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A Question from a Reader – Buying an Organic Bed

Dear Betsy:

We’re looking to buy an “organic bed”. I’ve done a fair amount of research, which, frankly is overwhelming. So just wondered if you’ve had any experience with this part of the “green marketplace”.

 Thanks – 

Carole

East Sandwich, MA

Hi Carole:

Thank you for contacting me.  We spend approximately 1/3 of our life sleeping,  (that’s 33. 3 years spent sleeping if you live to be 100 – wow!), which makes choosing a mattress an important investment.  I’m glad you are considering non-toxic materials; conventional mattresses are made of polyurethane foam, toxic flame-retardants, and water or stain-resistant chemicals.  You don’t have to be chemically sensitive to reap the benefits of an organic bed.  I think everyone should sleep on one.

I’ve been sleeping on an organic mattress for 6 or 7 years and I love it!!! It’s definitely the most comfortable mattress I’ve slept on. It’s made of natural rubber (latex) with the following features:

  • Extremely durable, flexible and resilient
  • No toxic substances or ozone-depleting agents used in the manufacture of the mattress
  • No synthetic rubber or other fibers used
  • Warm in winter, cool in summer
  • Resistant to moisture buildup
  • Naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic
  • Mold and dust free

With my bed, there are three layers of rubber – soft, medium and firm.  Based on your weight and preference, you can custom design the layers.  You and your spouse or partner can each choose your own layers. There is an organic wool or cotton casing (meaning it is grown without pesticides) that surrounds the rubber layers.  Wool provides great dust mite protection, making it ideal for allergy sufferers.  Wool is also naturally fire resistant.

I suggest you look around and try different options. There are many choices in organic mattresses, designed for all preferences and all budgets – those made from a combination of natural latex and cocofibers, those with only one or two layers of natural rubber, organic cotton innerspring mattresses or mattresses made with wool and coils.

I bought my mattress from Furnature in Watertown, Mass (they also have a complete line of chemical free furniture with certified organic textiles).  Organic Mattress in Sudbury, Mass and The Clean Bedroom in Wellesley, Mass also carry toxic-free mattresses, as well as bed frames made from sustainable, renewable and biodegradable hardwoods and organic pillows, bedding and toppers.

(For non-Massachusetts readers, go online and search “organic mattresses”.  They are more available than they used to be.)

Check out my post on “The Green Bedroom” for additional information on organic bedding.

Good luck Carole – sleep soundly on your comfortable and healthy organic mattress.  Let me know how you like it!

Regards,

Betsy

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Jade Yoga Mats

I started doing yoga a couple of years ago and love it.  I’ve discovered though, that there are just about as many different styles of yoga mats as there are different styles of yoga!  My daughter was raving recently about the eco-friendly Jade yoga mat and wondered if I knew anything about them.  I hadn’t heard of them and decided to do some research.   I was impressed by their website and their philosophy.  Jade yoga mats are made with natural renewable and sustainable rubber tapped from rubber trees and contain no PVC or synthetic rubber. JadeYoga is committed to producing their mats in the U.S. in compliance with all U.S. environmental laws even though they could be produced cheaper in China.   Because their mats come from the rubber tree, they thank the trees by planting a tree for every mat sold.  They also offer a reuse program bringing used yoga mats to people who can’t afford them, thereby helping those in need and reducing the number of yoga mats going into the landfill.

Sold on their philosophy,  I was eager to try one.  The company sent me a demo mat and I’ve tried it a few times.  I have to say it is completely different from my other eco-friendly yoga mat or any other mat I have used.  The Jade yoga mat has unbelievable grip!  I noticed I could hold my downward dog and pyramid pose better and longer.  With a strenuous workout, my feet and hands get sweaty, but even so, I didn’t slip. Apparently the open cell natural rubber guarantees optimum grip. There is also better cushion and more resilience than other mats.  You really can feel the difference!  My yoga teacher tried it and agreed the grip was amazing!  Jade yoga mats are also great for pilates and other exercise routines.

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Yoga offers tremendous health benefits at any age, but especially as we grow older.  It helps with relaxation, flexibility, strength, and balance.  If you aren’t already doing yoga, give it a try and consider using the Jade yoga mat. It feels good supporting an eco-friendly company with a quality product genuinely doing the right thing for the earth, even if it means paying a little more.

Information compiled from jadeyoga.com.