An Obsession With Longevity
It's time to demand more from the companies we patronise and the products we buy – both for the sake of our health and for that of our planet.
We all want convenience. With our busy schedules and fast-paced lifestyles, it’s no surprise that more of us are turning to ordering items online rather than having to go to the lengths of visiting a store. But does this convenience really serve us or the planet in the long run? When ordering online, we forfeit the opportunity to experience the product before purchase. Return policies with free shipping can null this consideration; however, an overlooked aspect of many return policies is what happens to an item once it is returned.
According to a report published in the Wall Street Journal, “Sometimes retailers find it cheaper to just throw returned merchandise away.” In some cases, as would be in the case of mattresses retailers, there is a legal obligation to dispose of returned products due to health and hygiene considerations. So, while that 100-night trial may sound appealing at a first glance, a deeper look may reveal the underlying wasteful truth.
The Mattress Recycling Council estimates that approximately 15-20 million mattresses and box-springs are disposed of each year in the U.S., with each piece occupying approximately 40 cubic feet or more of landfill space. A number that is projected to be on the rise with new mattress-in-a-box retailers offering long in home trials, and extended return policies. An increasing number of mattresses winding up in our landfills means harmful chemicals seeping into the environment and higher taxes as a result of the time, effort, and space required to dispose of them. It isn’t difficult to ponder the effects this kind of waste has on the planet.
Environmental health is intimately connected to human health. Because we interact so closely with our environment, pollutants to the earth can become hazards to human health. We are constantly learning more about how exposure to toxins in our environment, including many items we interact with every single day, can be detrimental to our health and wellbeing. In the mattress industry it is equally important to seek products that promote health through not only helping you achieve deep restorative sleep, but also by being conscientious of utilizing health-promoting quality materials, while considering the end environmental impact.
At DUX, we believe that responsibility begins with the integrity of the product. We care about longevity, in fact we are obsessed with it – longevity as it relates to our health, to every product we sell and to the long-term health of our planet. The DUX Bed’s innovative design considers each point of this triangle.
It’s well known The DUX Bed is designed to provide an unrivaled level of ergonomic support for deep, restorative sleep. What’s less known is our environmental position. First of all we are once again a proud recipient of the Oeko-Tex 100 Certificate. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. When you choose DUX you can be sure you are sleeping on a bed that meets strict human-ecological requirements of being completely free of any unhealthy or harmful toxins or chemicals.
In addition, The DUX Bed’s innovative design is comprised of customizable components. Different leg heights and styles can be screwed directly in to our base of slow-growth Swedish pine, our top pad is not fastened to the bed, the top of the mattress unzips to allow access to the Pascal® cassette system, and the dual spring bases operate independently of each other. These customizable components are replaceable, and some even upgradable. The result is a bed that can not only be refreshed as it shows wear, but may be improved to further promote health with the release of new accessories and technological innovations.
Our innovative renewable design means that The DUX Bed may just be the last bed you’ll ever own. In fact, in Sweden they’re often passed down from generation to generation. This, coupled with the highest-quality materials results in a bed that is made to last. And, simply put, the longer a bed lasts the fewer will end up in landfills.