I'm wondering if anyone has any insight into mattress alternatives that are feasible in a home setting? I'm currently sleeping on a 3"foam mattress in my rolling home, but the thought of off -gassing is ever-present in my mind. Additionally the poly foams are expensive. I know there are natural latex foams out there, but those are even more expensive, and are still manufactured/packaged/transported, etc. I love the idea of using a self-harvested natural material in its place. My ancestors maybe used piles of leaves. Since this sleeping area is located indoors in a small space, the material needs to be contained somehow. So a pile of leaves won't quite work. Perhaps in a sewn bag. .. Any ideas?
Hopefully these solutions could be applied to seat cushions as well. ..
As for my own experience, I bought my son a twin latex mattress for $295 at http://www.mattresses.net/labeforki.html. They use pieces left over from when they make larger beds, but I've never been able to tell any difference. It's really comfortable! Far more comfortable than my toxic memory foam. They also sell full mattresses made the same way for $380, as well as move conventionally priced (i.e. expensive) mattresses.
During my graduate school days I lived off a backpack in Italy for a month. I stayed in a farmhouse in Calabria and slept on a raw wool mattress. I even got help my hosts to take the mattresses apart to fluff them. Talk about a new experience! I ended with lanolin sticky hands. But slept like a king.
We can green the world through random acts of planting.