A bedroom should be a haven for rest, and a place to retreat at the end of the day to unwind and sleep in peace. Unfortunately, so many bedroom products, even our mattresses are made through animal suffering. Can you slip into blissful slumber knowing that you are supporting the shocking secrets of the bedroom textile industry? Although it may seem very expensive to veganize your bedroom, you only need a few long-term investments to truly sleep in peace.
The Truth about Bedding
You are certainly eating vegan, and wearing vegan-friendly clothes. But are you also sleeping vegan? Probably not, because you are not aware how many pain and suffering goes into making a bed. The biggest challenge of creating a cruelty-free sleeping sanctuary is discovering what is actually hiding in your standard mattress. The answer is casein, wool, and silk.
Popular latex mattresses often contain casein, a protein that is 80% made of cow’s milk. Many companies who advertise their products as eco-friendly and natural still use animal products such as wool and silk. So, is there a way to find a vegan mattress?
Choosing a Vegan Mattress
If you want to sleep in a cruelty-free bed, all-natural bed, opt for a mattress that is made of natural cotton fibers. Buckwheat mattresses are particularly popular because they are 100% biodegradable. Beds that are made of natural latex are also free from any animal products. If this is your first time buying a latex mattress, Mattress Buying Guides can help you make a wise and an informed decision that you won’t regret.
Opt for natural beds that don’t contain formaldehyde and petroleum-based products. These chemicals pose serious health risks and may aggravate your allergies.
Choosing Vegan Bedding
Apart from getting a healthy and all natural mattress, you should also select vegan pillows and duvets. Unfortunately, in some factories in Europe and Asia (such as China and Poland), feathers are ripped from live birds. PETA estimates that around 45% of feathers and 50% of down is live-plucked before they are slaughtered for human consumption. Even though live plucking is illegal in the United States and most of the developed countries in Europe, there is no way you can identify if the feathers in your pillows and bed coverings came from live-plucked birds or not.
Instead of relying on bedding labels, opt for kindlier alternatives that are equally comfortable such as buckwheat, hemp, bamboo or cotton. If you don’t know where to start, try Kapok Pillows made of the ceiba tree. These pillows are very comfortable, non-toxic, hypoallergenic and resistant to mold. If you are looking for organic cotton and hemp bedding, check out eco-friendly companies such as Rawganique.
When you are shopping for mattresses and beddings, and the contents of the product aren’t clear, you must check with the manufacturer if they use any non-vegan materials. Approaching companies and demanding a vegan-friendly product is a great way to raise the awareness of the companies that they need to accelerate the shift towards a more compassionate future.