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Recycle. Reuse. Recharge.

The push is on for humans across the planet to improve their utilization of their resources. We should no longer consider our manufactured goods or natural commodities disposable. We need to make the most of what we have now.

In natural resource terms this means developing technology that taps into the unutilized energy sources that our planet provides. Solar, wind and tide power must replace our dependency on a diminishing level of oil. Using these three to their maximum capacity will reduce pollution and tighten our bond with the mighty forces already at work that heat, cool and stir our dynamic planet.

In product terms, the push towards better utilization mean investing in technologies that create lasting products that can be used for years rather than throwaway, snap-together items of leisure. This means understanding our needs and developing the best possible solution to meet those needs long term.

In terms of of our bodies, we now understand that modern makeovers are not the answer. We need to properly care for the body we are given. This means eating well, exercising and most importantly, finding time to sleep.

Recharging our organs through pure, undisturbed sleep can do more for our health and beauty than any surgeon.

Start with what you can control and move outwards. Recharge your body naturally and your soul will be better prepared for the necessary changes needed to improve our way of thinking about the rest of the planet.

Coupland’s ‘Gumhead’

The Vancouver Art Gallery is bringing a new public art feature to the Robson Square Plaza that relies on public ‘chewing’ interaction. Created by local artist, Douglas Coupland, the piece features a 7-foot tall self-portrait bust of the artist. Temporarily titled ‘gumhead,’ the artwork encourages the public to add their chewing material to the sculpture. The hope being, that in a matter of months, Coupland’s face will be completely covered with a patchwork layer of saliva infused sweet bubble cud.

The gallery has described the piece as “a gum-based, crowd-sourced, publicly interactive, social-sculpture self-portrait.” It is one of fifteen works commissioned by the VAG as part of NEXT: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim.

The bust is being installed this week on the grassy knoll of the southeast corner of Robson plaza. The official unveiling will occur on May 31st. The bust will remain at this location until September 1st.

The gumhead will be part of the plaza’s summer theme: Urban Reef. The reef project is the latest winner in the Robson Redux design competition, a contest open to local and foreign designers for re-imagining the public space outside of the VAG, between Hornby and Howe street.

Coupland’s work may have been inspired by other public ‘gum’ works. Anyone who has visited Seattle’s Pike Place Market has probably witnessed the Market Theatre Gum Wall. The wall, located in an alley just behind the market, is a kaleidoscope of used gum that has become an Instagram staple for visitors to the Emerald City. Another public gum work can be found in Berlin, on one of the wall sections from the now dismantled Berlin Wall.

For those hoping to be a part of the project, we suggest a multicoloured, HubbaBubba style, chewing addition. It’ll standout and add a bit of flare to the standard spearmint Dentyne swabs.

‘Out Like a Light’

A customer at our Broadway location, in Vancouver, told us an interesting fact this week about the origins of the term ‘out like a light.’

Apparently, this English idiom references a period in time when electricity and the ability to flick a light switch, was fairly groundbreaking.

Before the time of electrical lighting, homeowners needed to extinguish all the candles or gas lamps in their homes to turn off the lights before bed. With light switches, this process was dramatically simplified.

Instead of making a trip around the home to blow out all the candles and turn off the gas lines, it was now possible to darken a room with the quick, simple, flick of a switch – like magic!

This ease of this process was married with the ability to quickly fall asleep and a new idiom was formed: Out like a light.

Another interesting phenomenon is the use of ‘sleep’ terms in computer technology. Did you ever think it was weird that one of the options on you iPad was sleep mode? This setting powers down your tablet and extends your battery life. It basically gives the processor a needed rest.

Too bad it doesn’t allow for restorative energy to be banked. Maybe the next generation of iPads will come with solar panels…

Deep Thought of the Day:

If your iPad does truly go to sleep, what do you think it dreams of? Do you think it harbours jealousy that you get to spend your nights on an ultra comfortable Beautyrest Recharge Mattress and all it gets is a few hours on your IKEA bedside table? We’d be jealous, no question.

Things to think about.

If you have any other interesting stories or insight into terms regarding sleep, add them to the comments below or tweet back at us @mattressvan on Twitter.

Recharge

It’s 2:38, mid-way through the afternoon, when your phone battery dies. It didn’t even last till the end of your shift. Now how will you Whatsapp your friend in New York, follow Amanda Bynes latest brush with the law and Vine your coworkers attempt at a Sasso lemon face. You might actually get some work done this afternoon…

But that’s not the point! The real issue is battery life! If you can’t count on your phone charge lasting till dinner, what can you count on? The answer is your mattress.

Simmons Mattress has developed a new mattress specifically designed for ‘recharging’ our tired bodies. Your phone might pack it in after your marathon session of Candy Crush, but your body and mind will hold their charge until pillow time.

The new mattress line uses a combination of patented Beautyrest pocket coils and AirCool and GelTouch foams to create the most recharging sleep ever. The coils provide support, the gel touch adds an extra layer of comfort and the AirCool design provides cooling technology guaranteed to keep your mattress at an ideal temperature for sleep.

The result: full bars from sunup to sunset.

Come in and test-sleep a Recharge mattress at our Broadway location. We can charge your iPhone at the same time. Free of ‘charge.’

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