12/30/2008

The green bed

The green bed: how to have an eco-sensitive snooze
by Jess Chamberlain

YOU CAN GET an environmentally friendly. car and an environmentally friendly washing machine. But can you get an environmentally friendly night's sleep? The answer is yes. As we become more concerned with the state of the planet--and more aware of how personal and planetary health are linked the marketplace is responding with linens, mattresses, bed frames, and more that are beautiful, comfortable, and green.

Gustavian Vintage Bed (king) with White Glove Delivery ($525 surcharge)Bed frames

Look for reclaimed or sustainable materials, including bamboo or Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood.

Reclaimed Douglas fir Gustavian Vintage Bed (pictured) from Viva Terra.


Mattresses

Wool is a natural flame-retardant, so mattresses that contain it don't need to be treated with chemical retardants.


Pillows & Comforters
What's best: natural, untreated fibers like PureGrow wool or organic cotton.

Amenity Organic Willow Duvet - Cream+Sienna
Inspired by nature and committed to preserving it, Amenity's 320 thread count, organic cotton bedding collection is for the bedroom that looks and thinks modern.


SpunSilk Sheet Set - White (queen)Linens

Choose pesticide-and chemical-free fabrics.

SpunSilk Sheet Set As breathable and anti-bacterial as other silk, this silk is spun with a sophisticated matte finish and tactile cotton-like hand, a winning combination for health, beauty, and supreme body comfort.


3 free ways to make your bedroom healthier

1. Open windows to increase ventilation. Inside air can be more polluted than outside air, thanks to dry-cleaning solvents, aerosol sprays, cleaning products, and off gassing from furnishings, carpets, and paints.

2. Bring in houseplants. They're nature's little air purifiers. Move in a couple from your living room.

3. Go barefoot. Keep grime out by checking shoes at the door.

Buzzwords

A few eco terms defined:

KAPOK Fluffy, fibrous material harvested from the seedpod of a tropical tree; often used as nonsynthetic pillow fill.

NATURAL LATEX Thick foam made from the sap of the rubber tree; often used in mattresses and pillows. Don't confuse it with synthetic latex, which is derived from petroleum.

PUREGROW WOOL A trademarked brand of wool from California and Oregon ranchers who adhere to strict environmental and quality standards. Often incorporated into mattresses because it's naturally flame-retardant.

COPYRIGHT 2008 Sunset Publishing Corp.

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