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Sustainable Sleep: How to Sleep as Green as Possible


Sustainable Sleep Essentials

If you are someone who likes to live as eco-friendly as possible, you probably pay careful attention to what you eat, drive, and many other aspects of your daily life. What about at night? When you set up your bedroom to be as green as possible, your commitment to sustainability doesn’t need to go to sleep when you do!

In fact, here at City Mattress, we have many different options for those who want to make sustainable sleep a priority in their life. Because all of our products are well-made and come from top name brands, you don’t need to sacrifice comfort in order to feel good about what’s in your bedroom!

Bamboo sheets and Pillowcases

Let’s begin by talking about bamboo sheets. Are bamboo sheets good? You better believe it! In fact, we have an entire section of our website dedicated to bamboo sheets! Let’s get one thing out of the way. Yes, they’re literally made from bamboo; it’s not a marketing play on words. Specifically, they are made from a species of bamboo which is more or less like timber. Bamboo sheets are made from premium bamboo that is stretched across the entire length of the sheet. The woody part of the bamboo is crushed mechanically before a natural enzyme retting and washing process, which is done to break down the walls and extract the fiber. This fiber is then spun into yarn. This yarn makes the bamboo sheets and bamboo pillowcases.

At this point, you may be wondering how bamboo sheets and bamboo pillowcases could be considered sustainable. Surely, chopping down trees to make bedding can’t be eco-friendly. Actually, bamboo is not a tree at all but grass. Think of harvesting bamboo to make bamboo sheets like mowing your front lawn. It will be back soon, as tall and thick as ever! Manufacturing bamboo sheets poses no substantial environmental threat. They tend to have a smaller environmental impact, and they produce a far smaller carbon footprint than other options.

If you’re looking for the best bamboo sheets, we recommend the PureCare Premium Bamboo Sheet Set, Malouf Bamboo Sheet Set, and DreamFit Degree 5 Bamboo Sheet Set. These are all fantastic options, so there’s no wrong choice! Bamboo sheets are incredibly soft to the touch. In fact, bamboo bedding is even softer than cotton! This is because it is more breathable. These sheets won’t trap excess heat under the covers with you. You’ll always stay cool and comfortable, night after night.

Organic Cotton 

Bamboo sheets aren't your only bedding option if you're looking to go green. Cotton is a fluffy fiber that grows on the cotton plant. This is not in and of itself bad for the environment. It’s been used for thousands of years in all types of fabric production, particularly bedsheets. For many, it’s viewed as the bedsheet gold standard. That’s why bamboo sheets vs. cotton sheets is brought up so often.

Cotton is not as environmentally friendly as bamboo. In fact, it is one of the dirtiest because some manufacturers use a lot of pesticides in growing the plant. It doesn’t have to be this way. Cotton isn’t always eco-friendly, but it can be if you’re a savvy shopper. On our website, you’ll see an entire section dedicated to organic cotton sheets made from top brands like Sleep & Beyond and American Blossom Linens. American Blossom Linen's classic organic cotton sheet sets are locally-made with a luxurious, percale-weave. Growing softer in feel with every wash, these natural bed linens, made from ethical West Texas American cotton. They offer the perfect balance of delicate comfort, durability, and sustainability. Because this cotton has never left the USA, its sustainable manufacturing lends pure, chemical-free softness while reducing the carbon footprint.

Latex mattresses

Your mattress can be eco-friendly too! Latex mattresses are quite sustainable because harvesting latex does not harm the rubber tree. Organic latex comes from rubber tree sap and is turned into foam through natural processing. We carry latex mattresses from Kluft, Nautica, Aireloom, and PranaSleep. In fact, PranaSleep takes it a step further than just making their mattresses with latex. For those who want to know for sure that they’re sleeping on sustainable goods, there is the PranaSleep Organics Collection. The PranaSleep Organics Super Hatha Supersoft Mattress, PranaSleep Organics Dharma Firm Mattress, PranaSleep Organics Bhakti Cush Firm Mattress, and PranaSleep Organics Hatha Gentle Firm Mattress mean there is an organic mattress for everyone! They are hand-crafted with the finest organic and natural materials, then designed to ensure long-lasting comfort and pressure-relieving support. These are made from organic wool and natural Talalay quilt, plus the PranaSleep 100% Natural Talalay Latex, and an organic cotton cover with stretch.

You can finally say goodbye to worrying about whether the bed you sleep in aligns with your sustainability commitment. When you shop City Mattress, we have everything you need to know for sure that it is!