The Real Cost of Going Green

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-04-20T22:39:48Z

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Green Mattresses

Conventional mattresses contain a number of chemicals -- including glues, chloroform, acetone and other chemicals to make them fire-resistant. These can lead to respiratory problems, among other things. Green mattresses, made from organic cotton or wool, are supposed to protect the skin from irritants and the absorption of chemicals.

$1,900: Organic innerspring mattress, queen size -- heartofvermont.com
$2,800: SleepTek natural rubber latex mattress, queen size -- eco-mattress-store.com

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