Tip 4 — Green Your Bedroom
On average, we spend almost 1/3 of our lives sleeping — that’s why it’s so important that we create healthy environments for rest and relaxation. But even the soundest night’s rest will not make you healthier if you’re breathing in dangerous toxins while you sleep. Fortunately, there’s an abundance of green products out there that will ensure your bedroom is a safe and environmentally friendly place to retire to at the end of the day.
Most mattresses are made with a variety of harmful, or potentially harmful, materials such as petroleum and fire-retardants. These chemicals, concentrated on the surface of the mattress, are absorbed through our skin and lungs. But don’t worry — there are plenty of eco-friendly organic mattress on the market. Some of my favorite green mattresses are made by Organicpedic by OMI, Green Sleep, Vivetique and InnoMax. Also when purchasing a new mattress make sure your old one doesn’t end up rotting in a landfill – contact one of these companies to take care of the hauling and recycling.
When creating the perfect healthy bedroom, one must also consider bedding. For organic bedding, I like Pottery Barn’s Organic Line, Amy Butler Design and VivaTerra (who makes duvets from peace silk). If co-sleeping is part of your routine and there’s a little one in the bed, you might want to consider Green Mountain’s wool peepee pads to protect your organic sheets and mattress.