When we think about creating a healthy, relaxed home environment, our thoughts go immediately to the bedroom. After all, it's the place we rest and recharge…where we close the door, snuggle into our beds and spend hours dreaming and breathing deeply. A good night's sleep is one of the best things we can give ourselves to stay healthy, body and mind.
In fact, we spend roughly a third of our lives in bed. Here are our favorite ways to ensure that those hours are spent well:
Choose Organic: Certified organic textiles are made from fibers grown without toxic chemicals and processed under strict guidelines to ensure the finished product is as pure as possible. Coyuchi has offered organic cotton bedding for more than 20 years, and we've added natural linen, organic wool and other pure healthy fibers to our product selection. These days, you can even find all-natural and organic mattresses on the market, including organic memory foam. One of our favorites is Naturepedic who makes their mattresses in the USA from 100% natural materials.
Go Au Naturel: To create our nature-inspired colors, we use safe, low-impact, GOTS-certified dyes. But for the very purest bedding possible, chemically sensitive people should look for undyed, unbleached textiles. In Coyuchi's offerings, that means anything in Natural or Ivory, including:
- Percale Sheeting (Natural)
- Percale Duvet Cover & Shams (Natural)
- Rippled Stripe Duvet Cover & Shams (Ivory)
- Cloud Brushed Flannel (Natural)
- Diamond Crochet Pillow (Natural)
- Striped Wool (Natural)
Get Down: Replace those polyfiber-stuffed duvets and pillows with all-natural down. All of our down duvets and pillow inserts are made in the U.S.A., with 100% organic cotton shells filled with pure down gathered on a small duck farm in Indiana. Before the inserts are filled, the down is treated with steam twice and gently washed with a fragrance-free, non-toxic soap to kill bacteria. A water-based, non-toxic treatment is used to reduce the static charge that is associated with natural filling. The result is clean, comfortable, natural and oh-so-cozy.
Cozy Up to Wool: Why layer your dye-free, certified organic sheets over a mattress pad made with petroleum products? Choose a wool mattress pad to cushion and insulate naturally. Wool breathes better than synthetic fibers, too, so even in summer, it's a more comfortable choice.
Lower Your VOC: Volatile organic compounds (or VOCs) are gases emitted by some paints and varnishes, plastics, cleaning solvents and other common household substances. Low-VOC and no-VOC furnishings, paints, carpets and more are increasingly available, so it pays to do a bit of research before outfitting your bedroom. Our oak beds and headboards are hand-built without adhesives from sustainable wood and finished with no-VOC treatments.
Go Green: Bedrooms can get stuffy, especially in the winter, when the windows are closed. Plants are natural air scrubbers, so we add them to every room. In addition to absorbing the carbon dioxide you breathe out at night, along with the afore-mentioned volatile organic compounds (VOCS), a plant will bring a bit of mood-lifting, stress-relieving nature indoors. We love the fact that one of the very first things we see each morning, even in January, is something lush, green and growing.