A good night’s sleep is not just a nice-to-have: it should be regarded as a necessity. The health benefits are numerous; sleeping well can improve memory, boost the immune system, lengthen attention span and strengthen the ability to be physically active – not to mention put you in a better mood. Of all the furnishings in your home, your bed is where you spend the most amount of continuous time, and the bedroom environment, bed and bedding can have a huge impact on your health.
Mattresses and pillows made from materials such as foam have to be treated with flame retardants, which, as the foam breaks down, give off chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin. So it’s good to know that all the products at European Bedding, a company that supplies mattresses, pillows and bed bases, are made from natural materials.
“We sell only 100 percent latex mattresses,” says the company’s general manager Sylvestian Yap. “We don’t use PU foam, which can be full of chemicals.” He also explains the importance of not using metal parts in the company’s products. “An early 1990s Swedish study into electromagnetic radiation reported a potential link between sleeping on a spring coil mattress and a rise in cancers.”
European Bedding’s mattresses and pillows come in both natural and organic latex. Not only is natural latex anti-mould, anti-dust mite, and anti-allergenic, but it’s also eco-friendly.
“Natural latex comes from the rubber tree, which has to grow for six years before the sap is ready for tapping, and the trees can then live for around 100 years,” explains Sylvestian. “In order to make a queen-size mattress, you need 12 acres of rubber plantation and eight rubber tappers employed to tap the trees for one whole day. There’s no need to cut the trees down, and 12 acres of plantation can absorb up to 140 tonnes of carbon dioxide.”
European Bedding’s mattresses come with one or two cores, the first of which is 18cm of pure latex (or p to 22cm with its cover), and the other is 20cm of organic latex (up to 24cm). “There’s often a perception that a mattress has to be thick to be comfortable, but thickness in many mattresses can just mean layers and layers of PU foam, chemicals, metal spring coils, and lots of gaps and space, so the chances of sagging are higher.” With his mattresses, Sylvestian promises a comfortable, cool sleep on a mattress that naturally conforms to your body shape.
The latex pillows are crafted in different sizes and densities for men and women, taking into account that women tend to be narrower than men.
Your bedroom environment should be:
• Able to withstand moisture and to dry out without attracting dust or mould
• Electrically non-conductive
Under the covers
When it comes to bedding there’s a wide range of natural materials to choose from; think silks, pure cottons, down and feathers. Ploh’s products are all made from natural resources, as its client servicing representative Chrystal Ou explains. “We use natural fills and 100 percent cotton fabrics to make our pillows, duvets and featherbeds. Bedding items are filled with white goose down and feathers, and encased in 100 percent cotton ticking.”
But with all this choice, how can shoppers decide on the option that’s best for them? Here, Chrystal breaks down how some of the materials they use differ, and the benefits of each.
• Down: “This is the light, fluffy coating found beneath the feathers of waterfowl, which protect them from the elements. As nature’s most efficient insulator, down is warm yet light, allowing unrestricted movement. Unlike synthetics, natural fillers absorb moisture while you sleep, and the layers of air pockets help air circulate, lifting away perspiration for all-night comfort. Also, a down duvet provides warmth and comfort over a wider range of temperatures than a synthetic one does.”
• Feathers: “The rigid exterior plumage of waterfowl is used to provide support in our bedding items. We use whole, small feathers, thereby helping to avoid dust build-up from broken feathers, which you’ll often find in low-quality bedding. We use a special construction and combination of down and feathers in our Classic pillows.”
• Ticking: “This is the fabric covering for bedding items. Ploh bedding uses soft, absorbent, breathable, 100 percent cotton down-proof ticking, which has an inherently tighter weave to prevent clusters and to stop feathers from leaking out. Cotton is also a breathable material, which helps to keep bedding in good condition.”
Ploh’s Limited Edition pillows and duvets are filled with rare eiderdown and encased in fine German silk. Choosing 100 percent natural material products for your bedding may not be the cheapest option, but, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. “Ploh has always offered just a limited selection of items because we want to focus on doing only a few things very, very well,” says Chrystal. “What we offer won’t suit everyone, but our objective is always to deliver quality and an inviting experience. Ploh is essentially about understated luxury.
European Bedding: 6735 6658
Ploh: 6832 5602