Eco Friendly Bed
Sleeping is one of the greatest pleasures in life. After surviving a day of havoc and stress, going home and relaxing in a soft fluffy bed can be the highlight of anyone's day. But wouldn't slumbers be sweeter if more people can help preserve the natural resources even when they are asleep? Indeed, there's an easy way to partake in the constant action to help save the environment, through slumbering in an eco friendly bed.
Furniture stores today have a wide selection of bed designs, most of which are manufactured using four major materials – wood, synthetic wood, hard plastics and metals. From a quick glance, purchasing wooden beds may be the best way to be eco friendly. But, not all woods products contribute to the protection of nature, especially when their production involves the use of chemicals resulting to pollution and deprivation of human health.
There are lot of factors that need to be considered and checked for a certain piece of furniture such as a bed to be considered eco friendly bed:
The wood used must be acquired from plantation-grown forests where the sustainability of natural resources is ensured. There are a lot of government and non-government organizations nowadays that certify and verify that woods to be used in the production of furnitures like eco friendly bed models are from well managed forests where trees can be legally harvested. Certainly, asking manufacturers for the origin of wood used in making the beds that are ready for purchasing would not hurt.
Production of environmentally organic eco friendly bed models does not involve the use of harmful chemicals and toxins in the manufacturing process. Most beds available in the market, unfortunately, are made through the compression of wood and mixing of chemicals such as formaldehyde which produces toxic gas than can harm the environment and human health. Also, a wooden bed can be said to be organic when the wood is extracted from naturally-grown trees which are free from fertilizers and other contaminants. Above all, consumer should also check for petroleum contents of the woods used to make beds because this component can be a major pollutant when wooden beds start decomposing.
Mattresses should also be free from harmful chemicals. Eco friendly mattresses are produced from materials with similar properties as to those of polyurethane's. Other manufacturers use natural latex, while some involve the use of oils extracted from vegetables like castor beans, soy and other plant enzymes, as these perfectly mimic the properties of polyurethane while being friendly to the environment. For alternatives, some manufacturers use organic mattresses with a natural rubber foam core, with matching recycled coils which are effective in lessening carbon footprints. These should be wrapped with organic cotton or wool, which can also help in resisting dust-mites that result to skin allergies.
Choose beddings and pillows with fabrics made from natural fibers such as hemp that can provide natural mildew and mold resistance. For highly sensitive skin, mattresses and other beddings made from bamboo can be a good natural, anti-microbial option.
So who says going green is difficult when you choose eco friendly bed models? With these tips, anyone can have a sweet, environmental friendly slumber without even having to exhaust a lot of energy and effort.
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