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"Many popular mattresses are a chemical nightmare, constructed of polyurethane foam, which is made from a petrochemical base combined with a chemical potpourri of stabilizers, catalysts, surfactants, fire retardants, antimicrobial additives and colorants. These chemicals are associated with environmental problems as well as human health hazards such as chronic bronchitits, impaired lung function, breathlessness, nausea, vomiting and allergic reactions. Some are potential carcinogens and reproductive toxins. Sleep Safe details how beds may be one of the single-most overlooked causes of people’s health problems in the world today. Author Walt Bader shows the reader how to shop for a safe and healthy organic mattress, and provides tips for eliminating toxins in all parts of your bedroom--from the walls to the floors to the closets."

Sleep Safe in a Toxic World by Walter Bader


Having been chemically sensitive his whole life, Walt Bader is intimately aware of the chemical challenges that bombard us on a daily basis. His continual quest has been to find safer alternatives for the everyday products that he uses, and by so doing, to avoid the health risks associated with products that are routinely made with chemicals.

In 1995, he decided to share these products with others and co-founded Lifekind®, Inc., a national catalog company specializing in organic and Naturally Safer® product alternatives. Several years later, Walt and his partner created the first organic mattress Eco-Factory™ — Organic Mattresses, Inc. — to produce their mattresses and other top-of-the-bed products.

Walt did his undergraduate work in business and his graduate studies in law, and although they gave him the tools he needed to become a successful entrepreneur, he had to learn how to survive in this toxic world with a great deal of help from other individuals and publications.

Suggested Web Sites
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals
  • ChemFinder Database
  • Chemical Body Burden
  • Chem-Tox: A consumer bulletin board that reports problems associated with chemicals in mattresses.
  • Collaborative on Health and the Environment
  • EnviroLink Library
  • Environmental Defense Fund's Chemical Scoreboard
  • Environmental Facts Warehouse
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Science Institute
  • Forest Guardians
  • Greenpeace, USA
  • Guide to Less Toxic Products
  • Mattress Illness Bulletin Board Maintained by Wayne Sinclair, M.D. and Richard Pressinger, M.Ed.
  • National Health Information Center: Health Information Resource Database
  • National Resources Defense Council
  • National Resources Defense Council: Toxic Chemicals and Health Information
  • PANNA (Pesticide Action Network North America)
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Sierra Club
  • Silent Spring Institute
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazardous Material Information Website
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Household Waste and Ecosystems
  • Washington Toxics Coalition