If you are looking for a way to make your home more Eco-friendly, the bedroom is a great place to start.
A greener bedroom is not just important for the environment; it can also improve your health. After all, you spend most of your day there.
A more environmentally friendly bedroom can also enhance your sleep quality and even improve your sex life.
Greening up your bedroom is all about making changes to the products you use, starting with the mattress. Look around and see if there are other items you can replace with Eco-friendlier alternatives.
In addition to replacing your bedding, adding items like bedroom-friendly plants, an air purifier, and energy-saving lighting go a long way in making your sleeping space greener.
Here are our top 7 suggestions for making your bedroom Eco-friendly.
1. An Organic or Natural Mattress
If you don’t want any exposure to chemicals used in a synthetic foam and chemical fire retardants, an organic or natural mattress is the best choice.
These mattresses use 100% natural materials, including the cover.
Organic mattresses are mostly made from natural latex, Talalay, Dunlop, or a mixture of both. That’s because you can get completely natural memory foam or polyfoam.
The cover is usually made from organic cotton.
Some natural mattresses such as the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss and Avocado Green also include organic wool that provides breathability and soft cushioning.
Most organic mattresses are on the pricier side, with most costing over $1,200 for a Queen size. A natural luxury mattress can easily go for $2,000 or more.
On the upside, you get a chemical-free, hypoallergenic, and long-lasting mattress.
If you’d like something cheaper but still eco-friendly bedroom material, we recommend mattresses with plant-based foams.
They are not wholly natural. They combine some amount of petroleum-made foams with plant-based foams.
2. Organic Bedding
To completely transform your personal sleeping space, also replace your sheets and other bedding accessories.
Organic sheets are everywhere, and you can get a set at a reasonable price tag. Some of the best brands include Boll and Branch, Parachute, and Saatva Dreams.
Natural pillows are easy to find too. They are made from materials like down or feathers, organic latex, natural cotton fiber, and natural wool.
The pillow casing is usually made from organic cotton.
Duvets and blankets are other accessories you can replace with natural or eco-friendly alternatives.
When it comes to bedroom furniture, you can easily find pieces that look good while also being safe for you and the environment.
Start with the bed foundation. Look for platforms and foundations made from Eco-friendly materials like natural wood and recycled metal springs.
See if you can find greener alternatives to other pieces of furniture like the bedside cabinet, headboard, and closet.
Look for furniture with chemical-free finishes.
Furniture finished with varnish or containing polyurethane foam as cushion release a significant amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that degrade indoor air quality.
4. Green Up your Bedroom, Literally
Adding plants to your bedroom can increase air quality, improve your sleep quality, and increase your energy levels.
Some of the best plants for the bedroom include peace lily, English Ivy, and fiddle leaf fig.
As a bonus, indoor plants will add to your bedroom’s décor, making the space look and feel more relaxing.
5. Get an Air Purifier
Indoor air can get really dirty. In some cases, it can be more polluted than the air outside.
What makes indoor air pollution worse is that it’s not as visible as outdoor pollution. So we tend to ignore it as it builds up and affects our health.
An air purifier removes all the bad stuff from indoor air, including allergens, bacteria, viruses, mold spores, dust, and pet dander.
An air purifier with an activated carbon filter also removes unpleasant smells.
We recommend a HEPA air purifier. It’s the best at cleaning up indoor air.
Whether you have allergies or not, a bedside air purifier will greatly improve your sleep quality.
6. Look for Low-VOC Paints
Paints and coatings on walls are the major sources of VOCs, which can affect your sleep and health.
Look for low or no-VOC paints.
Choose paintings and coatings with the Green Seal mark. They have fewer chemicals and emissions.
7. Save Energy
Reducing the amount of energy you use contributes a big deal to environmental protection.
Here are some easy ways to save energy in the bedroom.
- Switch to LED lights. Bonus points if they are dimmable.
- Turn off central air. It’s inefficient if you only need to cool/warm the bedroom. Use fans or a portable air conditioner or heater.
- Open the windows to cool the room naturally.
- Make sure your bedroom is well insulated.
- Close the closet doors when the AC is on or when you are using a portable AC. This reduces how much energy you spend on cooling.
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