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Why should I go GREEN?
I am thinking about going Green but I have to ask myself: Why go GREEN?
How does this help the environment and more importantly how will it help me in the long run?â€
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I can immediately think of three great reasons to go green- for your health, for your peace of mind, and to preserve the world around you. This answer may seem very broad, but let me elaborate a bit on each aspect of going green.
Every year since the industrial revolution, more and more chemicals have been introduced into our everyday lives. Some of these chemicals have had positive impacts, such as increasing food production and saving lives. However, humans can be quite shortsighted, so many chemicals have been overused and have resulted in unforeseen consequences on the health of the environment and the health of individuals. As bedding manufacturers since 1981, we are faced with a real conundrum: we want to offer a product that is beautiful, highly functional, and safe in every way. The average person spends one-third of their life asleep, so it is important to consider how healthy your bedding is. Traditional bedding contains additives and heavy metals which may cause off gassing- this means that while you are enjoying a nap or resting your weary bones, you are breathing in toxins, and that is definitely not green or healthy.
Peace of mind can be achieved once you begin to appreciate the results of living green. You may notice that your garbage bag isn’t so heavy on trash day or your pantry isn’t full of plastic grocery bags. Using CFL light bulbs or other green technology will lower energy bills, giving you the greatest peace of mind at the end of every month when balancing that checkbook.
Of course, the main reason for many people to live a green lifestyle is to preserve our world for future generations. No one likes to think that their children or grandchildren will be living on landfills or in a world where clean air and water are scarce. Only in the last few decades have we realized our negative impact on this planet, and how crucial it is to preserve the only home we have. It is a daunting task, but every step towards a green and natural lifestyle is a step in the right direction.
As you can see, the three main reasons for going green are very much intertwined. Go GREEN so that you can live a healthier life and protect the world around you, which results in feeling better about yourself and the world. Green living is also very community oriented- friendships are borne out of the exchange of ideas and entire communities can be reshaped by green living initiatives. This way, everyone wins and we are all building a better world!
So after all this, you may be wondering why White Lotus Home products are considered “green”. The way we handcraft our products may have as great of an impact as the use of organic materials. Our “factory” is unique in that the only machines we use are regular sewing machines and desktop computers like the one I am using to write this. We focus on using local natural and organic fibers, the majority of our staff can walk or bike to work and we are a wind-power company. The only power we require is heat for the building and electricity for the lights and sewing machines. Everything is hand-crafted, so the only emissions we create are a little bit of sweat in the summertime! Durability is another aspect of green living that may not be so obvious. The longer a product lasts, the less it needs to be replaced over a lifetime. With proper care, a White Lotus mattress will easily last over 10 years, and we have customers who have been using the same mattress for 25 years. A long lasting mattress means more money in your pocket, less material in a landfill, and less hassle for you!