8 Tips To Make Your Bedroom Eco Friendly
Take into consideration that we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping.
If that statement alone doesn't prove the importance of creating a peaceful, resting place, then i don't know what will.
Creating an environment that supports your health and happiness is a no brainer!
So to help you along, we have put together our top 8 solutions to make your bedroom the ultimate eco friendly nesting den...
1. Reconsider Your Bedding
4. Bamboo, Tencel, Cotton.
The process in which conventional cotton/polyester towels are made is chemical and pesticide intensive - not to mention environmentally damaging. Check out bamboo, tencel and organically certified cotton materials as sustainable alternatives to conventional polyester or silk bed linen. Organic materials are durable, gentle and allergy friendly. So what more do you need to know?
No matter what you purchase, attempt to consume in a sustainable manner. Invest in products that promote organic and natural materials and processes that are less harmful for the environment. Not only are throws and blankets good for winter, they are aesthetically pleasing as bedroom and living room decorations. Look for products that are made locally and that use 100% organic certified cotton.
Bamboo, Bamboo, Bamboozled?
We are crazy about bamboo! Why? Because bamboo as a raw material is durable, sustainable and strong!
But there is something that needs to be brought to your attention.
Yes - It is a very sustainable RAW material when compared to other fabrics on the market. But where it gets tricky is when we start talking about how that raw material is processed and what techniques are used.
The process that is needed to break down the bamboo fibres, is similar to that of the one used to make viscose. CHEMICALS. CHEMICALS and more CHEMICALS. Unfortunately, chemicals such as sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfide are pretty essential in the process of bamboo fibre production and unfortunately, also quite harmful for the environment and the employees who work in its production.
So - although the processing techniques of bamboo fibre have a long way to go, when choosing your fabrics - make sure you choose 'greener' companies; companies who support lyocell processes and use non toxic solvents to produce their bamboo fibres.
As a consumer you have the ability to influence the market through your consumer choices.
2. Get To Know Your Materials
We spend nearly 1/3 of our lives sleeping - for that reason alone it seems appropriate to invest your time and money in a quality product. For peace of mind and a better sleep, choose mattresses that are made from natural and eco friendly materials and processes. Materials such as organic cotton, linen, wool or natural latex. Brands such as Naturepedic, My Green Mattress and Tuft and Needle are a good place to start your research...
We know the benefits of sourcing sustainable bedding, linens and towels, so why not put the same concept of thinking into every aspect of the bedroom - including your pillows. Look for materials such as down, wool, natural latex and organic cottons as alternatives.
3. Purchase Indoor Plants
We could list more than 100 reasons why indoor plants are beneficial for your health. But instead we will simply tell you to go outside right now, open your wallet and purchase some.
Plants promote quality sleep environments as they improve air quality, have multiple proven benefits to psychological health, not to mention they look great too!
For more information on which plants to get, check out our great article on the top 10 plants for low light environments.
4. Get To Know Your Lights
Reasons to choose LED lighting? To name a few - Increased energy efficiency, operating at cooler temperatures (so it's safer), increased durability (they last much longer), contains no mercury or lead and emits no UV rays or infrared radiation.
The only question that remains - why the bloody hell not? Make the switch - today!
5. Create A Friendly Floor
It's safe to assume that you'll be barefoot in the bedroom. And if you're anything like us, a good rug between the toe is like nothing else. Soft, relaxing and calming.
Rugs can look great anywhere in the house. So consider purchasing products that use organic and natural fibres (we recommend 100% wool, jute or organic cotton), that are handmade or woven, that are not bleached or coloured (natural tones).
There are many companies who produce locally, and promote environmental care, they will often come with certain certifications. If the company you choose promotes fair labour practices, that's an added bonus!
Here's our top 6 eco friendly floor suppliers:
6. Look After Your Body
We are talking simple necessities - socks, underwear, lingerie, sleepwear....
You practically live in these...so it's worthwhile investing in materials that feel good, look good and are long lasting.
Companies that use organically certified materials or production processes that use less chemicals and produce less waste are a good place to start (It's a added bonus if they promote healthy bodies).
There are so many brands who follow this ethical standard. Here's a few we especially love:
7. Tips for 18+
We want to cover ALL areas of the bedroom, this includes...how can we say, all areas of the body too.
Synthetic materials and scents are easy to buy, but they aren't necessarily eco friendly.
There are many sprays and body products that contain nasty compounds that you don't want to be spreading around the house, let alone your body! So when you source products, look at the ingredients. What does it contain?
Look for organic or natural products as alternatives to the mainstream range available on the market. Sometimes these are slightly more expensive, but often are of a higher quality and for those with sensitive skin - your body will thank you later.
We recommend natural oils, because they have SO many different benefits - late night massages, skin repair, aromatherapy, or simply some well needed body therapy.
Our top picks include coconut, almond, apricot, sunflower and Jojoba. For aromas? Try blending your favourite carrier oil with a few drops of essential sandalwood, lavender, or ginger oil - once you make the swap, we guarantee you will never go back.
8. Consider Your Kids
When it comes to buying for your children, you want to invest in quality products where chemical processes are kept to a minimum.
Try choosing toys (and clothing) that are made locally or from organically certified materials such as 100% certified cotton (These are often great for kids with sensitive skin).
Alternatively, if your willing to get creative - DIY teddy bears and toys made from scrap/old materials or organic fabrics make for a great memory.
For a great DIY doll made out of socks, check out 8 o'clock Sun's video below:
A Final Word For Sleep
Creating an eco friendly bedroom is about providing a place of rest, that it both healthy for your body and healthy for environment.
We hope you enjoyed our top 8 solutions on how to create and promote an eco friendly bedroom. If you liked our post, please feel free to share! And if you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave us a comment below!