The benefits of organic mattresses, blankets, sheets and pillows
Bedding should be soft, supportive, warm and comfortable. It should help lull you to sleep and let you get the rest you need. It's also a central part of your bedroom's décor, making a stylish statement while serving an important purpose. All of these aspects combine to make for an important and difficult decision when it comes to bedding. But before you get into the details—the perfect mattress firmness, the right shade of blue for your color palette—consider what the bedding is made of and whether you're comfortable spending one-third of your life in close contact with it. If you're concerned with the fillers used by conventional bedding brands, organic bedding will be the right choice for you.
About Organic Mattresses and Accessories
Considering the main components are springs and fabric, you may be surprised at what goes into a conventional mattress. Volatile organic compounds, which are also found in paint, may be the worst features, though the toxic fire-retardant chemicals and particleboard laced with formaldehyde are not exactly welcome elements either. The eco-conscious and far healthier alternative is an organic mattress, which doesn't contain any synthetic materials or chemicals that can cause harm or irritation. In fact, organic mattresses resist microbes, are hypo-allergenic, can better regulate body temperature and are more durable than their synthetic counterparts.
Organic sheets and pillows complement an organic mattress perfectly, adhering to the same healthy principles and safety concerns. Generic department store sheets and expensive designer sets alike are often covered with a chemical finish to resist wrinkling, not to mention the pesticide residue that's left by non-organic cotton farming. However, the trend that began with organic clothing has crossed into the realm of organic bedding: organic pillows, sheets and duvets either use wool or organically-grown cotton, which are sustainable, eco-friendly and often fair-trade materials.
Choosing the Perfect Organic Bedding
One of the most important qualities of any bedding is the comfort it provides. The temperature of your house, your sleeping habits and your fabric preferences will help you determine your ideal bedding. Organic blankets and comforters come in varying thicknesses and materials; the most non-allergic fabric is probably organic cotton, and a wool filling will help you stay warm. As for organic baby bedding, you'll want to find a soft, washable and properly sized piece to keep your little one safe and comfy in the crib—dye-free organic cotton is the popular choice for crib sheets, while wool's natural fire resistance make it a good choice for crib mattresses and pad protectors.