Sustainability - The quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.\r\n\r\nSustainable mattress companies make their products with organic and natural materials in a\u00a0sustainable manner. They are committed to meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.\r\n\r\n\r\nSustainability Concepts\r\nEssentially, leading sustainable lifestyles encourages people to do more with less. This works in many ways. In some cases, it means purchasing items that require fewer resources to create, produce and market. This includes the following:\r\n\r\n \tBuying products with reduced packaging\r\n \tPurchasing items made with easily renewable resources\r\n \tBuying products that use fewer ingredients\r\n \tReducing carbon footprints\r\n \tBuying local\r\n \tChoosing organic products\r\n \tBuying fewer items\r\n \tReducing chemicals you purchase and use in your home\r\n \tStudying the items you do purchase to ensure they conform to your ideals for using fewer ingredients, less packaging, and renewable resources\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ll find sustainable products in many forms. Companies that make these sustainable products\u00a0chose to live in harmony with each other and our planet.\r\nReducing Your Carbon Footprint\r\nFortunately, there are many sustainable products available in today\u2019s marketplace:\r\n\r\n \tSustainable clothing\r\n \tCosmetics\r\n \tPaper products (plates, cups, etc.)\r\n \tSchool supplies\r\n \tMilk cartons\r\n \tHome d\u00e9cor\r\n \tFlooring\r\n \tFurniture\r\n \tLinens\r\n \tMattresses\r\n\r\nThe big question is this: how do you know which products are sustainable? One thing you can do is to check if the manufacturer is a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council.\r\n\r\nThe Sustainable Furnishings Council is a coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers dedicated to\u00a0raising awareness\u00a0and expanding the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices across the home furnishings industry. SFC's mission is to help companies reduce their environmental footprint as they grow, and to help consumers find healthy furnishings.\u00a0Sustainable Furnishings Council members take immediate steps to minimize carbon emissions, waste stream pollutants, un-recyclable content and primary materials from unsustainable sources from any product platform under their control.\r\n\r\nA little bit of research about the materials used to make the product and the manufacturer, can help you make the best purchasing decisions, according to your values and beliefs about sustainability.\r\nWhat Makes a Mattress Sustainable?\r\nThere are many things that make a mattress sustainable:\r\n\r\n \tMade from ethically sourced, renewable, organic and natural resources, that grow swiftly and abundantly\r\n \tNo use of chemical pesticides when growing the rubber trees\r\n \tNo chemical fertilizers used in the growing process\r\n \tLong lasting, durable\r\n \tCompletely recyclable, meaning they are friendly to busting landfills\r\n \tResponsible manufacturing\r\n\r\nThese 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.\r\nPlushBeds Commitment to Sustainability\r\nAt PlushBeds, sustainability is a defining characteristic of who we are and how we do business on a daily basis.\u00a0Our commitment is reflected in all aspects of our operations, from the beginning - with product design and manufacturing, to the end - with logistics and recycling.\u00a0Our products are healthy, environmentally responsible and safe for our employees, consumers and the environment.\r\n\r\nWe handcraft our\u00a0mattresses using the highest quality, environmentally friendly, consciously-sourced, certified organic raw materials, which come from renewable resources.\u00a0We also conserve resources and reduce solid waste by recycling at the\u00a0mattress\u00a0manufacturing and assembly stages.\r\n\r\nPlushBeds\u2019 mattresses are made with the finest quality, organic and natural materials - no synthetic blends, no fillers, no dyes, no carcinogenic adhesives, no chemicals and no pesticides. Clean and pure, as Mother Nature intended.\u00a0Natural 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\u2019s natural lifespan - often upwards of 50 years. It is a natural, renewable resource that is easily biodegradable.\r\n\r\nPlushBeds is also a\u00a0Green America\u00ae certified business,\u00a0member of the\u00a0Sustainable Furnishings Council, The Forest Stewardship Council, Rainforest Alliance and\u00a0we offset our carbon emission via our partnership with\u00a0TerraPass.\r\n\r\nPlushBeds 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\u2019ll enjoy every night.\r\nLink to Us!\r\nIf you found this article useful, please copy and paste it into the html code of your website or blog: Learn More About Going Green at the <a href"https:\/\/www.plushbeds.com\/blog\/mattress\/what-is-a-sustainable-mattress\/">PlushBeds Green Living Blog<\/a>.