My night routine

 

I used to call myself a morning person, but these days, I’ve been having to focus my efforts on creating a healthy routine in the evenings to make sure my days start off on the right foot. I’m a fairly light sleeper, so having a proper way to wind down in the evenings is crucial for me to avoid burnout from lack of rest.

If you’re interested to see what I do to unwind, check out my latest night routine video above. A lot of the tips I’ve gotten to unwind are from my therapist and counselors that have been helping me through this season of anxiety, so I hope they prove to be helpful to you as well in the case that you’re looking to get better rest at night.

Products in video – moonlight mattressplatform bed frameorganic cotton bed sheetslinen duvet coverwhite nightstandglass pie pan, bamboo cutting boardknifestainless steel potcast iron skilletheath ceramics cereal bowlpyrex containerwooden scrubberbottle brushharrow bottle brushfountain penfountain pen converter

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The futon shop

I also wanted to take the time to share more about one of the major highlights of my night routine: my mattress from the Futon Shop. Considering that we sleep for a third of our lives, before moving into our first apartment, I knew that buying a quality, sustainably produced mattress would be one of the top things on our list. I discovered the Futon Shop when I was hanging out with fellow zero-waste blogger Kathryn from Going Zero Waste, and we went on a tour together of one of the Futon Shop’s factories in south San Francisco. It was a lovely surprise to find that there was a company in our local area that cared about the materials in everyday mattresses, and decided to make a higher quality, natural alternative.

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Mattress waste

In my book, Sustainable Home, I note that “millions of mattresses are tossed into landfills each year, and due to their bulky nature, take up a huge amount of resources in transportation. Salvaging the foam, metal and wood material from mattresses can divert thousands of tons of waste, but this doesn’t always happen, as proper disposal of mattresses can be expensive if local waste facilities charge. Although expensive initially, buying a good quality, sustainable mattress can help reduce the demand for the synthetic materials used to make most mattresses today. In addition, recent studies have found that flame retardants, petrochemicals and other synthetic materials commonly found in mattresses and sofas are causing major health concerns.”

I remember when I went to a tour of the local landfill when I first started my zero waste journey, and I immediately noticed a large pile of furniture such as TVs and plenty of mattresses. There’s no easy fix when it comes to disposing of these large pieces, especially if you don’t have a mattress recycler in your area. And so, I put it in the back of my mind to look for a completely natural mattress for my future purchase, in order to reduce the amount of mattress waste that was ending up in our landfllls. Three years later, I discovered the Futon Shop, and was so happy to be able to invest in one of their Moonlight Mattresses and a simple bedframe that will be used for years to come for Peter and I!

With that, I hope you are all having a good day and winding down for a lovely evening. Let me know in the comments below if you have any good tips for your night routine, or if you have any other suggestions for future posts that you'd like to see!