Natural Latex Mattresses

by Kristy Harvey •

VOCs, PBDEs and PVCs. Even if you aren’t quite sure what they are, chances are pretty good you’d rather not be sleeping with them. If you have a conventional mattress, made from polyurethane foam and non-organic fibers, you’re spending half your life in bed that emits a chemical cloud. In fact, thanks to a 1973 U.S. law requiring mattresses to …


Finding Inexpensive Non-Toxic Bedding

by Justin Thomas •

Non-Toxic Bedding

Update 2016: See my updated article on non-toxic bedding. We spend about one third of our lives in bed. It’s a time when our body regenerates itself. We release about 3 liters 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. …


Efficient Folding Beds

by Justin Thomas •

Folding beds have been around at least since the 1920s. The original Murphy Bed Company still exists and is selling beds today. Other companies making contemporary folding beds are: Modern Wall Beds, whose birch bed is pictured here (prices start at $1795). Bonbon in the U.K. makes elegant folding beds, but they are pricey. Others companies offering folding beds are: …


The 12 Drawer Bed

by Justin Thomas •

The designer of this bed wants you to turn the “wasted” space under your bed into a convenient, dust-proof storage with this organizing system. This 12-drawer bed features four drawers on each side, as well as four drawers at the foot of the bed that extend the full length of the bed’s frame. The frame comes in double, queen, and …


Seaweed Clothing and Bedding: SeaCell

by Justin Thomas •

Want a bit of the ocean in your clothing or in your bed? Seacell is a fabric made out of Lyocell (a 100% wood pulp fiber) and seaweed. The theory is that your skin will absorb nutrients from the seaweed, which is quite mineral- and vitamin-rich. From what I can gather, Seacell incorporates 5% seaweed content. The manufacturer, Zimmer AG, …


Bamboo Fiber Duvet & Sheets

by Justin Thomas •

After trying bamboo fibers shirts, I’m sure sleeping under this bamboo fiber duvet would be great. You can read about the efficiency of bamboo fiber here. Bamboo fiber sheet sets are available from Bed, Bath and Beyond.


Unbleached, Naturally Processed Sheets

by Justin Thomas •

Sheets like ones featured here are the healthiest sheets available. Natural dyes are used for coloring, and the sheets finished without chemical softeners or chlorine. They are made from 100% organic cotton. Since you come in contact with sheets every night, minimizing chemical residues in your sheets is quite beneficial. Available from: Real Goods ($25-$65)