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We spend one third of our lifetime in bed, so a natural sleep surface is one of the most important investments you can make. Why? Conventional mattresses are chock full of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that are extremely hazardous to our health including flame retardants linked to allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and cancer. Fortunately, there are many natural mattress alternatives including organic cotton, wool and natural latex. And now, thanks to the good folks at My Green Mattress, one lucky Inhabitat reader will have the chance to win their very own all-natural, non-toxic mattress. We’re giving away a brand new medium-firm Queen-Sized Pure Echo Mattress valued at $679! Plus, every Inhabitat reader will receive an exclusive $75 off any mattress using PROMO CODE: Inhabitat$75. Read on to learn how you can enter to win the best sleep of your life.

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Climate change, air pollution, and water scarcity—these are just a handful of reasons why you may be worried for Earth’s future. But all hope is not lost, at least that’s the attitude of writer and editor Jared Green, whose recent book explores 80 thought-provoking ideas changing our world for the better. In ‘Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World,’ Green speaks with 80 influential global leaders, from Bjarke Ingels to Diana Balmori, to ask the question: What gives you hope that a sustainable future is possible? The result is an eclectic collection of inspiring tales that will resonate with everyone from the uninitiated student to the veteran community activist.

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