noah buscher
1st April 2020
Environment

Earth Day 2020: Let’s Talk About Climate Change

April 22 is Earth Day, a day that typically is heralded as the largest environmental movement across the world. This is when we evaluate all of our sustainability goals and come up with new ways to ensure the protection of the earth. The biggest issue we have been facing lately is the rapid change in our climate. The coronavirus, as horrible as it is, will not last forever. When the pandemic ends, the world will still be threatened by climate change. This is why Earth Day is so important, as continuing to consider climate change, and climate education will help the next generation prepare for the future.

One of the biggest takeaways we have seen during this pandemic is the direct result of our economic and manufacturing processes on the Earth. The coronavirus pandemic is shutting down industrial activity and temporarily slashing air pollution levels around the world. The sudden shift represented the “largest-scale experiment ever,” in terms of the reduction of industrial emissions.

This is something you have to see to believe, look at this image provided by the European Space Agency which shows the drastic change in nitrogen dioxide levels as China shut down all manufacturing. The World Health Organization describes NO 2 as “a toxic gas which causes significant inflammation of the airways” at concentrations above 200 micrograms per cubic meter.

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So now is the time for us to consider our daily activities, what changes can we make to help slow climate change and restore our Earth. Essentia is proud to operate a GOLS and GOTS certified organic facility that keeps the highest standards of sustainability and consideration of our impact on the Earth in all aspects of our manufacturing process. 

This includes things like going vegan or switching to green power where available, and while it’s a big ask to consider a fully electric vehicle when it is time for your next car maybe consider the overall costs, savings on gas and impact on the environment. 

Essentia Natural Memory Foam Sustainability Efforts

SOURCING:
Hevea Milk is the “sap” of the Rubber tree which is the nuts and bolts of our mattress. It’s used to make our natural memory foam and Dunlop Latex Foam. Our hevea milk is sourced from Indonesia and collected from Rubber Plantations with acceptable working conditions and no child labor.

SHIPPING:
We roll pack our mattresses for not only your convince, but it’s a huge win for the environment as well. Roll packing allows us to use 75% less space in a truck and 75% less packaging. Using less is always better but using boxes made from 100% recycled paper is just extra gravy. *(99% post-consumer, 1% post-industrial)

BIODEGRADABLE:
When you’ve decided it’s time to upgrade your Essentia mattress, you won’t be worried about your old Essentia living in a landfill. Your Essentia mattress will biodegrade in just 3 years when exposed to the elements; wind, rain, sun. Another healthy option for disposal is to find a mattress recycler in your area.

ZERO-WASTE FACILITY:
Waste not, want not as they say. In our factory, we shred all latex and memory foam offcuts and excess for other products such as pillows making us a zero-waste facility.

A FRIEND TO THE ANIMALS:
Sleep soundly knowing our products are Animal-free (vegan). We also never test on animals… although we know they’d love a nap on Essentia it if we did. 

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