Travel Home to an EcoSleep Mattress
I’ve just returned from a trip half way around the world. Next to seeing my family, the best feature of coming home is a good night on my EcoSleep mattress. Sleeping around the world is not easy! I know, y’all are taking out your violin and feeling sorry for me. But truthfully, when the average person spends close to 25 years of their life in bed, don’t you agree that time should be well spent enjoying the best possible experience?
Traveling disrupts sleep; jet lag is real. I’m usually beside myself with excitement on departure; the time change doesn’t bother me. By the end however, I can expect a 48-hour crash and my circadian rhythms are definitely out of whack. A good night’s sleep is calling my name.
The Importance of Good Sleep
Sleep tends to be well down on the list of wellness priorities, and experts have insisted that is mistake when it comes to wellness. As a tool for good health, it’s important to stay on top of your sleep schedule. Those 8 hours recharge us for the waking hours.
Aside from having a helpful nighttime routine, your bedroom environment should receive some top priority. The comfy spot where sleep takes place–your bed–should be the focus of a great deal of attention. A sustainable lifestyle should include a healthy mattress.
We’ve evolved to think about what we put in our body with a focus on healthy eating. The beauty industry has done a great job of sharing the importance of ingredients we put on our skin. When we look at the total picture, we also need to focus on the fabrics that touch our body during sleep. Our skin experiences plenty of contact with the different layers of the mattress. All the components, from the metal springs to adhesives, wood and the top layers of fabric, can emit chemicals and particles that we breath in during the night. I want to know that the layers of my mattress benefit both myself and the planet.
EcoSleep and a Good Mattress
Do you know you’re supposed to change your mattress every 7-10 years? Mine was clearly overdue, so I was thrilled when Brooklyn Bedding contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in the luxe ecosleep mattress hybrid. What I found was a sustainable sleep solution all rolled in to a green and ecofriendly lifestyle choice. Their product was good for body, soul and the environment.
When purchasing an eco-friendly mattress, we are supporting a company who in turn supports the environment with their ethical and sustainable purchases in the supply chain. This trickles all the way down to the farmers that grow the wool and cotton covering the outer layers of the sleep foundation.
Top Things for a Sustainable Sleep Solution Mattress
There are many elements that go into eco-friendly mattresses. Sustainable practices can take place at every level from the raw materials, to the manufacturing process to the shipping.
- Obviously the #1 concern is comfort, if it doesn’t feel good, you are not going to enjoy a good nights sleep
- Organic fabrics and Natural, non-toxic materials made without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and other ingredients that could harm both you and the environment.
- Recyclability How to recycle a mattress. Each year between 20 and 30,000 mattresses are discarded. If the original materials are not able to be recycled, that is a lot of waste going to landfills.
- Durability, which means the longer your mattress lasts, the longer it will be before you require a new one or dispose of your existing mattress.
- Breathability of the fabrics.
- Where is it manufactured, how far does it have to travel and how is it shipped.
Features of the Ecosleep Mattress
- Latex-Layers of 100% latex are extracted from the rubber tree and processed with biodegradable ingredients from renewable sources. The certification is recognized by the Rainforest Alliance and is designed to conserve ecosystems, protect biodiversity and waterways, conserve forests, reduce agrochemical use, and safeguard the well-being of workers and local communities.
- Joma™ Wool – has the unique ability to repel water liquid while absorbing water vapor—making it ideal for moisture-wicking in your mattress. Fire resistant and hypoallergenic, the organic material has many benefits. The special crimping process used on the fiber adds volume without increasing the weight. A luxe texture as well as longevity are two of the added benefits of this technique.
- Organic cotton is inherently soft, absorbent and breathable. It’s specially grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. The eco-friendly production systems used to create the EcoSleep Hybrid cover accomplish three things: first, they help replenish and maintain soil fertility; second, they reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers; and, third, they build biologically diverse agriculture.
The combination of these three materials in construction of the EcoSleep hybrid mattress —total latex, Joma™ wool and organic cotton—delivers a healthier, more breathable and more antimicrobial sleep experience, good news for the germaphobes (myself included) the last 18 months has created. The methods used for growing and gathering are not harmful to the environment.
Support on an EcoSleep Mattress
One of the things I was concerned about with a new mattress was the motion transfer. Both my partner and I move a lot when we sleep. The hybrid system of the EcoSleep mattress pairs 100 % latex layers with individually cased, recyclable coils so they respond independently to motion on the bed. They also provide targeted pressure point relief, adjusting to the contours of your individual body shape. The result is a greater airflow, less movement and a more comfortable night’s sleep.
The unique zippered cover allows for flipping the top latex layer to change the mattress feel between soft and firm depending on how you sleep and what you like. Apparently more support is better for back and stomach sleepers and more plush for side sleepers. Who knew!?
With a large percentage of today’s mattresses coming from China, it is reassuring to know that the The EcoSleep Hybrid by Brooklyn Bedding is handcrafted in the United States by companies that strive to achieve zero waste. Shipping is in a biodegradable cardboard box. Best of all, for those nervous about buying online and not test driving beforehand, the 120-night comfort trial gives you 4 months to make sure you made the right decision and are getting the best sleep.
Sheets and Toppers
To make your bed truly the most ecofriendly of nesting spots, bonus points for sleeping on linens that top off the luxe ecosleep mattress. My favorite type of sheets are linen for winter and bamboo for summer. The natural fibers seem to really help with regulating temperatures during the respective seasons. For the most divine and healthy nights sleep, this is the icing on the cake.
Never loose slumber about the quality of your ecosleep mattress again. Peace of mind comes with a sustainable sleep solution. Sweet dreams!
Disclosure: I was gifted an EcoSleep Mattress for review purposes.