Our mission to provide our customers with a safe and healthy product, is only the beginning. At Harvest Green Mattress, we already know our customers are environmentally mindful. Our hope is for inspiring other businesses and individuals to support environmental solutions.
As a green business, we manufacture with intent for a minimal carbon footprint. Working together synergistically, so our impact is greater than the sum of our parts.
The Harvest Green Mattress brand is rooted with our love and care for mother earth, but she is suffering. We are a business dedicated to effect positive change to help her. All our mattresses are made with renewable resources that are environmentally friendly and biodegradable materials. Our mattresses are chemical free helping to live cleaner, healthier lives by reducing chemical exposure.
But reducing and recycling is not enough… we want to give back. One way we want to bee more productive is to bring back the pollinators. Many of our most important pollinator species are being threatened with increasing chemical exposure and their natural habitats are being devastated on a global scale. Restoring our pollinators doesn’t have to be a daunting task, especially if we work cooperatively.
Environmental giving is a start. One way we like to encourage restoration beyond our manufacturing, is by giving our already proactive consumers, a special gift. Your instruction insert for unboxing will come embedded pollinator friendly flower seeds.
The seeds are carefully selected to grow in as many regions as our mattresses are delivered to. So, when you open your box, the paper will be ready for planting in the warm seasons near you.
Bees are so important for plant life, that if a plant has produced a flower, you know a bee helped pollinate it. In fact, 70% of all fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds we consume on a daily basis, came from the work of bees. That represents almost 200 billion dollars of global agricultural revenue. If all the honey bees were to die out, our plant life would quickly follow. Plants used to feed livestock would be limited shortly after that, restricting our dairy and meat supplies. Millions of bee populations have declined significantly over the years. In 1995, there was an estimate of 5 million honey bees and by 2015, nearly half was estimated at 2.5 million remaining.
What’s causing this? There is a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder where since 2006 an average of 1/3 of colony bee populations are abandoning their hives. We know bees have several factors working against their survival. In some colonies, mites, viruses and parasites have been a factor, but it is thought these invaders are impacting bees more due to toxins weakening their fragile systems.
Their rapid decline over the past few decades is coincidentally parallel to introductions of newer insecticides such as neonicotinoids, that are deadly to bees. These chemicals cause confusion and disorientation, resulting in bees abandoning their hives. There are other contributors like crop uniformity, crop monocultures, stress from human activities and other pollutants that have caused bee declines. If the populations of bees continue to decline, we face entire food chains and webs being destroyed… the results would be catastrophic. WE have a responsibility to take care of our surroundings not just for the beauty of nature, but to be stewards for our planet.
In addition to our seed paper, there is more you can do! Please follow these steps to help make an even bigger difference!
· Don't spray pesticides. Pesticides are a major culprit in Colony Collapse Disorder, its terrible for them and you!
· Support local organic farmers who use natural farming methods that are bee-friendly.
· Plant a bee-friendly habitat every year! Even just a few flowering plants can make a difference.
· Sponsor a hive. There are organizations all over the country, but starting at your local level is a great place to begin!
If you choose to plant your free embedded pollinator friendly instruction insert. We encourage you to share your growing pollinator friendly flowers on our website! Please feel free to email us your inspiring pictures reminding us we are in this together.