Products made from natural materials are in higher demand today than ever before, and living healthier isn’t just about being more mindful of the foods we eat or cosmetics we buy.
As consumers who care as much about our environment as we do our long-term health, we’re becoming increasingly aware of the chemicals and processes used to manufacture our home furnishings as well.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the average person receives 72% of their chemical exposure at home, making indoor air the primary source of environmental pollutants for most of us. Especially in terms of a mattress that you’ll be in close contact with for about eight hours per day (every day) over the course of a decade, knowing the origins and implications of the materials inside your bed could make a significant difference to your health.
Synthetic Bedding Materials – Pros and Cons
While memory foam mattresses have become a popular bedding choice over the past several years, most consumers don’t realize that these foams are petroleum-based products that have long been the subject of debate among scientists questioning their long-term health consequences.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, polyurethane foams can emit volatile organic compounds that can be linked to respiratory and other health problems.
Does sleeping on a synthetic pad every night for the next decade sound like the healthiest place to be? Probably not.
Natural Bedding Materials – Pros and Cons
Before we can delve into the advantages of choosing a luxury mattress made of natural materials (as opposed to synthetic), it’s important to fully understand what the word “natural” really means. As Dictionary.com puts it, a defining characteristic of something being natural is “having undergone little or no processing and containing no chemical additives.”
In the context of bedding, we should assume that natural means not only using materials which originate from the earth but also not manipulating those materials in a way that changes their fundamental properties.
At Spink & Edgar, for example, we believe that being fully accountable for every single material that goes into our beds is the only way to establish a legitimate relationship of trust and accountability with our customers. That’s why we grow a large portion of the materials that go into our beds, including wool, flax (linen), and hemp, directly on our family farm in the Yorkshire region of England.
Key Points to Remember
In most cases, the indoor air quality in our homes is the primary source of pollution in our lives.
Memory foam mattresses are made of petroleum-based polyurethane that can emit volatile organic compounds.
In the context of bedding materials, natural should be defined as “having undergone little or no processing and containing no chemical additives.”
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