Earth day is the world’s largest environmental movement, and this year the theme is ‘End Plastic Pollution’. We thought this was a great opportunity to discuss the impacts of mattress waste and how you can choose the most eco-friendly option for you and your family.
Ensuring that your sleep is as safe and healthy as possible is our top priority; we are extremely passionate about well-made, long lasting and natural mattresses. Good sleep can start simply with basic education on the components of your mattress and learning how to choose a mattress that is made to last a lifetime. By purchasing a naturally made mattress, you’re benefiting your future health and the future of this planet; so in honour of Earth Day, we are sharing the top reasons why we recommend avoiding conventional mattresses.
Investing in a mattress is a big decision; it can be a substantial expense, which is why it is imperative to equip yourself with the knowledge you need to make the best decision for you and your loved ones. By understanding the basic differences between an organic, natural mattress versus a synthetic mattress, it will allow you to make a more informed, economic and healthier decision.
Most conventional mattresses these days are made up of synthetic materials such as petroleum based petrochemicals, plastic, vinyls and flame retardants. These materials are not only detrimental to the environment, but also to your health. When mattresses are constructed with less breathable materials, heat and moisture can become trapped within the mattress, which creates the perfect breeding ground for dust mites and mould. As many people suffer from allergies and irritations, this only aggravates the situation. Mould is unhealthy for everyone in the family, especially children.
In terms of environmental impact, the plastics and chemical treatments used become a problem due to their non-biodegradable nature, and the difficulty with recycling them. In 2007, the Seattle Times wrote an article about mattress disposals in a local landfill. They discovered that more than 300 old mattresses and box springs arrive every single day, and they don’t disappear easily. Mattresses are generally not reusable and are extremely costly and time-consuming to recycle. Manufacturers construct the layers of mattresses securely so they won’t separate quickly, which is ideal, until you try to recycle them. To recycle the components, the mattresses can be “filleted” or cut in sections manually, which takes a fair amount of time and energy. Alternatively, if left in a landfill, not only do the mattresses take up a lot of land space, but the materials that make up your mattress could take up to 400 years to break down!
On the other hand, natural mattresses made up of wool and other organic materials such as horsehair don't need to be sprayed with harmful chemicals because they are naturally fire retardant. Organic wool also has the added benefits of resisting mildew and dust. With the beds we carry at Healthy Bedroom, you can be assured that you and your loved ones aren’t sleeping on highly flammable surfaces or breathing in harmful gases. Furthermore, when you purchase a natural mattress you will rest easy knowing that every component of the mattress is safe for recycling - and that’s not even the best part! While most mattresses must be replaced every decade or so, natural filled mattresses (such as wool, cotton and latex) can last a full lifetime with proper care. The math doesn’t lie, and this tells us that other mattresses on the market will need to be replaced as many as three to four times more often than natural mattresses. How’s that for clearing out a little bit of landfill space?
A good night’s sleep shouldn’t be elusive. We spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping and choosing to rest on a natural, organic mattress is making the best decision for your health and contributing to lessening the strain of plastic chemicals in our planet.
Our showroom is located in Edmonton and is open 6 days a week; our knowledgeable staff have over 10 years of retail, manufacturing, and sleep experience, so feel free to contact us anytime if you have any more questions about how an eco-friendly mattress could contribute to a healthier, fuller sleep.