Yep, you read that right. Sleeping on coconuts.
Coconuts have been used to make various products since way before anyone ever thought to call the finished products “organic” or “natural”.
The part of the coconut that’s used for making mattresses is the fibrous material found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut. This material is called coir (Pronounced core or coy-er, not choir).
According to Wikipedia, “ropes and cordage have been made from coconut fiber since ancient times. Indian navigators who sailed the seas to Malaya, Java, China, and the Gulf of Arabia centuries ago used coir for their ship ropes. Arab writers of the 11th century AD referred to the extensive use of coir for ship ropes and rigging.”
Cononut fibers (or coir) are perfect for ship ropes, floor mats, doors mats, organic mattresses, and many other things because they’re naturally water resistant.
However, you may also notice this material used by gardeners by mixing the coir with garden soil or putting some in hanging plant baskets. When used this way, it helps hold the water near the roots of the plant longer.
How amazing is that? This one fiber can be used to hold water but is also naturally water-resistant! This means that the fibers are also naturally resistant to mold and mildew, which is a great trait for a mattress.
Now, I know what you’re thinking…“Will my mattress smell like coconuts?” You might think that would be cool or you might think that would be awful, but the answer is no. Coconut mattresses do not smell like coconuts. So, adding one to your bedroom won’t instantly turn it into a tropical oasis, but there are many other reasons to sleep on one.
Allergy sufferers love sleeping on coconut fibers because they don’t collect nearly as much dust (or as many dust mites) as traditional mattresses. This can seriously reduce your nighttime coughing, sneezing, wheezing, etc. which in turn helps you to get a more restful sleep.
Coconut mattresses are also adored by people who are highly sensitive to the chemicals and toxins used in the manufacturing of traditional mattresses.
Lots of people are shocked to find out that their conventional mattresses are made from synthetic foams that off-gas Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). And these VOCs can be pretty nasty; the EPA warns they can cause health effects ranging from low to highly toxic. Coconut mattresses do not contain VOCs.
Here is the short list of pros – reasons for owning a coconut fiber mattress:
- Made from sustainable material (good for the environment)
- Moisture wicking (pulls moisture away from your body)
- Breathable (allows moisture to dry quickly)
- Naturally mold / mildew resistant (because it breathes)
- Stays cool (doesn’t absorb your body heat)
- Used by allergy sufferers
- Naturally bedbug resistant
- Naturally flame retardant
Here is the short list of cons – reasons to not own a coconut fiber mattress:
- Very firm (but strong and stable)
That’s the only real reason not to own one. If you’re used to sleeping on soft, pillow-top mattresses then it would take some time to get used to a firmer mattress. Coconut fibers are naturally strong and durable, which means that your mattress would be strong and durable, but it also means that you won’t be sinking into pillow-y, cloud-like softness either.
To help with comfort, many mattress brands (like ours) use the coconut fibers for the inner part of the mattress and use materials such as organic latex, organic cotton and organic wool to create a cozy outer layer.
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