Citizens living in lesser-developed, rural environs have long been hip to the concept of using natural fibers to make their sleeping arrangements more comfortable. Some stuff their mattresses with the dried husks of coconuts, while others turn to livestock such as horses or sheep, and seasonally ‘borrow’ fibers. These ideas were born organically out of necessity hundreds of years ago, and a small Greek company called COCO-MAT has modernized the various processes, providing today’s green seekers the option of “sleeping on nature.”
COCO-MAT’s kids’ line features pillows filled with 85% goose down (Sithon) or natural rubber (Narkissos), but it is the mattresses, with their elasticated coco fiber (derived from the shell of the aforementioned coconut), that caught my eye. In particular, the Skiourous mattress that adds an extra layer in order to afford babes “noiseless and orthosomatic sleep.” The Orthosomatic principle follows the idea that “the right mattress for the human body is the one which adapts to the body and which supports the body in its entirety.” It’s a concept that will not lie well with those of us who believe in extra firm bedding.
COCO-MAT’s coco fibers are “transformed into layers that ensure the correct aeration of the product in which they’re used. Before coco fiber is used in mattresses, they are sprayed with natural rubber in order to stabilize them and to make them more elastic.” The COCO-MAT manufacturing process also utilizes machinery that recycles left-over bits of fiber. And coco fiber is not the only unusual natural raw material used. COCO-MAT’s materials list includes: wood, seaweed, wool, linen, silk, down, horsehair (try explaining that one to your kids) and natural rubber.
Mattress prices start at €120,00 (the company also welcomes suggestions)