have been identified as allergens and are known to trigger contact allergies, e.g. when using latex gloves.
With the natural latex used by our mattress manufacturer, the allergenic proteins are reduced to such an extent that they are hardly detectable. Our natural latex mattresses can be used by allergy sufferers without hesitation, especially as the latex core is integrated into the mattresses in such a way that skin contact is excluded.
We guarantee that our mattresses do not cause latex allergies. We have also not yet discovered a case in which the latex core of one of our mattresses has caused an allergy.
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As with other ecologically oriented companies in this branch, the raw materials of mattresses are regularly tested for harmful substances. The main focus for virgin sheep’s wool and horsehair is on organochlorine pesticides, pentachlorophenol for coconut fibres and nitrosamines for natural latex. The upholstery fabrics are also checked for formaldehyde. In addition, the materials are tested for volatile organic compounds such as hydrocarbons, halogenated hydrocarbons, alcohols, esters, ketones, etc.
Detailed information and the test results can be found on the website of the mattress manufacturer boyboks under Pollutant test results (in German).