The all-around benefits of going green aren’t just about saving the environment, but also about a safer, cleaner, and healthier alternative to the many options available in the marketplace. This is especially true as it relates to your mattress, a surface that you’ll spend up to one-third of your life on.
One of the greener alternatives as it relates to mattresses is natural latex foam. For a little bit of background on latex – this mattress material is tapped much like syrup is from the maple tree. In the case of botanical latex liquid, it is drawn from the Para rubber tree. This harvest is done sustainably, leaving the tree to continue growing and producing latex for up to 30 years. And the mattress is nothing short of a delight to sleep on.
Some of the wonderful benefits that all natural latex affords the sleeper are the botanical properties inherent in the Para rubber tree – that is, the end product is a mattress that is antimicrobial. This makes it so the individual needn’t worry about having a mattress that hosts dust mites, a common concern with traditional mattress types. Bed bugs are also extremely uncommon in latex, because there is nowhere for them to flourish and reproduce (the mattress core is solid, instead of open and empty spaces). Further, given that the green latex mattress is hypoallergenic, it is unlike many of the mattresses in the marketplace that are man-made and laced with petrochemicals that can cause allergic reactions and noxious off gassing. You’ll also find all-natural latex to be mold and mildew resistant.
How often have you heard of a mattress lasting longer than 10 years? That’s another advantage of going green in the bedroom – a green mattress can last 20+ years, and is very resilient, not experiencing the sagging or getting depressions in it over time that is common with innerspring mattresses that need to be replaces every 5-7 years.
One of the best things a person can notice with consistent sleep on a surface like natural latex is the pressure-relieving comfort that is given due to the pliable, elastic latex hugging the body’s curves, and giving it the opportunity to have its weight spread out evenly upon the mattress surface. And, it’s also a proven fact that it is much healthier on the spine for it to be in alignment while asleep. This is what makes latex a favorite among chiropractors and orthopedic specialists.
In the end, a mattress is about comfort and support – two things that a botanical latex mattress excels in. With the wonders of technology, the mattress core can be produced more densely to provide adequate support, and another process used to create a surface layer that is softer and pliable, giving the feeling as it were of almost sleeping on a cloud. Going green, saving money (in the long run), being healthier, and supporting the environment with a substance that biodegrades instead of takes up space in a landfill at the end of its useful life – what more could one ask for?
Amber Merton is a writer for PlushBeds, an online vendor of natural latex mattresses and other ecofriendly mattresses, such as their soy-based memory foam sleeper sofa mattress, http://www.plushbeds.com/sofabedmattress.html.