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In my life I don't tend to splurge very often. If you check out my credit card statement at the end of the year the majority of my funds go to healthy food and travel to teach or visit with family. It is rare that I allow myself to spend big, unless it is related to my comfort and health.

Having lived in several cold climates (Colorado, London, and New England) I have always loved the warmth wool provides. What I didn't know was that I would soon have a full blown love affair with this soft and cuddly substance.

Every night I sleep in a sheep: my mattress, pillow, and duvet are all stuffed with wool and then covered with organic cotton, canceling out any potential itch.

Why wool you ask? It's an absolute amazing gift from nature and the plus is that no sheep get hurt in the process (down goose duvets involve picking bird feathers 6 or so times a year, which is super painful for the birds).

The most important factor for me is that wool is naturally fire retardant, if you tried to light it on fire it with simply fizzle out. Most conventional mattresses are made fire resistant using harsh chemicals that off-gas.

Considering we spend 1/3 of our lives in bed I think it is vital to think about what we are breathing during the night.

In addition to this, wool is naturally dust-mite, mold and mildew resistant. It quickly absorbs and releases moisture and thus does not allow the damp conditions that dust-mites and molds thrive on to flourish.

Wool helps to adjust for temperature, warming in the winter and removing moisture in the summer creating more coolness. It also helps to lower heart rate and sleep with more consistency and calm.

Whether its a full wool line up or an organic mattress/pillow/duvet you choose, spend a little extra to ensure you sleep toxic free.

Check out these resources...

http://greenerpenny.blogspot.com/2010/01/avoiding-pbdes-in-mattresses.html

http://us.icebreaker.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-IB-US-Site/default/Home-Show

http://shop.ibex.com/

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