What’s your favorite room in the house? Mine is the bedroom for all the obvious reasons, but it's also most important because we spend approximately a third of our lifetime in bed sleeping. That being said I am eager to make sure that my environment is prime for good quality sleep. After all it’s the master control of our entire body’s system for healing and repair. Bad sleep or lack there of causes the brain and body to break down and age more rapidly.
I love to create living spaces and interior design! Home is a place to feel safe and comfortable, recharge, love and feed your body and soul. I am an aesthete and interiors are extremely important to me. I have spent all last year re-decorating my apartment and I am still not finished. I am not only buying for functionality but for taste, aesthetics AND of course, as a health and environmentally conscious person, I do my best to keep my home as toxin-free as possible.
Indoor toxins can be really dangerous. 3.8 million deaths are attributed to household air pollution annually, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Indoor air pollutants include mold, building materials, home products, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and naturally occurring gases like radon.
According to the EPA, thousands of products release invisible gasses, known as volatile organic compounds (or VOCs), which can cause all sorts of conditions such as eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, loss of coordination, and nausea. They can damage the central nervous system, liver and kidney, and some are suspected or known to cause cancer.
For example, it's suspected that the polyurethane foam found in some mattresses is a source of VOC emissions. Made from ingredients derived from fossil fuels, polyurethane is highly combustible and therefore often treated with flame-retardants that have serious health and environmental impacts.
I don’t know about you, but it’s deeply unsettling to think I might be sleeping on a mattress made from such a material and god knows what else. For that reason I am very intrigued by a company called Avocado Green Mattresses, that seems to be popping up everywhere in my world. I have seen ads and features in numerous places.
First of all they are a CERTIFIED B CORP. Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
Avocado’s organic certified mattresses are handmade in Los Angeles, California. They use the finest latex, cotton and wool, responsibly and sustainably sourced. No polyester, polyurethane foams, or toxic fire retardants are used. Each mattress comes with a 25-year warranty!
What’s also amazing is that their products, which not only consist of mattresses but also of toppers, bases, bedding such as pillows, protectors, sheets to bedroom furniture, have all trusted organic, non-toxic, ethical and ecological certifications you can think of to ensure safety for people and planet through fostering healthy indoor environments and promoting sustainability.
To name a few, and you want to start paying attention to these certification labels when buying anything textile or home related:
GOTS, The Global Organic Textile Standard is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
MADE SAFE® is a nontoxic seal for products we use every day, from baby to personal care to household and beyond. They certify that products you use on your body and in your home are made with safe ingredients not known or suspected to harm human health.
Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX labels and certificates confirm that every component of the article, i.e. every thread, button and other accessories, has been tested for harmful substances and that the article therefore is harmless in human ecological terms. In other words, it's free from allergenic dyes, pesticides, chlorinated phenols, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and chloro-organic carriers, and are not harmful to the skin.
GOLS ORGANIC CERTIFIED: The Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) ensures that products contain more than 95% of certified organic raw material based on total weight. The GOLS standard features permissible limits for harmful substances, emissions test requirements, and polymer and filler percentages.
FSC CERTIFIED: The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)certification is considered the "gold standard" designation for wood harvested from forests that are responsibly managed, socially beneficial, environmentally conscious, and economically viable.
CLIMATE NEUTRAL CERTIFIED: Climate Neutral is an independent nonprofit organization working to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world by putting a price on carbon emissions. With Climate Neutral, the entirety of our carbon footprint is measured and verified, from raw material production and shipping to manufacturing and delivery.
If you ask me you can’t go wrong buying from them. I will get new sleeping pillows, a topper and sheets for now and eventually a new mattress from Avocado. See for yourself and check out their website, especially if you are super sensitive to pollution, have allergies and possibly hormonal imbalances. Our environments (living, work, social, natural) can make or break us.
If you are only looking for sheets and bedding for now, another company that uses earth-friendly fabrics and manufacturing methods to create more sustainable products, from first sketch to last stitch and beyond is Buffy. Their sheets are made of eucalyptus fabric, which supposedly is more breathable than cotton and softer than linen.
If you need more options for human and earth-friendly bedding and sheets to compare price points, check out this article 13 Places To Get Eco-Friendly Bedding,Sheets,Linens And Towels.
P.s. Ad Vitam is not affiliated with any of the recommended brands, nor is this a paid ad. I voluntarily chose to to blog about them on my quest for a sustainable lifestyle. 😉
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