TESTED FOR CHEMICAL EXPOSURE & POLLUTANTS
Nearly every eligible Avocado product is GREENGUARD Gold Certified by UL Environment. That means they’re scientifically tested for prolonged exposure in environmental chambers to meet rigorous emissions standards for chemical exposure and pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, and phthalates. Few mattresses and pillows qualify for this gold standard. You can view every GREENGUARD Gold certified Avocado product here.
CHILDREN ARE AT MORE RISK
Children are more susceptible to pollutants than adults, because they are still growing and breathe in proportionately more air. This means indoor pollutants, such as certain chemicals, particles, and allergens, can cause more severe health effects in children. The solution is clear: keep pollutants out in the first place. Consider the following:
- Children breathe in a greater volume of air than adults relative to their body size.
- Children's organs and respiratory, immune, and neurological systems are still developing.
- Children are much closer to the ground, and as a result, breathe in more of the heavier airborne chemicals than do adults.
- Infants and young children breathe through their mouths, moreso than adults, which increases their risk of pulmonary exposure to particulates and fibers that would otherwise be filtered out in the nose.
- Children have a higher heart rate than adults, which allows substances that are absorbed into the blood to permeate tissues faster.
THE MOST STRINGENT STANDARD: GREENGUARD GOLD
The GREENGUARD Gold Certification (formerly known as GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification) offers even stricter certification criteria, considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly), and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. It is referenced by both the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System.
The exposure to individual volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as detected in the C6 - C16 mass spectrometric analysis screen, has been adjusted to allow no greater than 1/100 of the currently published ACGIH® Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) and no greater than one-half of the California's Chronic Reference Exposure Levels (CRELs). In many cases, the 1/100 safety factor reduction of TLVs results in the most stringent requirements for an extensive range of VOCs. A total VOC or TVOC maximum allowable limit takes into account the complex mixture of all VOCs found to be emitting from a product, including those with and without TLVs or CRELs.