Every year, Earth Day brings out the green in people. Here in the Ft. Lauderdale area, treehuggers ran an Earth Day 5K, ate pizza for the Sierra Club, and convened at the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park to celebrate a billion acts of green. It seems that, as time marches on, the festivities keep getting bigger and bigger. But I have a message for all you die hard Earth lovers out there looking to extend your sustainability beyond the eco holiday season. Did you know that you can go green—in your sleep? That’s right. You can celebrate Earth Day every day when you purchase a natural latex mattress. Here’s how:
Eat, sleep, and breathe organically
Living organically is a lot more than watching what’s on your plate. In fact, if you’re picky about pesticides, your biggest culprit won’t be found in the fridge—it’s in your bedroom. Non-organic mattresses are soaked in the same chemicals found in common insecticides. You know, the ones with the skulls and crossbones on their labels? Just think—the average person spends 8 hours a day face-to-face with those carcinogenic culprits and there’s absolutely nothing organic about that! But organic mattresses are packed full of Earth-friendly and body-friendly organic ingredients—with no pesticides to be found. With a natural mattress in your bedroom, as long as you don’t let the contents of your refrigerator fall by the wayside, you can eat, sleep, and breathe organically.
Reduce your landfill guilt
Where do mattresses go to die? The ground. Once your old conventional mattress hits a landfill, it begins leaching all those yummy toxins into the Earth, polluting the water supply in the process. And forget biodegrading! If you bury your mattress today and dig it up in 100 years, you could probably still pop it out, throw a sheet on it, and take a nap—that is, if you don’t mind the smell. Natural latex mattresses have 3x the lifespan of their conventional competitors, meaning 3x fewer bed graveyards and 3x less water contamination from leached flame retardants. And when you are ready to get rid of your old mattress, look for a recycling center in your area like the Mustard Seed of Central Florida. They’ll make sure your former bed stays above ground where it belongs.
Vote with your dollar latex
When you purchase a natural latex mattress, you are sending a message to the entire industry that says, “Sustainable sleep is important to me.” And, as more and more buyers vote with their dollars, you can bet that fewer and fewer conventional mattresses will roll off the assembly line. Don’t believe me? Just look at the automotive industry, which has cranked up its hybrid and electric car production incrementally since the green movement’s resurgence. Money talks. What are you saying?
What’s your favorite way to celebrate Earth Day every day? I want to hear from you! In the meantime, I have trees to hug and natural latex mattresses to sell, which is my daily ode to Mother Nature.