Green Living Made Easy is proud to present the March 3, 2009 edition of The Green Living Blog Carnival. Are you interesting in green living? Visit these bloggers to learn more about "greening your lifestyle."
The average person spends about a third of his/her life in bed. When you think about it, that’s a lot of time. So, when I decided recently that it was time to replace my mattress, it only made sense to buy an organic cotton mattress, and one that was eco friendly in a variety of other ways as well.
In my mind, there are many compelling reasons to consider the purchase of an eco friendly mattress. I’ve talked about the hazards of traditional cotton production in my organic cotton clothing post recently. If I don’t want to wear cotton that’s been doused in pesticides, I certainly don’t want to sleep on it. It’s also important that I’m conscious of the environment as I make my buying decisions.
Which leads me to my search for the perfect new bed. When I really started to think about it, I wasn’t sure, but I had a sneaking suspicion that the manufacturing process used to make traditional mattresses probably wasn’t the most eco friendly in the world. It also bothered me that almost all the mattresses that I was looking at were completely covered in plastic that would have to be dumped in a landfill. And, I was concerned about all of the material inside of my mattress – I really had no idea what I’d been sleeping on.
After lots of searching, I found the eco friendly mattress by Keetsa. I didn’t know what exactly what I was looking for; I just knew that I wanted an organic cotton mattress. My main concern at the time was the exterior of the mattress.
What I learned is that there are some companies that are going much further than just the mattress cover in their efforts to create an eco friendly mattress.
Keetsa for example, uses wool as a fire barrier, as opposed to material that’s been treated with chemicals. They also use something called “biofoam” in their memory foam mattresses. You know that memory foam that’s gotten to popular lately? Well, basically all memory foam on the market is made with 100% petroleum oil. That sort of bothered me. Keetsa however, uses castor bean oil. They aren’t able to completely replace the petroleum oil, but it makes me feel good that they are doing something.
I really liked what I was learning, and when I realized that they compressed their mattresses into recyclable boxes for shipping, I was sold.
The company also offers something like a 20-year warranty on all of their organic cotton mattresses, which I like. I’m a strong believer that anything made well is inherently more eco friendly than things that are not – simply because they have a longer life cycle before they end up in a landfill.
Keetsa isn’t the only company that is working to manufacture eco friendly mattresses, they just happen to be the company I chose. When it’s time for you to purchase a new bed, I encourage you to check out the organic cotton mattress and eco friendly options offered by – as well as other manufacturers to see what’s best for you.
Do you already own an eco friendly mattress? I’d love to hear what you own and how you feel about it!
Amazon has great prices and a wide selection of Keetsa mattresses.
You can check them out here; Eco Friendly Memory Foam with Spring Mattress the Keetsa Plus Queen 9inches Height Organic Cotton Castor Bean Oil Based Bio Foam
There are lots of great bloggers that are devoting their time to educate others by providing lots of great green living tips. Visit these blogs for lots of great green ideas!
Derek Pryde presents Energy Saving Solutions That Will Not Change Your Lifestyle | GREEN LIVING ADVICE posted at Green Living Advice, saying, “The rise and drop in temperatures in the coming years, place intense pressures on consumers around the world as this means only one thing, more energy and fuel are needed to control the environment and make homes more comfortable.”
Derek Pryde presents Pros and Cons of Residential Solar Energy System | GREEN LIVING ADVICE posted at Green Living Advice, saying, “Harnessing the power of the sun”
Derek Pryde presents Saving Energy posted at Green Living Advice, saying, “As the cost of living continues to rise, energy reports and broadcasts are crammed with energy saving tips and suggestions. Some energy saving tips require initial investments, some just solicit a change of lifestyle.”
Derek Pryde presents Saving Energy without Breaking a Bank | GREEN LIVING ADVICE posted at Green Living Advice, saying, “Energy is not just the monthly bill you have to pay each month; it is the foundation of everything you do and the life to everything you have”
Derek Pryde presents Saving Energy with Proper House Insulation | GREEN LIVING ADVICE posted at Green Living Advice, saying, “Why is efficient home insulation good for saving energy?Almost half of your electric bill goes to regulating the temperature of your home. Thus if you want to save on your electric bills, the best place to start is your home”
Derek Pryde presents The Cost of Solar Energy Systems | GREEN LIVING ADVICE posted at Green Living Advice, saying, “Solar energy is free but the tools that will enable you to harness this free energy are not.If you are planning to install a solar energy system right at your home and would like to know how much it would cost, there are 3 things you need to consider:”
Derek Pryde presents What Are Green Energy Sources | GREEN LIVING ADVICE posted at Green Living Advice, saying, “Many homeowners today are looking into integrating green energy sources for developing more energy efficient homes and businesses. A green energy source is power generated through renewable resources, such as the sun, wind and water. The other benefit of green energy sources is their low contribution to global warming, pollution and other environmental issues.”
Chris presents The Great Sunflower Project – free seeds! posted at Smith Family Garden, saying, “Free Sunflower seeds for your garden! The Great Sunflower Project wants to determine areas where bee numbers are critically low. You can help and get free seeds in the process.”
Ernesto Maitim presents Solar Panel Shingles – Great Source of Alternative Power posted at Solar Panel Watt.
Insurance Toolbox presents Tax Benefits for Going Green in the 2009 Stimulus Package | Fine-Tuned Finances posted at Fine-Tuned Finances.
Sigrid Landau presents How to Build Homemade Solar Panels – Simple Tips to Get Started posted at A1 How To, saying, “There are many reasons that a person may be interested in learning how to build homemade solar panels. Tapping the sun for power is becoming more popular and used by a growing number of people.”
Matthew Paulson presents Tax Benefits for Going Green in the 2009 Stimulus Package | Fine-Tuned Finances posted at Fine-Tuned Finances.
Cathy Herard presents Soap Nuts! posted at Let’s Be Green Together, saying, “Soap nuts are truly the most amazing, natural way to do your laundry! They are wallet and environmentally friendly at the same time!”
Steward presents My Bike Commuting Journey posted at Bike Commuting For Beginners, saying, “There are a lot of different reasons to begin bike commuting – and only one of which is reducing your impact on the environment.”
John Coke presents How To Conserve Electricity For Beginners posted at Conserving Electricity In The House, saying, “I would like to contribute this article covering how each of us can establish a roam map for conserving electricity in the home. Awareness and mindset help us to drive actions.”