10 days ago
I received a call yesterday from a mattress supplier in regard to my recent article on mattresses. (See “Greener Mattress Options Can Reduce Waste, Provide a More Healthy Sleep Experience.”) The purpose of her call was to make me aware of a couple of “errors” in my article. First of all, I listed the Carolina Mattress Guild as a supplier of mattresses. Turns out the company is out of business. It filed for bankruptcy last month. It had been open for 23 years. The caller also brought to attention some issues with Essentia, maker of what it calls “the world’s healthiest mattress” and maker of what it says is the only “natural memory foam.” The caller said Essentia is making claims it cannot support. I did some checking and Essentia has indeed been in trouble before for its claims. In July 2013, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Essentia agreed to stop making unsupported claims that the mattresses they sell are free of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs).