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Optimal Material For Mattresses: Natural Latex

by Justin Thomas •

I’ve come to the conclusion that natural latex is the optimal mattress-making material. I’ve tried all kinds of mattresses: goose down, wool, foam, cotton futons and box spring mattresses. But I have to say that my first few nights sleeping on a latex mattress were the most comfortable I ever experienced.

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Slightly More Efficient: Target Begins Selling Bamboo Sheets and Towels

by Justin Thomas •

Target has begun selling bamboo sheets and towels. They are reasonably priced at $40 for a sheet set, and $20 for two towels. Unfortunately, the bamboo content is not all that high — 60% for the sheets and 40% for the towels, and the rest of the fabric is conventional cotton (which requires large amounts of pesticides to grow). Organic …

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Kapok Pillows

by Justin Thomas •

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Kapok is a silky fiber harvested in the rainforests of the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, tropical America and Africa. After the ripe pods of the tree are harvested, the seeds are removed and the fluffy fiber is meticulously cleaned and dried.

New Sustainable Pillows

by Justin Thomas •

Pangaya has justed added a new line of sustainably produced pillows. Luckystone Living Design™ accent pillows are individually crafted by hand using organic and sustainable materials. The pillows are made from a durable sateen made of 91% organic wool and 9% organic ramie. The pillows are made individually when they are ordered. Available from: Pangaya ($120)

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Meta-Efficient: Buckwheat Pillows

by Justin Thomas •

The Chinese and Japanese discovered centuries ago that buckwheat hull pillows are light and fully adjustable. The Japanese in particular spent a great deal of time researching pillows, even trying porcelain pillows to achieve a healthy state of body called “Su-Kan-Soku-Netsu” or a balancing of cold and heat. Eventually they decided that pillows made of buckwheat hulls provide just the …

Large Throw Pillow: 100% Natural and Inexpensive

by Justin Thomas •

These large hemp pillows (18″ x 18″) are made by villagers in Thailand for Tribal Fiber under a FairTrade agreement. Hemp is a durable, mold resistant fabric that softens with use. The pillows are filled with natural kapok – a silky fiber grown Southern Asia. The color comes from dyes made with flowers, leaves, seeds, bark and earth. Available from: …