Mattress sellers who made environmental claims settle with FTC

The Federal Trade Commission announced Nov. 14 that it had approved final consent orders in three cases involving mattress manufacturers who the commission said were making unsupported environmental claims, including that the mattresses they sell are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

The FTC’s charges, announced in July and followed by a public comment period, involved San Diego-based Ecobaby Organics Inc.; Essentia Natural Memory Foam Co. Inc., based in Laval, Quebec; and Relief-Mart, based in Westlake Village, Calif.

Among the charges, according to the FTC, two companies made unsupported claims that their mattresses were chemical-free and odorless; one claimed that its mattresses are made from 100% natural materials; and another said its mattresses were certified by an organic mattress organization.

In settling the FTC’s charges, the companies have agreed not to make similar claims in the future, unless they have competent and reliable scientific evidence to prove they are true. In addition, Ecobaby is barred from making misrepresentations about certifications.

The FTC’s Green Guides provide guidance to companies about making environmental, or “green,” claims about their products.