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Two things in this world are absolutely essential: maintaining our environment and getting restful sleep. A comfortable mattress, good pillows, and even the room’s temperature can all affect your sleep. But beds are especially critical to the sleep equation. Unfortunately, mattresses are not always constructed from sustainable materials and only last around 5 – 10 years. Then, they go on to rot in landfills or end up further polluting the environment due to their non-biodegradable nature.
But what if there were a better mattress (or even pillows and blankets) that doesn’t just feature quality craftsmanship and sustainable materials but is also long-lasting? These mattresses do exist!
Some companies manufacture eco-friendly, green mattresses and other bedding that seek to save the environment and supply a good night’s rest to their customers. Here are accessories to help you get a better night’s rest and protect the environment in the process.There are many reasons why you are unable to get decent sleep including inorganic materials used in your bed. Check out these sustainable bedding ideas for better sleep!Click To Tweet
Pillows are crucial for keeping your upper body aligned as you sleep and helping to keep your body comfortable during your sleep cycle. A good pillow will act as a counterbalance and relieve any pressure as you sleep.
Pillows are also unique to every individual. Your size, height, and preferred sleeping position can all factor into how you choose your pillow. Orthopedic pillows, body pillows, and knee pillows all offer ways to enhance your sleep when combined with other appropriate bedding.
Pillows come in all sorts of different and unique styles. There are cooling pillows, down pillows, frim pillows, plush pillows, and many more. As with most other types of bedding, a pillow can be made from certified organic materials.
Usually, the fill will be made from certified organic latex and kapok fiber with an organic cotton liner. They’re not made with polyester or foam.
Hypoallergenic pillowcases/protectors are also a good idea and can be sourced from the same materials. A pillowcase does more than protect a pillow—it enhances overall comfort while safeguarding you from allergies.
The manufacturing process for eco-friendly pillows involves more sustainable materials and less dangerous conditions (polyurethane manufacturing can be hazardous) for workers, making it a better option overall.
Affordable Sustainable Bedding
Pillows are important, but good quality bedding is essential.
Bedding is an abstract term that encompasses sheets, blankets, and comforters. Our organic friends, cotton, linen, and wool, make an encore appearance here when it comes to making bedding organic and eco-friendly.
When you’re looking to upgrade your mattress, getting hypoallergenic bedding made from natural materials is the next logical step to upgrading your sleeping experience.
Poorly made bedding uses some ingredients that do not bode well for the environment. These can include formaldehyde, polyurethane, AZO dyes, and other potentially toxic components.
If that isn’t bad enough, discarded bedding can pollute the environment and harm the soil due to the chemicals it contains. Organic bedding prevents this issue by using natural, organically certified materials used in its construction and manufacturing.
It lasts longer, offers more durability, and makes for a more leisurely night’s rest—and a reduced chance of personal issues such as allergies, itching, or rashes occur.
Mattresses are the most important piece of the puzzle when it comes to setting up a new bed. When looking for an environmentally-friendly green mattress, look for one that doesn’t use any harmful chemicals in any of the materials.
If it’s GOTS certified, then you’re in the clear. Materials used can range from organic latex to organic cotton and wool. A good eco-friendly shouldn’t contain flame retardants—these are usually foam and loaded with VOCs and other chemicals—and may be tufted together instead of using industrial glue.
It can include springs or be completely spring-free. For the ones with springs, the springs are recyclable.
Finally, ensure the mattress is certified biodegradable and made by a reputable manufacturer with a strong history of eco-friendly practices.
Another accessory you might want to consider adding to your bed is a mattress topper. These are handy materials that add a layer of comfort to the mattress while improving the quality of your sleep.
They can be made from cotton, wool, memory foam, and latex. Look for an eco-friendly mattress topper that’s comfortable (either firm or plush depending on your needs) and is made from GOTS-certified organic raw materials.
There’s a difference between a mattress topper and a mattress pad, but it’s very subtle. A pad is thinner than a topper, and the terms are often used interchangeably.
They’re a relatively inexpensive way to add just a pinch of additional comfort to your bed while being environmentally friendly.
Unlike a mattress pad or topper, a mattress protector covers a much larger surface area. Think of it like a pillowcase, but for your mattress!
They’re ideal for guarding against dust mites, bed bugs, mold, dead skin cells, and other allergens.
So why would you even need a mattress protector in the first place? The most obvious reason is to help keep the mattress clean.
We all sweat while we sleep, and after a while, your mattress may get a little grimy or dirty over time—even with sheets on the bed. It also functions as a way to protect your health—remember what we said above about allergens—and makes it easier to prevent potential pest problems.
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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.