We spend about one third of our lives in bed — it’s a time when our body regenerates itself. We release about 3 litres of water while we sleep, and our bodies go through cycles of cooling down and heating up. We also absorb substances through our skin and through our lungs. Thus, keeping one’s bed toxin-free is optimal.
My recommended material for mattress and pillows is — natural latex (from the rubber tree). Latex is a yielding but highly resilient material. Latex mattresses do not require flipping or turning, and last around 15 years. It’s also anti-microbial, hypo-allergenic, dust mite resistant and anti-fungal.
I recommend getting 100% natural latex (sometimes called Dunlop latex), and not Talalay latex, which has synthetic materials added. Natural latex is mostly harvested in South East Asia, where trees are tapped for latex by cutting a groove in the bark of the tree. It is a renewable process — each tree can produce latex for 20 years. Latex requires little energy to process and it’s 100% biodegradable.
For duvets (or comforters) I recommend 100% wool filling.
These are my recommended bedding products:
- Mattress: SavvyRest Organic Latex or Wool Mattress (or similar products from other vendors)
- Mattress Topper: Serenia Natural 100% Natural Latex Topper or Natural Latex Topper
- Pillow: 100% Natural Latex Pillow With Organic Cotton Cover
- Comforter: 100% Australian Wool Premium Extra Weight Cotton Jacquard Comforter
- Sheets: Magnolia Organic Cotton Sheets