Providing ways for our customers to live a comfortable and natural life is at the heart of T.Y. Fine Furniture’s mission. So when we learned about a luxurious couch constructed with the finest in natural fibers, we knew it was right for us. And hopefully, for you, too.
The Verona Sofa offers elegant and organic seating complete with cushions constructed of natural latex wrapped in luxurious organic wool batting. The finest in certified organic materials such as cotton duck, sturdy hemp and a soft hemp-cotton blend comprise the cushions, so you know every moment spent on this unique creation will be soft and luxurious. While this natural sofa is formal enough for a living room, its simple elegance makes it ideal for any décor. Not only that, seat cushions can be customized to the owner’s preference and, as such, are available as either firmer or softer.
The Verona Sofa features other characteristics that make it stand out among its lesser peers. For example, materials involved in creating the Verona include:
- Certified sustainable solid hardwood (maple)
- GOTS-certified organic upholstery (in hemp, cotton duck or a hemp-cotton blend)
- Cradle-to-Cradle certified Natural Talalay latex foam
- Natural jute webbing
- Natural coir (coconut fiber with natural latex)
- Zero-VOC natural linseed oil
- Low-VOC water-based stain with linseed coating
Moreover, the authentic Verona Sofa uses no flame retardants, formaldehyde glue, cardboard, metal coils, particle board, plywood or veneer. All natural means just that, so no fake fillers are used in these beauties.
Every Verona Sofa also enjoys unparalleled attention to construction details such as Mortise-and-Tenon joinery and removable seat and back cushions. Each Verona Sofa is built by hand by Savvy Rest, a highly regarded manufacturer of organic mattresses based in central Virginia.
Not only is this amazing sofa constructed from the finest in natural fibers and materials, it is available in several colors, too. Selections include Lavender, Navy, Brown, Black, White, Honey and Sweet Potato. Yes, Sweet Potato!
We look forward to welcoming you to the shop and showing you the amazing luxuries this wonderful organic sofa offers.
Ever think how contradictory it might be to use electric air purifiers to go “pure and natural” at home?
Many people who choose natural mattresses want the bedroom to be an oasis from pollutants of all sorts. Outstanding plan! However, especially in newer houses, dangerous off-gassing chemicals come from many sources.
Plywood and laminates, fabric treatments, synthetic carpets and foams, flame retardants, glues, cleaners and paints are just a few sources of toxic vapors you don’t want to be breathing. Indoor air quality is often worse than air quality outdoors, even in polluted cities.
In the late 80’s, NASA was tackling the problem of how to keep the air in space stations pure. They found that certain houseplants can clean the air as effectively as air-purifying machines. They’re quieter, too, last time we checked. Though ultimately the astro-plants stayed home, the list of plants NASA produced is a great resource for selecting green buddies for your bedroom—or all around the house.
Super-heroes in Pots
There are many other plant options, too, so if you’re fond of favorites such as spider plants, peace lilies, chrysanthemums or aloe (all excellent air cleaners), just mix up your choices to cover a spectrum of nasty gases. Formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene, for example—these odorless gases are carcinogenic and also contribute to respiratory problems.
It takes at least one air-filtering plant per 100 square feet of space to do its job efficiently. While busy looking beautiful, increasing your connection to nature and uplifting your mood, these silent allies are seriously supporting your health.
One is good but more is better, because different plants are effective at eliminating different chemicals. (And small groupings look great.)
Picking and Placement
Some popular plants are toxic to children and pets, so be sure to read up on your choices before heading to your local garden center. Or consider some alternative placements. Golden pothos trails beautifully, for example, so you might display it in a planter hung from the ceiling in a corner. It’s happy in low light. Just trim it regularly to keep it out of reach.
The purest air possible will ease your breathing and your sleep. And pollution-fighting plants are perfect companions for your dreams.
Written by Laura, February 6, 2015 www.savvyrest.com
To convey the benefits of some eco-friendly solutions can require bales of education. Most people care about the planet and their own health. But not everyone has the time to learn all there is to know about industrial processes. For every organic spinach patch, there’s a counter-argument about distribution, convenience, or cost.
Organic cotton, fortunately, is easier to explain. There are two primary reasons to choose organically-grown cotton whenever you can. The first is your own health; the other is the health of the earth. And they’re inseparable.
Those silky sheets or satiny mattress cover? The number of chemicals that can be used to produce a conventional textile’s luxurious look or feel is staggering. Many are known skin irritants; some are carcinogenic. Pesticides are also endocrine disruptors, which subtly alter the body’s hormone balance. There is new debate about the consequences of chronic exposure to low levels of these compounds. Among concerns scientists have identified are increased risks for obesity, infertility, developmental brain disorders, and cancer.
When you choose bedding and a natural mattress made with organic cotton, you eliminate an important source of chemical exposure in your home. Because you sleep in close contact with your bedding materials -- and for years -- organic cotton may be among the most health-protective choices you make. Some experts believe that organic cotton is as significant for health as organic food. Organically grown and processed cotton will not expose you to herbicides, fungicides, or other chemical residues. For the highest quality, also look for the GOTS seal. Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification represents the most rigorous organic standards worldwide.
Then there’s the health of the planet. The environmental consequences of conventional cotton production are horrendous. Conventional cotton uses more pesticides than any crop on earth -- and more of the most toxic kinds. These chemicals poison the soil and wildlife, drift into waterways, contaminate livestock even when applied to fields miles away, and wind up in human tissue. They also destroy entire ecosystems. For example, the fourth-largest body of water on earth, the Aral Sea -- once a thriving food resource, is now too polluted from cotton agriculture to support fish.
Turning the Corner
Like our environment, human beings suffer from conventional cotton production at every step of the cycle. Agricultural laborers’ children sprayed while playing near cotton fields, factory workers exposed to a slew of toxins, and consumers who wear or sleep on fabrics that carry chemical residues -- all could testify that non-organic cotton is NOT “the fabric of our lives.” Ready for a hopeful note? More people are turning toward organic cotton. Global output has exploded, increasing over 500% in a recent four-year period.
So when you choose your natural mattress, make it an organic one. A mattress casing of pure organic cotton not only is better for your health, but the unbleached color is beautiful. It’s a natural reminder that simpler materials are safer ones for you, for those you love, and for the earth we live on together.
Written by Laura, November 24, 2012 www.savvyrest.com
It’s time to admit it America – we have a sleep problem.
We’ve been stumbling and micro-sleeping our way through the day for quite awhile, and it’s time to smell the proverbial coffee. Research and surveys indicate that a huge portion of the country – including children – are sleep deprived and many more face regular sleep problems.
Take a quick look at some of the latest numbers on sleep in America:
- 35% to 40% of U.S. adults are affected by problems falling asleep or daytime tiredness in a given year.
- 60% experience sleep problems a few nights per week or more, and most have not sought treatment according the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).
- 50 to 70 million U.S. adults have a sleep or wakefulness disorder according to the Institute of Medicine.
- Over 100,000 vehicle crashes per year are attributed to drowsiness.
- U.S. students are more sleep deprived than those in 50 other countries. Poor sleep affected 73% of 9-10 year olds and 80% of 14-15 year olds in the study (versus international averages of 47% and 57%, respectively).
- 43% of Americans between 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night of sleep on weekdays, and 60% say they experience a sleep problem every, or almost every night according to the 2011 NSF poll.
- 95% of those surveyed by NSF said they use electronics (TV, phone, computer) before bed at least a few nights per week.
- 48% of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, and half of this group isn’t taking any action to sleep better according to the Better Sleep Council’s 2013 survey.
- In the BSC survey, 52% of adults age 35 to 54 reported sleep deprivation (compared to 44% of ages 18 to 34 and 42% of adults over 55).
- Less than 30% of adults surveyed by the BSC agreed that sleep contributed to issues like heart disease, strokes, memory loss and diabetes despite scientific evidence.
wide variety of studies. Sleepy employees are also more likely to miss work, and can also affect coworkers and team performance as well.
If you are the sleepy one, that means you are not at your best and it could be affecting your performance at work or your learning and grades at school. If you are a manager or business owner, setting schedules or creating a culture that inhibits healthy sleep could indeed impact your bottom line.
It affects cognition and mood.
Your brain without sleep is sluggish and impaired. Studies have found a lack of rest affects our ability to learn new facts, impairs memory and recall, impairs visuomotor skills, and impairs creativity.
One study of mice found that prolonged sleep loss led to irreversible loss of brain cells, and another recent study of humans found that poor sleep habits was associated with faster shrinking brain mass over time.
Sleep also makes your mood less pleasant and makes you more likely to lose patience or snap at others as you are more likely to over react negative stimuli. A tired brain is less capable of dealing with stress and more prone to irritability. Chronic sleep loss is also linked with increased depression risk.
It makes accidents more likely.
Decision making skills, attention times, and reaction times are all impaired by drowsiness and fatigue. This means sleepy people are more likely to make errors, and less able to avoid or react quickly to the environment.
Sleep deprivation has had disastrous consequences, being listed as a cause or contributing factor on several major airline crashes, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, nuclear reactor meltdowns in the US and Russia, and for other high-profile mistakes that cost lives and/or millions of dollars.
On the road, drowsy driving is a major concern for public safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that at least 100,000 accidents per year and 1550 deaths are attributed to drowsy driving, not to mention $100 billion in associated monetary costs.
A 2011 National Sleep Foundation survey found that 50% of 19-29 year old drivers, 40% of 30-45 year olds, 30% of 13-18 year olds, and 28% of drivers over 65 admitted to driving tired in the past month, with 12% of 19-45 year olds actually driving drowsy weekly.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that young adults and teens, particularly males, are at the greatest risk for driving, and that sleeping less than 5 hours per night is associated with a four to fivefold increase in accidents compared to people sleeping 8 hours.
Driving drowsy after 16 hours of wakefulness causes impairment on par with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.05, and after 24 hours impairment is on par with a BAC of 0.10 – which is legally over the limit in all US states. The Mythbusters demonstrated these effects in an episode and found that sleep deprivation actually resulted in worse driving than alcohol!
Being a drowsy driver places yourself and others at risk of injury, and even if you are driving well-rested, other tired drivers can still pose a danger to you. The NSF says drivers should be particularly alert to fellow travelers around 12AM-2AM, 4AM-6AM and 2PM-4PM, the peak times for crashes and drowsy driving.
It affects health and healthcare costs.
Another big area of concern is how sleep affects health, a key focus of public agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates that
Studies have found that a lack of sleep increases inflammation markers in the body which are believed to be precursors to several illnesses. A lack of rest also impairs the immune system, making you more susceptible to colds and flu’s.
In the long term, chronic sleep deprivation is tied to increased risks for a host of health problems including diabetes and glucose intolerance, obesity, heart disease, anxiety, depression and Alzheimer disease.
Ultimately, if you aren’t prioritizing sleep in your life, you are making yourself less productive at work, impairing your relationships and personal growth, and potentially affecting your health and the safety of those around you.
Although a basic function and not particularly exciting, sleep deserves to be on the national agenda as it intimately affects every single person. We all need to rest and we are all affected by the national sleep epidemic. Start snoozing more and encourage others to practice healthy sleep, too!
Mattresses, like cars, are usually available at different price points featuring different options. Today I want to touch upon the issue of organic mattress comfort. I’ve done some reading about the level of comfort, or alleged lack thereof, provided by the typical organic mattress. The truth is that, like cars, mattresses (organic or otherwise) come at those different prices for a reason. The cold hard truth is that if you want your mattress to feel like a ride in a Rolls Royce you’re going to pay the price for that feel. If your budget allows a Mercedes level of comfort then you’ll pay that price and, of course, if your budget will allow you to buy Toyota level of comfort then that’s what you will get. The notion that organic mattresses are uncomfortable solely because they are made of organic materials and not man-made materials is false and any article making such a claim should be viewed with great skepticism.
So, just how does the manufacturer of an organic mattress, design and build a mattress sleep system that is not only equal to a memory foam mattress but better? They do it by at least doubling the coil count in their mattresses with springs that have a high chrome content that makes them stronger over the life of the product. They then layer the top of the mattress (the comfort layer) with either organic latex or a layer of micro coils which are encased in PLA (Polylactic Acid: made from potato or corn starch) and then covered in organic cotton. If you want a pillow top effect you can then purchase a topper made from organic latex, or a combination of latex, wool and cotton. As an added comfort bonus, the buyer won’t experience head-aches, a burning nose or other side effects caused by the chemicals in typical mattresses containing man-made materials. Finally, a reputable manufacturer will back up their products with a 20 year warranty. I haven’t seen very many manufacturers of the toxic variety of mattresses who will give customers a 20 year warranty.
By Wes Miller
The whole process of selecting a new mattress can be intimidating and time consuming. But when you consider that you will be spending an average of 8 hours a day sleeping, it’s not a process that you want to enter into lightly. First you need to look at the important basics. Find a local dealer where you can go in and try out a different selection of mattresses. We never recommend buying a mattress sight unseen. How well is the mattress constructed? What is the warranty? Where is the mattress made? Secondly, be prepared to spend at least 20 minutes trying out each mattress. It takes time for people to relax and get comfortable in the showroom. After all, you’re going into a strange place and then you have to lie down in front of people you don’t know. Just go into the experience knowing that you will have all the time you need to try out all of the different options and ask lots of questions. Thirdly, should you get all latex, springs and latex or a traditional inner-spring mattress? For customers looking for a more form-fitting mattress with almost no motion transfer we recommend latex. For those looking to have the density of latex but with a bit more flex we recommend the latex/spring combination. Memory foam and Air mattresses are popular with many consumers; they are form fitting, and provide great support, however, both of these mattress types contain chemicals and additives that we feel are unsafe for our customers. These are not items that we carry for that reason. Of course, we are all familiar with the traditional inner-spring feel. The fourth item to consider is any health issues you may have. For example, back pain, breathing issues, and acid reflux, to name a few. For back pain we recommend a firmer feel. Breathing issues could be driven by allergies to the chemicals in your old mattress. A mattress with an adjustable base does wonders for our customers with acid reflux.
Written by Wes Miller 5/28/2015