To a certain extent, our health depends on choosing the right sleeping materials. If you’re a minimalist (in terms of how big an impact your bed has on your health), you probably agree that our sleep depends in part on our beds and our quality of life depends on our sleep, but the connection ends there. If you’re super conscious of all the substances that make it into your immediate environment, sleep quality is just the beginning. Or maybe it isn’t even the beginning.
The Organic Option
Organic mattresses provide one of the best ways of minimizing our exposure to harmful toxins during our sleep. It’s true for everyone, but may be especially important when it comes to beds for infants and small children. Your mattress is a big purchase that lasts for a long time, so opting for organic can go a long way towards improving your consumer footprint. The entire production process of organic mattresses is designed to eliminate pollution and provide a product that is environmentally friendly.
Less Impactful Production
One reason to go beyond the “natural” label and choose an organic mattress lies in the way their materials are produced. These beds are made of organic wool, latex and cotton. In the production of all these materials, organic farming practices are emphasized. Organic wool is harvested from cotton fields that do not use any artificial chemicals or fertilizers. The soil maintains its natural composition through the addition of organic fertilizer. This is also the case with rubber trees, the sap of which is used in making organic latex. The rubber trees are grown using sustainable practices to make sure the most efficient use of the available resources, including farmland, is made. When it comes to processing, the most environmentally friendly production processes are those that eliminate the release of pollutants into the environment. As a requirement, no toxic chemicals are added or used in the production of organic mattress materials,
Natural Fire Retardants
All mattresses, including organic ones, are required to integrate a fire retardant in their construction so as to be considered safe for use. Traditional and even some non-organic latex mattresses use a variety of toxic and harmful products to make them fire retardant. Many commonly used pollutant fire retardants have included CFCs, whose use was banned due to their effect on the ozone layer. This is one of the most heated points of contention when it comes to mattresses, as is a very important point in any conversation about organic mattresses. The bottom line is, organic mattresses are made with natural fire retardants, including organic wool, that eliminate the need for toxic chemicals.
Organic mattresses are made from organic materials, and that makes them a whole lot easier to break down and dispose of. This means that their disposal minimizes or eliminates environmental pollution, as the components will break down naturally when disposed of properly. Normal plastic based mattresses, on the other hand, are not biodegradable. Their disposal results in extensive environmental pollution and emits harmful toxins into the environment.
If you’re concerned about the impact your mattress has on your body and your world, visit A Goodnight Sleepstore. We can connect you with a mattress that gives you what you need and nothing you don’t want.