Mattress Buying Guide
More and more mattresses are green. And we're not talking shades of lime, olive drab or chartreuse. Are your bedding products green? Are they kind to you and the environment? If these things matter to you, and at some point and at some level, they should; here are some things to keep in mind.
The every day mattress available at the local sleep store may contain flame retardant chemicals known as PBDEs. Even though they can protect you from a fire, these chemicals may also be absorbed by your body as you sleep, and have been found in way too high levels in breast milk and the blood stream. As you can imagine, this would be harmful to an unborn or nursing child.
If you want to keep your mattress safe from fires but are concerned about the chemicals, there are options for you. Companies exist that produce organic cotton and untreated wool futons as well as organic flannel mattress pads of all sizes that can put a healthy separation between you and the chemically treated mattress. Others offer organic cotton, wool and believe it or not natural latex (a product made from rubber trees). If you want a more budget minded option, good old IKEA makes PBDE-less foam mattresses with other proven flame retardant chemicals. There are good reasons for going green!
You want to be healthy. You want your family to be healthy. You want to provide the best for your family. Your choice of mattress is one more way you can protect and provide for your family. Green mattresses are crafted with eco-friendly, natural materials. Sleeping on a green mattress can reduce your exposure to chemicals found in conventional mattresses and help create a healthier sleep environment. Many green mattress products are made with all natural latex and organic cotton. If you or your child suffer from allergies or have skin sensitive issues resulting in uncomfortable rashes or conditions, you should consider all natural products in your bedding. Those with allergic reactions have found that many of their symptoms are alleviated or completely relieved when they have switched from traditional mattresses to those made with eco-friendly organic materials. It is definitely worth the time and energy to research these mattresses.
And not all green mattresses are super expensive. There are good eco-friendly and healthy choices out there at comparable prices to traditional mattresses.
All-natural latex mattresses are a good green option. Latex mattresses are eco-friendly and may reduce your exposure to chemicals found in traditional mattresses. A natural latex mattress can be a significant factor in improving the quality of your sleep. We all know that the quality of your sleep greatly influences all aspects of your life. It is worth it to invest in better, healthier sleep on the best mattress for you.
Not only are green mattresses often a healthier choice for you and your family, they are also a smart choice for the environment. Natural latex mattresses are the product of natural latex rubber from the rubber tree. Therefore, they are friendly to the environment and biodegradable.