When well rested, our brains work better, we have more energy and we’re less likely to be ill. Not all of us however, appreciate the benefit that sleeping on the right materials can make.
Conventional bedding can be made of petroleum-based products like polyurethane. They are also often treated with chemical flame retardants linked to an array of health problems. Some common flame retardants have proven to be so dangerous, they’ve been banned in many countries.
Since we spend roughly a third of our lives in bed, it’s smart to make our bedrooms as free of these questionable materials as possible. Want healthier sleep? Seek out all natural materials for your bedroom and bedding.
A good mattress topper can extend the life of your current mattress. Many toppers contain memory foam and polyurethane, which will offgas VOCs and other unwanted chemicals in your bedroom.
If you need a mattress topper opt for toppers made of organic cotton and wool to make your mattress feel more plush and reduce over heating often caused by synthetic mattresses.
Many mattress toppers are made of petroleum-based materials and may also be treated with flame retardants. Read those labels! Look for organic cotton or wool pads instead. And watch out for “waterproofing” on any bedding product. This is often achieved with vinyl, an especially harmful compound better kept out of your bedroom.
Like most bedding, most conventional pillows are made from petroleum-based polyester or polyurethane and are often treated with flame retardants. Each night your face is right up against the pillow, so with every breath you’re inhaling whatever offgases from these materials. A great alternative is a wool or cotton pillow and better still a wool and cotton pillow just like ours.
- Wool: Helps wick away moisture and keep you cool while you sleep.
- Cotton: Organic cotton pillows have become much easier to find, and some have zippers that allow for customizability of the fill.
- Urban Wool Pillows Are a mix of both and are fully adjustable. For a healthier sleeping environment check the fabric of your coverings. “Permanent press” fabrics are typically treated with formaldehyde, which has been linked to serious health problems. Is it worth the risk?
There are several reasons to purchase organic bedding and it's far easier to source these days. Firstly, cotton crops account for up to 25% of all pesticide use worldwide. Secondly, only organic fabric guarantees that no harmful chemicals were used in the production of the fabric.
Always opt for pure cotton or pure wool bedding - not forgetting baby bedding too!