Micro Entrepreneurism, Simple Living & Art
We’re crazy. We know this. We say it often. But I think that we might have just reached a new level: we’ve started construction on making our own mattresses. I can’t believe I just typed that. I mean, I can, but it makes it all the more real. And I’m just not sure I’m ready for it to be real. Do you know what kind of an undertaking I’ve committed to? We’ve committed to?!? This project is serious business.
Course, so is deciding to grow your own food and stock your freezer. Apparently I should be up to the challenge.
It all started innocently enough. We’ve moving, we don’t own mattresses, mom decided to start mattress shopping. And she was horrified. And then furious. She found out a lot of scary things about the mattress industry. Scary things like toxic chemicals infused in every mattress made after 2007 in the name of fire retardancy. Chemicals documented to cause cancer, endocrine system failure, and other such similar delights. Only way around it – to go to a doctor and get a prescription to be able to buy an organic latex mattress at a spendy minimum cost of $1200 for a 5″ thick queen. Read that sentence one more time. Now you should be saying this with me, “Yowza! Ouch! WTF!”
Now I was angry and so I went to the only thing on the internet that I thought might be able to provide a magical answer to our problem – Etsy.com. And it f**king worked! There on Etsy I found a seller called OpenYourEyesBedding that makes and sells kits and patterns to make your own organic buckwheat hull mattresses. BINGO! And that is where this story begins and ends.