Happy New Year! Did you resolve to purge toxins from your home in 2016? If so, you will find our e-book, Detox Your Home in 4 Weeks, an easy guide. I hope it brings you improved indoor air quality, health, and peace of mind.
You’ve probably noticed that at Gimme the Good Stuff we talk a lot about the importance of sleeping on a non-toxic mattress. I’m also aware that all of the mattresses I recommend you purchase are at least a couple thousand dollars, and sometimes much more. Many of you have asked about getting a futon instead of a mattress, as futons tend to be less expensive.
I made this video to explain the difference between a natural, non-toxic mattress and a futon. I’ll also show you what these both look like, including a cross-section of the inside of some White Lotus models.
What You’ll Learn In This Video
When choosing a mattress or a futon you’ll want to avoid:
- Polyurethane foam (Opt for 100% pure latex instead.)
- Any mattress that’s treated with flame retardants (Wool acts as a natural flame barrier.)
The key difference between a natural futon and a natural mattress are:
- The futon won’t have handles on the side, so they are harder to move around.
- A futon will be slightly thinner than a mattress (usually around 5 inches think rather than 8 or 9 inches).
- Futons should cost around 15% less than a mattress.
What you may be surprised to learn is that both organic mattresses and organic futons are made from the same materials (typically wool, cotton, and latex), and you can put a mattress on a futon frame and a futon on a bed.
I had a blast making this video, and am grateful to White Lotus for letting us shoot it in their super cool DUMBO store. You’ll notice my mom babysitting Wolfie in the background! I don’t totally love watching myself on camera, but we will be rolling out some more videos in the coming month, so I will have to get used to it. Let us know what you think!