Whether you’re looking for laundry detergent or paper towels, manufacturers of consumer products are going green. Everyday products are becoming more environmentally friendly, and it’s now possible to find more products than ever that have less of a detrimental impact on the global environment and more of a positive impact on your own home and ability to live a more sustainable life.
One such product is your mattress. With regular mattresses, there’s off gassing (also called out gassing), which means you are breathing in synthetic fumes, which can cause headaches, allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and other illnesses. Synthetic mattresses also trap moisture, and by their very construction allow for poor air circulation and an environment where dust mites, bed bugs, mold, mildew, and microbial bacterial growth may thrive. Considering that you sleep an average of seven to eight hours a night, breathing in toxic fumes for that many hours may cause you to think about getting a green mattress to replace your regular mattress.
According to ChasingGreen.org, more than 30 million mattresses are manufactured in the US each year, and many of these are filled with non-renewable materials, man-made foam, and contain synthetic chemicals. Fortunately, you can play a role in removing greenhouse gas emissions, filling up landfills, and reducing other environmental hazards — while also reducing your exposure to chemical fabric treatments, artificial dyes, and pesticides — simply by choosing a greener mattress.
As you know, the amount and quality of your sleep is a vital contributor to your health. If you don’t get quality sleep — at least most of the time — you not only may not be able to function up to your full potential, but your health over the long haul can suffer. With a green mattress, such as an all-natural latex mattress, you can sleep soundly with the full knowledge that you’re sleeping on anti-microbial materials and not ingesting harmful chemicals while you sleep.
Because natural mattresses like latex mattresses are made from the sap of rubber trees, they are biodegradable. This is a great thing, since in the past mattresses made out of synthetics have been filling up landfills like there is no tomorrow. A traditional man-made mattress typically takes 80-100 years to decompose in a landfill!Image Source: LatexMattress.org
The production and manufacturing process of natural latex mattresses is comprised of air, water, and plant-based latex. All are natural ingredients, and thus completely biodegradable.
So, if you’re looking for an organically-made mattress, your old one has seen its last day, you simply want to live a healthier lifestyle, or you just want to do your part for a better environment, now is a great time to begin exploring your green mattress options. A natural latex mattress poses no environmental hazards or health hazards, such as chemical off-gassing. By and large, it’s one of the most eco-friendly green mattresses available today.
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