You've started making small changes in your life to live more green, so what is the next step? It's the big purchases, the first one that comes to mind is a mattress. We spend a decent portion of our life sleeping in bed. Making sure all aspects of your bedding is organic can seem like a daunting task. Even if it is daunting, it will be a big impact since you are exposed to your
bed so often. Perhaps it may even be the secret to getting your little one to sleep through the night. Just kidding, we had all organic bedding and my daughter didn't sleep through the night until she was 2 1/2.
1. Mattress - This is going to be one of the biggest green living purchases you will have to make. However, it is one of the best investments as you use your mattress nightly. Some of the top brands that carry organic mattresses are Naturepedic, Essentia, Lifekind, Dormio, Nook Sleep System, Dream Designs and My Green Mattress. I would also recommend checking your local stores as some smaller stores are starting to carry organic or more Eco-friendly options. Even IKEA has some more Eco-friendly options these days. So if you are on a tight budget, there are still plenty of options. If you simply cannot afford organic, make sure you have an organic mattress protector, mattress topper, wool blanket and organic sheets. You can create a decent buffer between the mattress and your exposure to it.
2. Pillow - When your little one is big enough for a pillow you can either make your own (organic fabric, wool for stuffing) or purchase one. Naturepedic, Lifekind, Dormio, My Green Mattress, Dream Designs and Nook Sleep Systems offer pillows.
3. Sheets - Sheets are the least expensive bed item when it comes to organic. Many big box stores now carry organic sheets, like my favourite, Target. If you would like to splurge and get some organic sheets with prints check out Naturepedic, Land of Nod, Dream Designs and Pottery Barn Kids.
4. Mattress Protector - If you've had to purchase a non-organic mattress, make sure you invest in a high quality organic mattress protector. This will create a buffer between the off gassing of the mattress and what you are exposed to. Naturepedic has some of the best protectors on the market.
5. Wool Blanket - Another great layer to put in between your mattress and you. It also helps with off-gassing and regulates body temperature at night. Other benefits of wool include: natural flame resistance, soil and stain resistant, naturally antibacterial, breathable, nontoxic, renewable, composts naturally, washable and durable. The best place to find wool blankets are thrift store, antique stores or online. Vintage wool blankets are typically 100% wool.
Rest assured that even if you cannot afford an organic mattress right away, there are things you can do (#2-5 above) that will still make a difference in healthy living and sleeping. Here is to a good nights rest.
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