Farm-to-Bedroom: Organic Mattresses

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Farm-to-table (or Farm-to-fork) refers to food safety and the stages of production in food harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, sales, and consumption. Farm-to-bedroom is the newest concept in organic and local offerings in the wool mattresses and organic mattresses business. Never before has this concept been adopted by a company looking to make an impact in the health and well being of its consumers. The company I work for, The Futon Shop in San Francisco, has made this their mission.


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What is Farm-to-bedroom?

Farm-to-bedroom refers to a movement concerned with producing home furnishing and mattresses from organic materials locally harvested, naturally processed, and chemical free. Farm-to-bedroom is also associated with organic farming initiatives and sustainable agriculture in which the very furniture, sofa beds and mattresses you use is manufactured using these natural resources.

For example, The Futon Shop's manufacturing plant is located in San Francisco and distributes to their 10 showrooms throughout the state. We are a vertically integrated retailer that manufacturers 33 organic and green mattresses from start to finish. (The company dates back to 1976 led by Suzanne Diamond and her team of specialists dedicated to producing eco-friendly furniture and bedding.) In this regard, we keep the manufacturing and distribution as local as possible, thereby reducing the company's carbon excess.

Today it is not only “you are what you eat,” but "you are where you sleep" or in other words "you are where you live." Farm-to-bedroom brings locally made, natural and healthy furniture into America’s homes. When 'greening the home', the bedroom is often overlooked, although more time is spent in bed then on any other piece of furniture.

Here are some examples of how farm-to bedroom works. Farmers in the southwest herd sheep, and shear the wool in the spring. Sheep are harvested for wool, not meat, and the wool is harvested year after year. This wool is purchased and then felted into bats and layered into organic wool mattresses. Organic cotton is harvested in cotton cooperatives and then brokered by companies like us who sell organic mattress collections.

The organic mattress concept offers consumers a basic alternative that is chemical-free, naturally healthy and offers comfort as well as long term health benefits. The vibratory nature of our existence and surroundings shapes who we are on a subconscious level. A more natural existence will not only contribute to a healthy lifestyle but a more pleasant mental state.

Farm-to-bedroom can cause a ripple effect that will translate to a healthier and more peaceful society while supporting the local eco-system. The home should not be a chemically produced separation from the natural habitat but rather an extension of the natural surroundings.

Anyway, there is no reason that you can’t live in style and feel good about your eco footprint, even while you sleep.

~Marilyn

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