5 Sustainable Swaps for a Greener Bedroom

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Make the next step in your eco-conscious journey with these sustainable tips for a greener bedroom.

Living a greener, more eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight, despite your good intentions. In fact, trying to make too many changes at once can lead you to give up before you get very far! Instead, if you are making the choice to move in a greener direction, we recommend you start with baby steps. When it comes to your home, start by “greening” one room at a time.

Today’s 5 tips will help you along in your transition towards a more eco-conscious lifestyle, by helping you choose more sustainably and ethically produced items for your bedroom.

These tips from MindBodyGreen.com will help you achieve the cozy, restful atmosphere you are looking for, while creating a greener bedroom. (Already did the bedroom? Check out these green tips for the kitchen…)

1. Organic mattresses & pillows

Finding an organic bed may sound like quite an expenditure, but…when you spend a third of your life on your bed, it’s important to know exactly what you’re sleeping on. Organic mattresses and pillows give you a comfortable, safe sleeping environment without all the added chemicals that are found in many conventional mattresses. If you are on a budget, try switching to an organic topper first.

2. Natural sheets

After taking the time to land on the right mattress, you can’t skimp out on the sheets. The good news is, these days there are more organic cotton and Tencel sheets options than ever before. Be sure to look for the Global Organic Textile Standard (or GOTS)-certified and Fair Trade on the tag. Conventional cotton uses pesticides, so choosing fair trade, organic products ensures the workers are treated fairly and the planet is kept in mind every step of the production process.

3. Curtains

Yes, you can find eco-friendly curtains to go with your sheets too. Organic cotton textiles can be used to make tons of softgoods for the home, so whenever you find one, go for it!

4. Flooring

If you happen to be in the market for new floors, it can be another opportunity to explore sustainable options. My favorite is cork, which is fairly inexpensive and so unique! Bamboo is another eco choice, and recycled floors like glass, metal, and rubber are even gaining popularity these days.

5. Eco-paint

Are you someone who can’t live without bold walls? Look for Zero-VOC on the label when choosing your next color. This seal means that they won’t release harmful chemical compounds into the air.

Get more tips for a greener bedroom at MindBodyGreen.com


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