More and more awareness is coming forth around the impact certain products have on our environment, as well as our health. Some mattresses can be responsible for exposing us to an array of chemicals that we may not be interested in having in our lives. Mattresses are also hitting the landfills at an alarming rate since the industry started making cheaper models that don’t last as long as they used to.
More recent focus of scientific studies show that polyester and synthetic fibers (found in mattress casings and bedding) break down over time and dislodge during washing. They then make their way through the sewage out into our coastal waters, where marine life ingest them. Even more disturbing, it has been determined that these fibers also float in the air, where we breathe them in. Because these broken fibers are so small, they can even enter our bodies through our skin.
Highlighted below are some positive reasons for choosing natural and organic bedding, and how we can sidestep the negative impacts of synthetic mattresses and linens. Investing in naturally made mattresses and bedding is a win win. We end up with a higher quality product, plus we get that good feeling knowing we are part of a global movement that is making a difference. Doing what’s best for ourselves as well as for the planet feels great. Everybody wins.
9 Reasons to Choose Natural and Organic Bedding
- Natural fibers are breathable so our heat can easily pass through and out. Our bodies have a built in temperature regulating system, and bedding needs to be breathable in order to support that. Otherwise we wake up hot and sweaty, removing covers to release the heat build up and disrupting our precious sleep.
- Safer for our health. There are no harmful chemicals, pesticides or toxic dyes added to certified organic bedding. That means our bodies aren’t subjected to these either. The amount of chemicals that we are exposed to due to pollution and manufacturing out there in the big world is increasing all the time. Creating a sleep sanctuary in our homes gives us the much needed break our bodies need to recover and recharge.
- Safer Work Conditions. Organic cotton workers are not exposed to harmful chemicals and pesticides so their health is not adversely affected. Many have heard that conventional cotton crops are amongst the dirtiest on the planet. Look for the GOTS symbol when shopping for cotton, for third party certified alternatives, so you know they are good for you and the planet.
- Healthier waterways and less pollution. The production of organic cotton does not contribute to the contamination of groundwater systems. Often we forget that when water is used in the manufacturing process, that the neighbouring waterways will be greatly affected. Organic productions leave a minor footprint and ensures long term damage does not take place. There is minimal use of water in the production of natural fibers and the majority of this water is recycled.
- Sustainable: Organic cotton, rubber tree latex and eco/organic wool are sustainable resources. Protecting our non renewable resources is so important, as is establishing wide scale use of renewable resources. When we make purchases, we are helping define how our industries develop and which ones become obsolete. We have quite a bit of power as consumers to sway how businesses make decisions.
- Gentle on our bodies: We need our sleep time to be as rich and wholesome as we can make it. Starting with a baseline of clean, green and breathable bedding gives us the best chance for an amazing sleep.
- Dyes used in organic cotton are low-impact, meaning they do not contain harmful heavy metals, toxic chemicals and harmful mordants.
- Allergy support: Those of us with challenged immune systems and allergies, will find the moisture wicking ability of natural fibers will help keep bedding dry and dust mite free.
- You Deserve It. Investing in quality bedding feels incredible. Getting the best sleep is the gift that keeps on giving.