Every year more and more people make the decision to adopt a vegan lifestyle. Adopting a vegan lifestyle goes much deeper than simply addressing the foods you introduce into your body. It also involves\u00a0every buying decision you make, including the decision to buy a vegan mattress for yourself and your family.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThere are essentially three compelling reasons most people choose to adopt a vegan lifestyle. They include:\r\n\r\n \tAvoiding the slaughter and mistreatment of animals.\r\n \tEliminating a variety of health risks.\r\n \tReducing carbon footprints.\r\n\r\nEach one offers benefits to those who embraces veganism and to other people and animals as well.\r\nWhat Does It Mean To Be Vegan?\r\nStrictly speaking, someone who is vegan doesn\u2019t eat or use animal products. Vegans opt for plant-based products instead of animal-based products. This goes beyond not eating meat. It means you don\u2019t use or consume animal byproducts either. You will be shocked and amazed by how many animal products and byproducts are used in food, clothing and other items, including bedding.\r\n\r\nFor instance, many planet-friendly, high-quality mattresses use wool as a natural flame retardant. It is far better for people and the planet than mattresses that contain PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) flame retardants. Yet it still contains wool, made from sheep. Silk sheets are also off the market for vegans. You can forget about leather headboards too, unless it is made of synthetic leather, with no animal byproducts.\r\n\r\nCommon products vegans avoid include:\r\n\r\n \tLeather\r\n \tWool\r\n \tHoney\r\n \tSilk\r\n \tDairy products\r\n \tMeat\r\n \tFish\r\n \tEggs\r\n \tPoultry\r\n \tGelatin\r\n \tWhey\r\n \tBeeswax\r\n \tCasein\r\n\r\nFollowing a vegan diet can be extremely healthy, provided all your nutritional needs are met. This requires careful planning to ensure you're getting the right concentration of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to support a healthy, active lifestyle, including:\r\n\r\n \tCalcium\r\n \tVitamin D\r\n \tVitamin B12\r\n \tIodine\r\n \tProtein\r\n\r\nMany vegans face unique challenges, when it comes to reading labels, to find appropriate products to meet their needs. For instance, not all products claiming to be all-natural, are necessarily vegan. Some may even claim to be vegan while hiding animal byproducts in their ingredients. In other words, the food may be marked \u201cvegetarian,\u201d but it may contain animal-derived ingredients.\r\n\r\nIt takes time to learn how to read labels, to identify animal products. Once you get the hang of it though, you\u2019ll find plenty of top brands and products to choose from that fit your lifestyle.\r\nHow Popular Is Veganism?\r\nIf you\u2019re not a vegan now, you may be soon. According to Report Buyer, only one percent of the population was identified as vegan in 2014. Skip ahead to June of 2017 and those numbers increased to six percent of U.S. consumers who practice veganism in their diets.\r\n\r\nWith this kind of growth over a three year period, the expectation is that these numbers will only increase in time. This is why more businesses are beginning to create products designed with vegans in mind. This includes mattress manufacturers, who use organic cotton and other plant-based materials, to create wool-free mattress options for vegans.\r\nBuying A Vegan Mattress\r\nThose who choose to live a vegan lifestyle in order to live a healthier lifestyle, look for additional qualities in a vegan mattress. Mattresses made without animal products and byproducts are just the beginning. They also seek chemical free, 100% natural mattresses.\r\n\r\nMany mattress companies, like PlushBeds, have stepping up to the plate by offering chemical free, 100% natural mattresses that are made without animal products or byproducts.\u00a0PlushBeds Natural Bliss 100% Natural Latex Mattress is handcrafted with the finest quality 100% natural latex, organic cotton and it is wool-free, thanks to our revolutionary, plant-based Eco Fire BarrierTM.\r\n\r\nIn addition to containing no animal products or byproducts, the Natural Bliss 100% Natural Latex Mattress by PlushBeds, also features none of the following:\r\n\r\n \tFormaldehyde\r\n \tProhibited phthalates\r\n \tMethylene chloride\r\n \tChloroform\r\n \tChlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)\r\n \tPolybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs commonly used as flame retardants)\r\n \tPetroleum fillers\r\n \tSynthetic blends\r\n \tCarcinogens\r\n \tPesticide-treated cottons\r\n\r\nWhy are these things important in vegan mattresses? You\u2019ve gone out of your way to choose a lifestyle that reflects your values and your quest for better health. Keeping these harmful ingredients, many of which are associated with a variety of illnesses and health conditions, out of your home is another step in the right direction for your health and the health of your family.\r\nHow Do You Know You\u2019re Getting The Product You Expect?\r\nAll of PlushBeds products are made with cruelty-free practices.\u00a0PlushBeds has earned a\u00a0variety of certifications and awards for this dedication, including these\u00a0certifications from organizations that require exceptional standards:\r\n\r\n \tOeko-Tex Standard 100\r\n \tGreenGuard Gold\r\n \tUSDA Organic\r\n \tGlobal Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)\r\n \tGlobal Organic Latex Standard (GOLS)\r\n \tThe Eco-Institute\r\n \tInternational Control Union\r\n \tForest Stewardship Council\r\n \tRainforest Alliance Certification\r\n\r\nEach achievement is earned, by PlushBeds, for their superior quality products and dedication to the planet and the people and animals who call it home.\r\n\r\nPlushBeds offers a\u00a0100-night free trial on all of their mattresses,\u00a0allowing you to try this 100% natural, vegan mattress\u00a0for yourself, so you can see the difference it makes in your sleep quality. You will soon realize that you\u2019re sleeping better than you ever have due to it's luxurious comfort and 100% natural, vegan materials.\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-vegan-mattress\/">PlushBeds Green Living Blog<\/a>.