Today, many of us are making efforts to go green in various aspects of our lives, from the food we eat to the way we travel and shop. We’re using recyclable bags at the grocer, implementing compost in our yards, and we’re recycling more. Everything each one of us does makes a difference. And it’s great that we’re trying to make differences in our waking lives. But what about our sleeping lives? Since the average person spends a third of their lives sleeping, it’s essential to consider the bedroom when establishing a green lifestyle. From an eco-friendly custom organic mattress cover to LED lighting, here are five great ideas for making eco-friendly changes in the bedroom.
Go green… Actually
Houseplants aren’t just trendy, they have huge potential for making your life better and healthier. Adding fragrant plants like jasmine or lavender will be great natural relaxers as you doze off at night between custom, 100% cotton sheets. It’s also great to add something like bamboo, which will purify your air during the day and release essential oxygen during photosynthesis. In fact, NASA found that plants can remove up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds in the air every 24 hours. We also suggest adding a plant like an orchid, succulent, snake plant, aloe or bromeliad because they release oxygen at night, which will help promote better sleep.
Install LED lighting
Save energy and manufacturing waste! LED lighting uses less energy to operate and lasts longer than traditional bulbs — which means you’ll have a smaller electric bill and send less waste to landfills. So while they do cost a bit more initially, they will pay off in the end. Go for a soft or warm LED light for the bedroom, and consider getting a dimmer installed so you can set the mood. Avoid bulbs labeled as daylight or those with a blue undertone, as they can interfere with the brain’s manufacturing of natural melatonin and prevent you from falling asleep. There are also colored and color changing LED lights so that you can make relaxing totally personalized.
Use essential oils
Bedrooms can get notoriously stuffy, and many times, we reach for aerosols to make the air smell better and feel more fresh. But the problem with aerosols is that it’s a false sense of cleanliness — as they’re actually filled with chemicals. Try essential oils. You can simply drop some on your pillow before bed for deeper sleep, or opt for a diffuser that will intermittently disperse the scent with steam throughout the day. Essential oils can promote sleep, relieve migraines and reduce stress, making them the perfect relaxing and healthy addition to your bedroom routine. Opt for organic and local essential oils to support sustainable farming practices.
Choose your custom mattress wisely
You spend an average of eight hours a day on your mattress, which makes it one of the most used and important pieces of furniture you own. Your custom mattress should match your values by making use of organic and recycled materials, employing fair labor practices, and minimizing shipping costs by being made in the USA. But you don’t have to sacrifice comfort when going green on sleep—a great custom green mattress is first and foremost hand-crafted to your specifications for firmness and quality. It’s the perfect match of comfort and sustainability. Custom mattress materials like organic cotton and natural latex are rewriting the bespoke mattress market as people realize that rustic can mean the same thing as luxury.
Custom cotton sheets for comfort
After you’ve designed your own eco-friendly, organic custom mattress it’s time to dress it up with tailor-made bedding. Investing in something luxurious like sustainably-grown, organic Egyptian cotton sheets not only helps the planet, but helps you sleep better and your body breathe better during the warm months. Studies have also found that wool, a totally natural fiber, promotes a deeper, more restful sleep. Go further by ensuring that you wash your bedding with natural detergents that smell great and aren’t packed with chemicals. And if you’ve got a crazy bed with an Alaska king mattress or a round foam mattress? No worries – the same company that made your custom mattress can make perfectly-fitted, organic cotton sheets for anything. After all – they’ve already got the pattern from when they made your custom mattress cover.
These tips are easy enough for anyone to incorporate into their bedroom, whether you want to try all five or start with one or two tips. At the end of the day, our impact on the planet is through a series of choices, and this is just another great place to make some conscious choices that can make a difference in our health and planet.
Custom Mattress Factory: Custom Bespoke Mattresses in Natural Materials
These tips are easy enough for anyone to incorporate into their bedroom, whether you want to try all five or start with one or two. Keeping our footprint small and our impact big is inherent to everything we do; after all, what good is our advice if we don’t even take it. Because we are a small company dedicated to creating heirloom-quality custom mattresses for literally any kind of sleep spot, and selling directly to the customer, our mattress makers are skilled and dedicated to building a quality custom-made mattress every time – right down to the last details.
What does that mean for you? It means there’s no guilt behind your new custom mattress – it doesn’t carry the carbon footprint of being made mechanically, or being shipped to a distribution center, then a warehouse, then a retail floor, and finally, to the customer. This also allows us to source only the finest organic cotton for our mattress and custom bed linen construction.
At the end of the day, our impact on the planet is through a series of choices, and your bedroom is just another great place to make some conscious choices that can make a difference in our health and planet.
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