BEDROOM

Because we spend an average of 26 years of our lives asleep (and 7 years trying to get to sleep), it is important to make healthy choices in terms of what we have in our bedrooms.

Our indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outside, so choosing the right paint, carpeting, and air purifier is very important. VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) are solvents that get released into the air (“off-gassing”) as paint dries (the “new paint smell…”). Your freshly painted bedroom can remain “toxic” for several months.  Carpets, furniture, mattresses, and air freshener sprays all contribute to unhealthy indoor air.

Aware of the interest in preserving the environment while keeping our families healthy, many companies today are addressing these concerns and creating products that are organic, non-toxic, and having net-zero carbon emissions.

Mattresses, bed linens, pillows, and lighting are only a few of the items we surround ourselves with each night. Knowing that your bedroom choices are healthy, made from sustainable sources, and that ultimately they can be reused and recycled / composted will help you sleep better at night.

Moon Lamp

IMAGE COURTESY OF: AMAZON

The Moon Lamp Night Light is a beautiful and realistic replica of the Moon itself. It provides a soft light for a bedside and can be a carry-along night light to light the way down the hall.

The design is based on a 2-dimensional topographic map of the Moon. A model is built with a 3D modeling program based on the map, then the shell is printed using a 3D printer. Finally, it is assembled with an LED light.

The Moon Light uses no traditional electricity and can be charged on a USB port. Once charged, it doesn’t need to be plugged in. It uses touch control to change the brightness and colors.

DID YOU KNOW

King tides, the highest predicted high tide of the year, occur when the orbits and alignment of the Earth, moon, and sun combine to produce the greatest tidal effect. As sea levels rise, the tides are increasing. King tides provide a glimpse of future everyday water levels, and they are a way to communicate local sea level rise impacts over long time periods.

ECOS ATMOSPHERE PURIFYING PAINT

ECOS Atmosphere Purifying Paint is a protective finish that dries to a hard, durable film. Ideal for exterior walls, furniture, and trim, and all interior rooms including kitchens and bathrooms. Atmosphere Purifying Paint adsorbs and neutralizes chemicals and pollutants, solvents and VOCs, for improved indoor air quality.

Other eco-friendly paints to consider include Clare, The Real Milk Paint Co., Bioshield Healthy Living Paints, and Benjamin Moore Natura® Paint. All promise to be zero VOCs and safe.

DID YOU KNOW

A typical bucket of paint contains VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) such as benzene, methylene chloride and others, that can negatively affect your health. Although most of the VOCs evaporate from the paint as the wall dries, not all of them do. Paint can release VOCs into the air for years following the initial painting, putting your family at risk.

SOL ORGANIC SHEETS

IMAGE COURTESY OF: SOL ORGANIC SHEETS

SOL Organics is a direct-to-consumer retailer of fair-trade, ethically produced organic bedding. Founded in 2010, the company name stands for “Sustained Organic Living,” which is the guiding concept behind everything they do.

They only use the finest 100% organic long-staple cotton, grown from non-GMO cottonseeds. The company is committed to better farming practices that reduce their carbon footprint, preserve and protect drinking water, and remain free from harmful chemicals.

For their line of Sateen sheets, they offer a variety of subtle colors. Sateen is woven to create a silky-smooth surface with a luminous sheen, and is known for its luster & drape. They are tightly woven to have a soft, inviting touch. Their organic cotton Sateen sheets are made with a one-under-three-over-yarn weave which makes in slightly more tightly woven and a little heavier than Percale.

In addition to organic sheets, they offer other bedding staples including duvets and comforters, plus a selection of plush organic bath towels.  Their Organic Crib Mattress is nontoxic, eco-friendly and safe for babies.

DID YOU KNOW

Conventional cotton production involves the application of substantial fertilizers and pesticides. Pesticides threaten the quality of soil and water, as well as the health of biodiversity in and downstream from the fields. Organic cotton is grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals, and its production enhances biodiversity.

AVOCADO GREEN MATTRESS

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Avocado Green Mattresses are designed in Hoboken and handmade in sunny California, in the company’s own factory, with only the finest organic certified, natural and non-toxic materials.

Avocado is the world’s first mattress brand to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across 100% of its operations. With Climate Neutral, their full carbon footprint is measured and verified, from raw material production and shipping to manufacturing and delivery. They reduce when possible, and purchase offsets for the rest.

Avocado uses no polyurethane, polyester, or toxic fire retardants in their mattresses. Most brands use foams and memory foams made from polyurethane, which is a petroleum-based product and a type of plastic. Polyurethane foams can contain Isocyanates and emit Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs — harmful chemicals that can cause respiratory irritation and other health problems.

The company is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which defines the recognized requirements worldwide that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling, in order to provide a credible assurance to end consumers. Recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), GOTS is the gold standard for verified organic and eco-conscious products.

DID YOU KNOW

Every day, U.S. residents, businesses, and universities discard more than 50,000 mattresses. If they were stacked up, the pile would be almost 1.5 times the height of Mount Everest! Less than 5% of these mattresses are recycled, even though 90% of their components can be used to make steel products, carpet padding, animal bedding, and mulch.