Sustainability is getting a lot of press these days. But, is it really important to buy mattresses made with sustainable materials? The short answer is yes. Mattresses made with sustainable materials are not only healthy to sleep on, but they ensure we will have trees, forests and other natural materials in the future.
There are many things that make mattress materials sustainable:
Natural latex mattresses are popular not only for their comfort, but also for their healthy and sustainable materials. Natural Latex is a biological byproduct of the rubber tree. It begins as a milky liquid, derived from ‘tapping’ live rubber trees, which grow in tropical climates around the world. Trees are not harmed and they provide a sustainable resource for latex over the course of the tree’s natural lifespan, often upwards of 50 years. It is a natural, renewable resource that is easily biodegradable.
Sustainability is more than just a buzzword. It describes something important when it comes to natural resources. Replenishment. For example, for every tree that is cut down to create a product, such as a mattress foundation, something must be done to replace that tree, or it will have a detrimental effect on the planet.
It’s not simply about planting another tree to replace the one that’s been lost, but about how quickly that tree will reach maturation. Some trees, after all, grow faster than others, and reach maturation rates much more quickly, while others take many years to get to the same point.
Sustainability takes this growth cycle into account. Companies that create sustainable products go to great lengths to ensure they use materials that are robust, grow abundantly, and can be replenished quickly.
With this thought in mind, it’s more important than ever to shift focus when buying products to those made sustainably. These traits make a tremendous difference in the quality of the product and the effect the mattress has on the planet and the health of your family.
The world’s current population is 7.2 billion with expected growth to 9.6 billion by the year 2050. The vast majority of the world’s population sleeps on some type of a mattress. The average person will go through several mattresses in the course of a lifetime, so that’s a lot of mattresses!
When you purchase sustainable mattresses, you’re buying products that do the following:
These things are important because we only have one planet. The same planet your children, their children, and their children’s children have to live on, too. Sustainable manufacturing today ensures they’ll still have trees, forests, and other natural materials to build with in the future.
As a consumer, it’s important to research the materials used, in each layer of your mattress. Also, look for third party certifications for these materials. Third party certifications are issued by independent organizations after they have inspected the raw material and/or final product and they have independently determined that it complies with specific standards for safety, quality and performance.
Seek out mattresses that have the following certifications:
At PlushBeds, sustainability is a defining characteristic of who we are and how we do business on a daily basis. Our commitment is reflected in all aspects of our operations. Our products are healthy, environmentally responsible and safe for our employees, consumers and the environment.
We handcraft our mattresses using the highest quality, environmentally friendly, consciously-sourced, certified organic raw materials, which come from renewable resources. Our mattresses contain no synthetic blends, no fillers, no dyes, no carcinogenic adhesives, no chemicals and no pesticides.
PlushBeds mattresses are also GOLS, GOTS, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and GreenGuard Gold certified. And PlushBeds is a Green America® certified business, member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, The Forest Stewardship Council, Rainforest Alliance and we offset our carbon emission via our partnership with TerraPass.
PlushBeds mattresses allow you to make sustainable and healthy buying choices, all while obtaining your best night’s sleep. You can get the best of both worlds by making the right decision for your family, the planet, and the quality of sleep you’ll enjoy every night.
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