Making an environmentally-sound purchasing choice is becoming an important factor for an increasing number of consumers. When it comes to a mattress, like many other purchases, the hard part is deciding what is the best choice for your needs, budget, and planetary commitment. There are many different mattresses on the market today, but few represent the sheer eco-conscious nature of a natural latex mattress. These are just some of the reasons why natural latex mattresses are a great choice for anyone hoping to lend a helping hand to the planet you call home.
In a world where forests are diminishing at an alarming rate, it’s nice to know that no trees need to be chopped down to create natural latex mattresses. In fact, it’s the sap from live trees that makes these mattresses possible. Natural latex is created from the sap of Hevea Brasiliensis, otherwise known as the Rubber Tree, as the sustainability site TreeHugger points out. Of course, this only applies to the latex mattresses that are 100 percent natural and not to the latex blends that are on the market.
But how does the comfort of these sustainable mattresses stand up to comparable mattresses on the market? Most users feel that the comfort is similar to what they find in memory foam mattresses. Most people prefer the curve-hugging support natural latex has to offer over traditional mattresses as well.
Part of the problem with traditional mattresses, that makes them an unattractive option in the “eco-conscious” category, is that they must be replaced every seven or eight years, if not sooner. Add that to the fact that they are large and bulky, and you have a pretty big landfill problem when it comes to mattresses. Mattresses occupy up to 23 cubic feet of landfill space for each mattress.
Natural latex mattresses last 20 or more years before needing to be replaced. This gives them at least twice the lifespan of traditional mattresses. It also means they occupy at least half the landfill space.
All natural latex mattresses are made of 100 percent plant derivatives, which makes them biodegradable. While 90 percent of the materials from traditional mattresses (metal springs, cotton, foam, and wood) can be recycled, the process is laborious. The main reason it’s done is to free up a large amount of landfill space because it’s so labor intensive.
No matter what your reasons for deciding on the environmental choice in your mattress purchase, it’s hard to go wrong when you decide to go with 100 percent natural latex mattress. The benefits to your night of sleep as well as the planet are easy to see and appreciate.
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