For Consumers:

CertiPUR-US® Answers Your Questions

If you are reading this, you are probably among a growing number of consumers that care about what is inside the products in your home. We care, too. That’s why the CertiPUR-US® program was developed. To provide answers to the question: What is inside the foam in my mattresses and upholstered furniture?

When you see the CertiPUR-US® seal, you can be confident that the foam inside has been rigorously tested and certified by an accredited laboratory to meet specific criteria for physical performance, content, indoor emissions and environmental stewardship.


VOCs: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects.

Phthalates: chemical with estrogenic properties: a chemical compound used as a plastic softener and in many personal grooming products. It is reported to be a possible cause of reproductive or developmental problems because it mimics a natural hormone.

CFCs: gas used in refrigerant and aerosols: a gas containing carbon, hydrogen, chlorine, and fluorine, some forms of which damage the ozone layer in the Earth's atmosphere. Use: refrigerant, aerosol propellant.

Formaldehyde: pungent gas: a colorless gas with a distinctive smell. Use: manufacture of resins and fertilizers, preservation of organic specimens. HCHO

Methylene Chloride: DCM is also metabolized by the body to carbon monoxide potentially leading to carbon monoxide poisoning. Acute exposure by inhalation has resulted in optic neuropathy and hepatitis. Prolonged skin contact can result in DCM dissolving some of the fatty tissues in skin, resulting in skin irritation or chemical burns.

PBDE’s: Chemical Compound used as a flame retardant. The health hazards of these chemicals have attracted increasing scrutiny, and they have been shown to reduce fertility in humans at levels found in households.

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