Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Healthy Night's Sleep...Rest Assured

One of my favorite places to shop is Green Island in Traverse City, Michigan. My lifelong friend, Sean Burns, and his wife Lori, own this fabulous store which specializes in earth friendly goods for the home, body, and baby.

They were early adapters to the green movement and are extremely well-versed in eco-products, so when Sean tells me about something in the green world, I listen.

Knowing that my green design clients & blog readers are not only healthy living advocates but also people who love a great deal, he's passed along an offer to you. Check out the details below. But first...

Double Jeopardy Round

And the Answer Is: Petrochemicals, Polyurethane, Carcinogens, Neurotoxins, Antimony Trioxide, Formaldehyde, Melamine, Decabromodiphenyl Oxide.

Question: What are you sleeping with?

Did you know the majority of mattresses being sold and slept on today are made from petroleum-based materials which are extremely toxic and can outgas for years?

Polyurethane foam, one of the most commonly used materials in mattresses contains known neurotoxins and carcinogens. Chemicals like formaldehyde, antimony trioxide, boric acid (roach killer), melamine and decabromodiphenyl are also found in many mattresses and have been shown to accumulate in breast tissue and adversely impact the brain development of children.

The use of these synthetic materials in mattresses also creates a perfect environment for dust mites and other allergens to thrive.

Remember, your body is vulnerable to these toxins and bugs for at least eight hours every day!

Night, night...don’t let the decabromodiphenyls bite.

Here’s the good news.


Green Island has mattresses made of 100% natural and non-toxic materials

Green Island mattresses are hand-crafted using only 100% natural and non-toxic materials such as organic cotton, natural latex, and our own Pure Grow Wooltm. The natural fibers of wool and cotton used in our beds breathe, allowing moisture to evaporate quickly from the mattress creating a comfortable sleeping environment for an undisturbed and rejuvenating sleep.

Wool is also a natural fire retardant, so no need for extra neurotoxins in your life (or bed).

Until the end of February, you can receive 10% OFF ALL MATTRESSES FROM GREEN ISLAND and to make it even easier, Green Island is offering you a choice:

Half-off shipping or a set of organic cotton sheets with the purchase of any mattress!

(Hint from Elizabeth: Call first to ask about the shipping rates. I know that here in Los Angeles, it's a nominal fee. And outside of Michigan, sales tax is waived.)

Shopping online? Use code: MAT2010 for 10% discount.

Let them know if you want the shipping or sheets, they'll contact you with details.

Sale ends Feb 28, 2010.

For more information, visit

Or call Sean Burns at 866-933-8465.

And if you're lucky enough to visit beautiful Traverse City, stop into the Green Island store to see for yourself. It's at 116 S. Union Street, in the heart of downtown.

Be sure to tell them I say hello!

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