We spend a third of our lives in bed and getting a good night’s sleep is vital for our health (as well as stops us from being grumpy in the morning). With this in mind, investing in an eco bed should be on the wish list of anybody wishing to live a greener lifestyle in their eco house. There are many ways in which eco beds are more environmentally friendly than conventional beds, including where they’re made and what they’re made from.
Eco beds are made from sustainable wood
Whilst eco furniture is growing in popularity all the time, eco beds are still more of a niche product built in small numbers in independent workshops. This offers two benefits: every eco bed is unique and the materials are locally sourced, minimising the eco bed’s carbon footprint.
The frames of eco beds are made from FSC certified wood, such as Ash, Oak, Pine, hardwood or Walnut. FSC stands for Forestry Stewardship Council and any eco furniture labelled with their green tree logo guarantees that the wood has been cut from a sustainably managed forest. In sustainably managed forests the cutting down of trees is carefully controlled to minimise the environmental impact and the trees are cut in a way so they can grow back.
Along with being made from sustainable wood, eco beds are treated with eco varnishes and paints which are low or VOC free (volatile chemicals). Eco varnishes are water based, biodegradable and don’t release harmful toxins, unlike varnishes which are solvent based. This makes eco beds ideal for anybody who suffers from breathing problems, such as asthma.
Eco beds use eco mattresses
It’s not just an eco bed’s frame that’s made from environmentally friendly materials. An eco bed’s mattress, pillows and bedding can also be made from green eco materials.
Eco mattresses offer a high level of comfort and support whilst also being kinder to the planet. There are a range of materials eco mattresses can be made from, including organic wool, eco foam, natural latex or a combination of eco materials.
Conventional foam mattresses can be very polluting to manufacture due to the use of petrochemicals. Eco foam, on the other hand, can be made using natural castor bean oil which is plant based and far more environmentally friendly.
Natural latex is another plant based material that can be used to make eco mattresses and eco cushions. The solidity of natural latex means it’s excellent for people who suffer from back pain, and its natural anti-bacterial, mildew and mould resistance makes it ideal for anybody who suffers from allergies.
With sleep so important to our health, an eco bed can offer you a better quality of sleep knowing it’s made from sustainable, environmentally friendly materials. Many workshops that make eco furniture will also be happy to recycle your old bed. So when you decide to upgrade to an eco bed in your eco home, you won’t be adding to landfill sites.