Sustainability means not jeopardizing future societies to care for the needs of the current society. Protecting our environment is crucial for the health of its inhabitants – all living beings. Human health is compromised in a contaminated environment. Sustainability is comprised of three components: environment, society, and the economy. We should seek and do what is best for the environment, society, and economy, because they all ultimately influence each other.
Inner-spring mattresses off-gas harmful chemicals such as petrochemicals due to fire-retardant safety laws. Latex mattresses are all natural and do not contain dangerous petrochemicals. Latex mattresses typically include fire-retardant wool. Latex mattresses are great for even the most sensitive people – children, elderly, and hospital patients. Inner-spring mattresses are made through non-sustainable manufacturing processes, while latex mattresses are made via natural methods (Dunlop or Talalay, see reference link ). Depending upon the level of firmness desired, the Dunlop and Talalay methods can be combined into one latex mattress. It is believed that latex mattresses can be composted, as they are made of latex foam, and thus will naturally biodegrade over time. This makes the latex mattresses better for health and our environment.
Some people shy away from purchasing latex mattresses because of the price. However, regular mattresses begin to sag and bunch over time, and therefore need to be replaced every 7-10 years. On the other hand, most latex mattresses come with a 20-year warranty with some lasting up to 30 years. Therefore, one latex mattress will last you 3-4 times longer than your inner-spring mattress. Thus, the latex mattresses will save you money in the long-run, which makes them an economically intelligent choice.
Strongly consider the fact that the cost of goods increases over every 5-10 years. How much did you pay for milk, bread, breakfast cereal, or even a gallon of gasoline 10 years ago? How about 20 years ago? With ever increasing costs, think about how much money you will save by only purchasing a mattress every 20-30 years, as opposed to every 7-10 years. Then, consider the hassle of removing and disposing of the old mattresses – which will go to a land-fill if it is an inner-spring mattress. It is much more convenient to have a comfortable, sag-free latex mattress that will last 20-30 years, and will naturally biodegrade over time, and therefore is very environmentally safe.
The amazing comfort, chemical-free, eco-friendliness, and long-lasting qualities of latex mattresses will provide you with peace of mind and restful nights of sleep, all of which offset the price of these mattresses. Thus, considering that we spend 30% of our days/lives asleep, means that you are making a wise choice for good health. We should place as much emphasis on having a healthy, chemical-free bedroom for ourselves and our loved ones as we place on car safety, healthy eating, exercise, and mindful stress reduction. Just because our mattresses stay hidden beneath decorative linens does not mean that we should sacrifice comfort or mattress longevity for cost! Keep in mind that numerous research studies have shown that sleep is crucial for maintaining body weight and consolidating memories, and lack of good quality sleep can lead to obesity, concentration problems, and other health conditions.
Latex mattresses are earth-friendly, sustainable, very comfortable, and therefore good for society, the environment, and the economy.