My great auntie used to say that the person who invented the bed should have a monument in their honour. And I couldn’t agree more with her! Those who know me best, know that for me, sleep is basically sacred. I’m a big fan of a day nap, and I need at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep every night just to feel like a normal person. Sleep is essential for my well-being. If I had to choose between eating or sleeping, my choice would be easy. Sleep always comes first for me.
I’m all about the simple pleasures and indulging in the things that can have a great effect on my life. For me, having a solid night of sleep has a huge impact on my mood and my energy levels. My family would testify to that! Consequently, there is nothing more luxurious, and imperative, than investing in an item that not only changes my life for the better but also makes a stand for our environment.
When I heard that someone in Bali was producing organic mattresses, I needed to see it for myself. I needed to meet that person who will fully understand my love for sleeping and hopefully I could learn a thing or two about having the best night of sleep.
I met Stefan, the owner of Heveya®, in his home in Berawa. Here he has a showroom in his incredible home, where he showed me all of the products to give you the best night of sleep ever!
But I was also interested to know he developed such a product. Even though we all sleep a significant portion of our lives, it’s still quite a specific thing, so I was quite curious to know what attracted him to create the Heveya® mattress and range.
I quickly learned that Stefan is incredibly knowledgeable about his creations. He had spent the last 20 years working in the mattress industry, specifically mattress production. He spent those years travelling the world, getting to know every factory there is, where the best mattresses were created, with which materials and in which way they were made. And he realised there was something missing in this industry. So, he decided to create it himself.
After living in Belgium, China, Australia, Singapore and also Indonesia, he knew that there was a gap in the market for an organic mattress. With all his knowledge, experience and his contacts, he set off to establish Heveya®.
Heveya® mattresses are made of 100% organic natural latex. Yes, latex can be natural! It comes from the sap of the rubber tree. Heveya® uses the latex from organic latex plantation. .
The Heveya® Plantation is the world’s first certified organic latex plantation. To receive this status, it took 4 years of using only organic fertilisers to prepare the land and get rid of pesticides and chemicals. Hevea Brasiliensis, or rubber trees as they are more commonly known, provide latex their whole life and are not damaged in the harvesting process. At the end of their lifecycle, they can be used as an alternative for tropical hardwood in furniture, hence preventing the cutting of the tropical rainforest trees.
The mattresses don’t even use springs, as the metal springs usually used on mattresses can have a negative effect on your sleep. Plus, Latex is supposed to be the best material for your back. So, it’s best to go natural!
Their mattresses are covered in the most beautiful woven bamboo fibre. It is not only beautiful to the touch, but it is also an ideal renewable source as it does not require the use of pesticides to grow and it needs a lot less water than cotton.
It is for sure the most beautiful mattress I have ever seen, touched and laid on. The bamboo cover is so soft and comforting that you could quite easily sleep on it without sheets. But they have thought of that too! Heveya® also sell bamboo sheets to go with your mattress. I can honestly say they look and feel like silk. And of course, they have also a range of pillows for adults, kids and babies. I have been using mine since I first tried it and it has changed my life for the better.
The Heveya® Pillows and mattresses are also great for people with allergies as natural latex is dust and mite resistant, and anti-bacterial without the use of chemicals.
After my meeting with Stefan, I was incredibly impressed by his knowledge and his commitment to the environment. This man has really thought of everything. From the great effects latex has on the back while sleeping, to the health benefits of using only organic and natural products, as well as going to the extent of growing it and producing it in the most honourable and sustainable way. He has really gone above and beyond to create the best mattress possible. I really believe Heveya is the best mattress on the market.
Words by Sheila Man
Photos by Sheila Man,
Brand photos courtesy of Heveya®