New Twist Mattress Kit Reviews -Thank you Fallon from St. Petersburg, FL reviewing New Twist Pod Style Mattress Kit ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
I have been sleeping on this (buckwheat hull) mattress for 8 years or more - a long time. Love it. Currently ordering another one. I broke a rib. During that time, sleeping on this mattress was a blessing. I was able to dig a spot out so there was no pressure on the rib!!! Trust me it made a huge difference in being able to sleep! On a regular mattress there would be pressure on that rib! The other part is I have moved a few times and it is easy peasy to do alone, unlike a regular mattress and box spring that I could never move alone! I love this mattress! Thanks for a great product and excellent customer service!!
We did go ahead and have to order some extra latex, we completely took the hemp hull part out of the bed and I did try it with my daughter. she actually started crying because it was so hard like cement that it hurt her back. I’m still sad about spending $500 on that and now ordering more of the latex. Please let people know how firm it is. - Joan reviewing her DIY hemp sand mattress
Thank you for your feedback Joan, yes we do stress that the latex base is important in our description. I wish I knew more about what went wrong with your assembly besides not using our recommended amounts of materials. The mattress should be firm, like sand, but it should also be very forgiving and contour to your body as you sleep like in our product video. Using too many hemp hulls, too little latex or a cover without stretch could cause the mattress to feel too firm.
I put my hemp sand bed together! I absolutely love it. I'm experimenting with it on my mattress on the floor. No box spring. So far so good! My husband shares my bed with me too. And we both love how we just sink into our own little hemp hull nest ☺️. I think we will eventually build a wooden platform for it, and maybe even get more hemp hills to fill it, but even on top of the mattress it's made a HUGE difference how my back feels and how I feel in general when I wake up in the morning. Thanks so much for all of your time and help throughout the buying process 💚
I recently ordered two of your Ultimate Hull pillows. I started with one pillow, but my husband stole mine for a few nights and I had to order a second one right away!
This is one of the most fantastic purchases I have ever made. I suffer from positional sleep apnea and in searching for non-CPAP solutions a couple of years ago, I purchased an anti-snore pillow made from foam. It worked for a while, and then I started noticing stains on the pillowcase and assumed they were because of a change in my facial moisturizer. Imagine my horror when I realized the pillow was off-gassing instead and concern over “what have I been breathing for the past year and a half?!?!!!”
I started searching for an alternative pillow and eventually learned about buckwheat hulls and landed on your website. It took me awhile to decide to try the Ultimate Hull pillow but I’m so very glad I did. It’s the most comfortable thing I’ve ever put my head on! A quick swish of my hand makes the perfect space for the side of my head/ear. My neck is so well supported that my snoring is almost non-existent. I wake up feeling more refreshed than I can ever remember.
So, thank you!! I will be keeping your business in mind as I consider other bedding choices going forward.
The girls think it is just the most cozy comfortable bed, and they are 9 and 7 so they are a bit active on their bed sometimes - I also took a picture to show you how it looked when I pulled the sheets off. They never fluff the cushions so that is after probably a month of sleeping and bouncing around - I’d say it did really well as far as spreading etc.!
- Thank you Dorothy, for sharing the results of your very ingenious mattress design!
My experience with Open Your Eyes Bedding (OYEB) has been wonderful. I was researching supportive pillows and came across the idea of using buckwheat and/or millet hulls as a filling. I decided to give it a whirl with OYEB because they were the only company I could find that offered a pillow with both! This way I could get the support from the buckwheat hulls and the softness from the millet hulls. I LOVE this pillow. The craftsmanship is excellent (I’ve had the pillow for several years now) and the fabric is so soft. There were never any chemical smells either which I know can be a problem with hulls sometimes-these hulls truly aren’t chemically treated. Customer service is excellent and any questions I’ve had have always been answered quickly and easily. I’ve just gone on to order some new hulls and once again I had a fantastic experience. I would absolutely recommend this company to anyone looking to make a change from chemical foams and fillings to something natural and quite honestly more supportive and comfortable. Thank you to everyone at OYEB! You have a customer for life in me! -Danielle, Westminster, MA
Just wanted to drop you a quick note in thanks for all your help. The hemp/latex mattress is truly wonderful: I have less joint and body pain and generally must be sleeping better as I am more energized.
I'm writing to inform you of my experience with the hemp hulls mattress. I purchased the necessary parts last month, but due to a recent vacation, I decided to wait until my return. Two nights ago I anxiously built my mattress according to the recommended instructions for a queen size bed. The first night it seemed ok, realizing it may take a few nights to adjust to a new mattress. But I woke much earlier than normal with aches and pains in my back and hips. I recalled you said a customer tried the queen size with fewer hemp hulls, so I removed approx. 48 lbs and tried again last night. I'm so disappointed to say that the feel of this was way too firm for us. I woke again earlier than normal feeling achy, sore and drained. My husband had been such a good sport about this whole process. But, at 3am we put our old mattress back in place and we both slept soundly. Any other suggestions would be welcome. I hate to give up, but unfortunately my husband and I are both experiencing flu like symptoms this week, so this is not a good time.
- Lori,Montgomery PA
Thanks for your feedback Lori and so sorry you are having trouble. The beauty of a DIY mattress is if it is too firm you can always add more shredded latex to make it softer! I am wondering if your box spring is somehow effecting the comfort too. Using a platform style frame (no spring or bounce) is recommended. Please reach out when you are feeling better and have more energy to work on your mattress and I would be happy to help! Best, Lynne
I have been sleeping on and loving a buckwheat hull pod mattress for five years. I’m thinking of distributing it to my children (another perk of diy mattresses - so many options) and was just dying to try the hemp hulls. I have a 2” firm king size latex topper in a case from sleep on latex.com that I used as my base layer. On top I filled a 1” sleep on latex cover with 4 bulk boxes of hemp hulls. Took about 30 minutes from hulls in the box to done, vacuumed up and ready to sleep - amazing!
The hemp hulls really do give that feel of a sandy beach - but not as packed/hard. They mold around you without effort (I found I had to wiggle a bit with the buckwheat hulls to help them mold around me) and stay just right. The latex underneath gives a slight give which is just perfect. I love wiggling my toes in “the sand” - the feel is completely luxurious. And I can sit in bed comfortably now! I’m completely in love and recommending this to everyone who will listen. Thinking of using a modular version of this for a guest bed setup. I’m thinking the hemp hulls will be more “new user” friendly than the buckwheat hulls - which take some getting used to.
Not to be a traitor to the buckwheat hulls, which I still use as a pillow and will be using for toppers for my children as well, but I really feel this is the perfect mattress!
I want to let you know that my new pillow is absolutely wonderful. While I am still getting used to the feel, it has transformed my sleep. I use an app to monitor my snoring and that problem is practically nonexistent now - I can tell you how many other solutions I have tried, so I'm delighted to have found this pillow - and will likely be buying another for my vacation home soon :)
- Ian, from Amherst MA
Thanks Ian for sending in the screen shots from your sleep app! So cool to see the difference your Ultimate Pillow has made to your snore score!
The hemp sand topper on my Purple 2 (with springs) has instantly given me less back soreness in just one night. There is enough movement from the bed that it doesn’t restrict the hemp movement to shift with my body for the support the hemp offers.
I’m absolutely in love with my hulls, they are a GAME-CHANGER and the be-all end-all solution to sleep. They’ve done more for me than weighted blankets used to, because they surround me in amazing comfort rather than covering me, and it’s something I can’t describe in the calming effect.
You are welcome to share anything on your website that I’ve written, because if it helps even ONE person find the treasure of hemp hulls and know it’s literally the LAST bed they’ll ever need (especially if replacing an old bed rather than repurposing their current one), I’ll take delight knowing someone else is sleeping as incredibly well as I am for the first time in most of my adult life.
For the record, the “make in place” recommendation when moving to hemp hulls for a bed is NO JOKE, lol. I did this whole CalKing thing by myself, and it wasn’t easy but it was SO WORTH IT!
- Thank You Jeanna from Austin, TX reviewing a diy topper cover she filled with hemp sand to improve her too soft Purple mattress.
(Note: Jeanna purchased this organic topper cover to encase her hemp sand. Unlike other hulls that need to be separated into compartments, hemp sand works best just poured into a one pocket mattress topper cover!)
I am extremely happy with my new latex and hemp mattress. It is firm, but molds to body and it has a very pleasant smell. It can be reshaped each day so there will never be a dent where you sleep. Lynne was helpful answering questions and when there was a snag in the process, fixed things immediately. In short, a great product and an honest seller. Thank you! I love it!
- Carolyn from Honeoye Falls, NY reviewing her purchase of hemp hulls from our store.
Thank you for extra sponge, it will be appreciated by some of our friends.
We immediately tried one and it works very well, the black felt is strong and hemp always seems to do a glorious job, very nice combination. (slightly edited for translation). - Pragyan and Shesha from Italy
"My daughter loves her mattress and the pillow I put the leftovers in, we like to smell it. I made it out of organic cotton canvas with a wildflower print on it, and it smells like a grassy flowery meadow".
Taura, from FL reviewing a DIY youth hemp hull mattress made for their tiny sailboat home. She sewed the cover herself with a lot of help from her daughter. Thanks Taura for sending us the time lapse video of this special project!
While I know you advise against it, I want to share that we have bed shared with both our boys on our wonderful mattress since day one! And they were both born at home, so literally since day one! (The older one moved to his own bed a few month after the second was born). We have always felt totally safe with it, in fact travel is difficult because the springy beds make me far more nervous about the babe bouncing out, and he wakes much more easily with all the movement they make. Anyway we just love, love love it!
Thank you, Jessica for your blog review (and awesome time-lapse video of the assembly).
"We have been sleeping on this bed frame for many weeks now and it has been SO great! The sides are great for holding a book, cell phone, or other odds and ends we want by our side. The solid wood “headboard” has made it easy to attach a power cord to so we can plug in our lights and phones when we want them charging near our beds."
I just bought a king size bed kit for when my fiancé and I get married. I finally finished it just a week out from the wedding! Here are pictures of the process if you'd like to share them with future customers or use them to promote your lovely company. I have been sleeping in the bed for about a month now (I initially just made a twin size) and I love it!
Anna also shared a series of progress photos that is a must see! Her entire "build" can be viewed here on our DIY Gallery Page. Thank you again!!
(Anna from Huntsville, AL reviewing the King New Twist Mattress kit)
Been sleeping on our new buckwheat mattress and millet/lavender pillows for about 1 month now. We have never slept better! What a great product, thank you! We ended up building our own bed frame with 4 pieces of wood and it worked out great. Wishing you guys lots more success!
- Virginia from Kittery Point, ME / New Twist pod style kit and lavender millet hull pillow kits)
I love my new bed :) My friends named it the Hippie-Hipster Marshmallow Bed :D I slept really well the first few nights and I am very happy with my purchase. Neck and back problems gone. (I knew my last mattress was too soft.) Thanks, and I’ll be happy to recommend you to friends and family.
- Brigit, Long Beach, CA / New Twist Pod Style Mattress Kit
My husband and I bought a kit and hulls from you almost 6 months ago. I was telling a good friend last week that we will most likely never buy a traditional mattress again! It is very comfortable and I truly appreciate the non-toxic, completely compostable aspect. Also, my husband and I really enjoy that movements don't shake the entire bed. Most impressively, neither of us have woken with a back ache in six months.
- Jennifer, Fort Collins, CO / New Twist Pod Style Mattress Kit
"We finally got our mattress together. It took a week or two to get used to it, but now it's the most comfortable mattress we’ve ever slept on!"
- Dawn from Muncie, IN
A bit more from Dawn: "Honestly, it was more work than we expected to put it together, but then, we are a bit new to some of this (really sedentary jobs and just beginning the transition to "natural"). And then it was really strange the first 10 days or so, and my husband, who doesn't like change, got up and went to another bed the first couple of nights. But then he discovered that his back did better on the buckwheat hulls. After giving it a chance, we never, ever want to go back! Now we both sleep better than we have in years."
We had a great first night's sleep and I love the feel of the buckwheat hull mattress + pillows!
I'm so thankful for your design and creativity! This is a huge game-changer in the world of non-toxic sleep solutions and healthier homes/bodies in general. I can't believe this isn't more mainstream. Why would people choose to sleep on toxic, conventional mattresses when there are more comfortable and affordable alternatives? I want to shout from the rooftops how great your company is -- and believe me, I will be spreading the word!
Katrina from Oakdale CT / New Twist Mattress Kits and custom made pillow inserts, all filled with organic buckwheat hulls
I just wanted to write and tell you how happy my husband and I are with our new twist buckwheat mattress. I didn't realize how poorly we really slept prior to using our new mattress, until now. We are both in our early twenties and used to wake up with lower back pain every morning, which I thought was normal. Since using our buckwheat mattress, neither of us have had any back pain, or toss and turn at night. I can actually fall asleep on my back now, versus my side, and it feels very comfortable.
The first two nights were a little difficult, only because we used a full-size bottom sheet on our queen-size mattress which made it really tight, and defeating the purpose. The second night we went with no sheet at all, and the tubes separated as we slept, which only makes sense. Now, we use our full-size mattress pad with no sheet until we can buy some queen sheets, and it works perfectly! (The mattress pad has plenty of give.) For now, we are just using our mattress on the ground, and it actually looks really nice and cozy. We might not buy a bed frame after-all! Thanks to you for creating such a natural, comfortable mattress, we'll be preventing future back problems in the future. I wanted to post this on your website, but I couldn't figure out how. I would love if you could copy and paste this and put it up there! I've told all my co-workers, all of whom are intrigued. One of them is even thinking of getting your mattress topper! Thanks again, and best wishes for you and your growing business in the future! - Karen and Kyle from Clinton, Connecticut
I wanted to write to say that the Millet Hull pillows are amazing. They are the best pillows in the world. I am ready to tell my family and friends about your shop and this brilliant pillow you've introduced. THANK YOU!
- Greta from Point Roberts, WA / millet hull pillow kits
"I have just finished! It's very late but I have left one very happy little girl asleep on your mattress and had to literally drag a very excited little boy off it. I'm really pleased, it could probably be improved and tweaked here and there but for a first go, home alone with two toddlers I think it's pretty good! (luckily the children decided to nap in shifts this afternoon/evening, a rare event!).
Thank you for coming up with and sharing such an interesting design, it's such a clever idea because it is so simple, yet it looks so intricate. I hope to have some opportunity to try it out for comfort myself soon, but the kids seemed very keen on it tonight!
It was also a great way to spend the evening!"
- Louise from the United Kingdom /New Twist Kit, which she customized the size of by leaving off two tubes to fit her nook perfectly
This headboard was created by a customer who bought the pdf e-book for the Twist Original design for $39.99. She did all the sewing herself using her own fabric. Instead of using hulls, which would have been too heavy for this vertical application, she used a lightweight pillow filling. Stunning DIY project, I would call it a work of art. Thank you for sharing Latifa from Dubai.
Many people say that until they visited our website, making their own mattress had never crossed their minds!
When other people view the photos or hear more about your experience making your own mattress or furniture they will feel empowered to make their own too. We are very excited about the opportunity to post some our customer's projects here.
Making your own mattress is physical work and many hands make light work. Why not hold a mattress making event in your community or have a small get together with some like minded friends who may be interested in making their own mattress as well? Have fun and snap some photos along the way!
Thank you for the wonderful feedback,
Lynne Owner, Open Your Eyes Bedding
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We have sold a lot of kits over the years and most of our reviews are positive to life-changing. Unfortunately, not every review will be positive! Usually, the customer understands they may have not fully read the product description or thought they may have been allergic to buckwheat hulls, to begin with, so they do not want to leave a negative review. Also, if one partner is not open-minded to trying a new type of mattress, a hull mattress may not be the best idea for the relationship! Here is a negative review from one of our customers and our response.
"Now I can't get out of bed in the morning! In all seriousness, this is a wonderful addition to any bed. I was a bit concerned that the buckwheat might noisily shift around, form an uncomfortable sag, or be too hard. After a week, I have found none of the above. Super comfortable, providing a bit of firmness but not hardness and allowing for a good night of deep sleep. Happy customer."
- Sam from Arcata, CA / buckwheat hull mattress topper
"Ok, where to start. I googled buckwheat topper and there she was, Lynne (owner of OYEB). She was informative and knowledgeable about what makes a comfortable sleep surface. She gave me prompt responses and updates on her progress. I was not left to guess how things were going. I highly recommend the hulls as substitute for other cushions/toppers. I initially was a bit concern about the pouches not having enough hulls, but Lynne assured me of the right amount. Now I have the topper and her proof. Thank you Lynne."
- Dianna from Watauga, TX / buckwheat hull mattress topper
"Thank you, everything arrived at the right place in a timely manner! I am enjoying using my favorite old sheets again that were not deep enough for my last (traditional) mattress. It's hard to describe how it feels to sleep on the buckwheat - but I am sleeping great, even the first night before the pods were woven together. When it comes time to "un-weave" it for any reason, I'll put it together next in the no-weave style. The weaving was more of a project than I realized - a bit hard on my back. "
- Janice, Keizer OR /Twist Easy, original flower design, in soft woven fabric
"I just want to tell you that I slept on the buckwheat hull mattress topper last night for the first time. I had a wonderful nights sleep. I am very pleased with the quality of the canvas mattress topper and look forward to many more nights of restorative sleep. Thanks so much for making the buckwheat hull mattress possible. You are a true pioneer."
- Donna from Orlando FL / canvas mattress topper filled with buckwheat hulls
I was given a millet hull pillow as a gift. At first, it seemed hard, a little unwieldy. Then I got the right arm positioning and loved it. The filling is like sand at the beach; you move it around and it conforms to you. My husband tried to steal it from me; I kept taking it back. If you read in bed a lot like I do, it is excellent for back support. Make it into a triangle shape (with the wide part at the small of your back) and it props you up. Recently, I was given the ultimate pillow kit (and relegated the millet hull pillow to my husband's side). It's really beautiful material, and the whole thing with the lavender scent is very luxurious and full. It's hard to imagine sleeping with one of those synthetic fiber pillows, ever again.
"..then we put together the last piece of Avery's all natural mattress! I am very excited about this project because it turned out really comfortable. Here is the mattress all put together and it really is lovely and healthy. I want to thank Open Your Eyes Bedding for this wonderful idea and product! I ended up with wooden slats, a base mattress made out of cotton batting, a wonderful buckwheat hull mattress topper and finally a sheep's wool mattress pad"
- Stacy from South Carolina / Muslin Buckwheat Hull Mattress Topper - now sold as "body pillows" in softer GOTS organic double knit cotton fabric
"Have to say I love the bed. The time it took to put together was totally worth it. I started out just taking naps on it, to get adjusted, but now I sleep the whole night through. Not only is my body comfortable, but my mind can rest easy knowing that I am sleeping on good materials and that it didn't break my bank! I'm planning on upgrading my twin to a king just as soon as I can convince my girlfriend to get on board (she still sleeps on our old latex mattress which now feels floppy and uneven to me). Thanks for a great product and for your quick shipping and customer service. I am recommending your beds to everyone I talk to."
Just wanted to say thanks for getting all our nice organic fabric and filler to us. I made the bed last week and we are enjoying it. I immediately noticed the nice fresh smell. I have asthma and I think that sleeping on something healthy will be good instead of the junk we had. We are thankful that you shared your creativity with all of us. - Pat from BozemanMT / New Twist Mattress
The nice folks at Permies.com took one of our body pillows / toppers for a test run and wrote up a review. Here is what they said:
"First impressions are the most important and there's something very fun about a giant bag of buckwheat hulls and plunging your hands into them!
The topper itself is broken down into four compartments with neatly stitched velcro seals to be filled with buckwheat to the density you prefer. Funnel not included, but an empty vinegar jug did the trick. I like a fairly firm mattress for support around my middle and lower back and a little more give around my shoulders and head and with the malleability of buckwheat hulls and individualized compartments I was able to fill each to provide the firmness zones I needed.
After the first few nights I am very pleased. The topper is quite comfortable and the hulls also provide unique sleeping surface akin to memory foam but with more support and firmness. Even if roll over or change positions a little wriggling can set the hulls to my new position. The natural materials provide and all around sleep experience, the smell of the buckwheat wafts through the sheets, which I really enjoy, as well as a light rustling of leaves which is very soothing. Being a part of the generation of factory-made and potentially toxic products it was a revelation to me at the comfort that comes from a product made from all natural and renewable materials. "
After a while of troubleshooting, I realized I had put my knots in the hull zone instead of outside. I re-did the mattresses and couldn't believe how tight I had made them compared to how they were supposed to be. The mattresses felt amazing last night and exceeded my expectations with how comfortable they were! I'm so glad I was able to troubleshoot and get them fixed. I woke up with absolutely no pain this morning for the first time in a really long while! My husband and son are still sound asleep. :) Thanks so much for your ingenuity!
- Brittany from Grand Rapids, MI / New Twist Mattress
I wanted to let you know how pleased I am with my new mattress! I really enjoyed the assembly and found it so exciting to have a more intimate hand at setting up the mattress. Working with the buckwheat hulls and fabric was very pleasing to the senses, an art project rather than a chore.
I found the instructions to be very clear and helpful. One thing you could add is to warn about dusty hulls--working with the hulls made a lot of dust. Had I grabbed a dust mask early on I would have spared my lungs.
The mattress is just as beautiful as the pictures, a piece of modern art! My biggest fear was that the hulls would be noisy and I am please to find it is almost silent. I have delighted in the personality of the mattress--the different ways the pods conform to my body-- and over time it has loosened up (to my liking).
I feel so rewarded for persisting in my search for a alternative mattress. This is so much more than a mattress--it feels like an interactive process b/w myself and the two very simple materials! I love it. It has made my bed and my space more my own. Best of luck to your business!
- Dionne from Brisbane, CA reviewing her New Twist Mattress.
Wanted to let you know, I have been using my sample pod as a small pillow and I sleep all night without snoring (or grinding my teeth)!!! Buckwheat hulls ...where have you been all my life?
I am looking forward to ordering more from you soon. I want to make some pillows for Christmas gifts and I will be ordering a kit for queen bed the first of next year. I am telling everyone I know to check out your site, because I believe in this product, and your outstanding customer service. Thank You :)
I have been meaning to get back to you for so long! The bed is amazing!
I just wanted to tell you I oriented the pods in the other direction and they are 6 across and 7 down...so I think its a bit wider than a queen and a bit longer than a king. I put 5lbs in each pod and it seems perfect to me! Thanks so much for all the help you gave me in making this decision!
- Dorothy from Sterling, VA reviewing the New Twist Pod style mattress kit using discounted, off width fabric.
I’ve been sleeping on my new corner bed since October and love it, plus the freedom of shape has allowed me to make much better use of the space in a small room! I’m excited to see how it will grow and evolve along with me over the next few years. I'm sure it will involve updating my grad school budget frame at some point. : ) Thanks and happy napping,
- Brittany from Tempe, AZ reviewing her New Twist 28 piece kit she assembled into a triangle shape!
I just want to send you a huge big thank you for creating your products, and doing so in a way that is affordable and allows the consumer to create the final product based upon their needs/preferences. Thanks! - Victoria from Jersey City, NJ
Victoria made a base layer for her New Twist mattress from a 1-inch thick coir bed rug which offers extra air flow and the right grip for her pods. She also added a wool topper. Note: we normally do not recommend using a topper but this customer made it her own and found this combination perfect for her!
Thanks for such a great idea! Saw buckwheat hull bed (from Japan) about 30 years ago on TV and have always wanted one! Awesome to sleep on....firm and soft all at once! Hubby just realized and commented that he hasn't had back pain upon waking since we have made this bed! Thanks again!
"About a year and a half ago I made a mattress with your buckwheat hulls combined with wool batting in zippered mattress ticking. It turned out great and I really love sleeping on it." Thanks Lisa from Philadelphia, PA for sharing your DIY mattress design!
Earlier this year I ordered a toddler fabric kit and also 70 lbs of buckwheat to make a decent trial size for the family to test. Our 10 year old loves it! We also got lavender millets and the pillow kit. He is especially enjoying his new pillow. "I sleep so dreamy," he says. The best part about the buckwheat mattress system is being able to "build up over time" like starting with a twin and eventually creating a king! Plus the budget friendly options with shorter tubes and certified or US grown hulls. I think the first kit we ordered was reduced because the fabric wasn't quite to the standards of a regular kit in regards to softness and we also had the option to have those cut to the shorter length, bonus! By saving in one area with shorter fabric you have more leeway to go for say the certified organic hulls or a pillow kit! Also, thanks for better clarifying the difference between the certified and US grown buckwheat. The teenager in our home wasn't to keen on the buckwheat so we are looking into creating him a sleeping area using the materials through The Natural Filling Store! Thanks again for helping us drift off to dreamland with a peaceful heart knowing we are making the right choice for our health and our planet!