When was the last time you thought about your sheets?
You know, the fabric that graces your skin night after night, year after year? Have you ever taken the time to consider what goes into the linens you put on your family’s beds? Sadly, many shoppers never get beyond colour, size, and thread count when it comes time to purchase new sheets. But these are just surface specs and features. What really matters is deep down in the raw fabric itself.
You will spend an entire third of your life sleeping. Doesn’t it make sense to know what’s in your bedsheets?
Unfortunately, not all bedsheets are created equal. In fact, there is a massive difference in the ways in which many sheets are grown and manufactured. The biggest difference? Whether or not your sheets use organic cotton.
While most are likely familiar with the benefits of organic food, it’s unlikely that many would know the difference between organic and non-organic cotton. Cotton is a crop just like any of the fruits and vegetables you eat, and choosing to only use organic cotton sheets in your home can have some incredible, lasting benefits – both for your family, and the planet.
Ready to learn more? Here’s a look at the top 5 reasons you need to be sleeping on organic sheets:
1. Organic Cotton Reduces Exposure to Harmful Chemicals
Non-organic cotton crops are a booming corporate empire. And to protect their investment, factory farms rely heavily on pesticides and insecticides, spraying their cotton crops with impunity. In fact, reports show that nearly 25% of all the insecticides used on earth are used exclusively on cotton crops.
In addition, many non-organic cotton manufacturers use various chemicals to treat their sheets before their final sale to the consumer. Meaning the linens you bring home and rest your head on at night may be covered in toxins such as formaldehyde, bleaching agents, chlorinated and brominated flame retardants, and more.
However, organic cotton sheets are made from cotton using none of these synthetic, toxic pesticides or chemicals. Instead, organic cotton farmers use natural pest repellants such as crushed tea leaves. With organic sheets, you know that when you lay yourself or your baby down at night that your body is going to remain toxin free.
2. Organic Cotton Protects the People in Manufacturing
Not only is organic cotton safer for you and your family, but it is safer for the countless cotton farmers across the globe. According to the Fairtrade Foundation, an estimated 300 million people work in the cotton industry worldwide. And those that work directly on non-organic farms are exposed daily to the toxic herbicides and pesticides. Many of these chemicals are known carcinogens, and over time have caused number health defects – and even death – for those forced to work with them.
By choosing organic cotton sheets, you can rest easy knowing that no farmers or their families were put in danger to create the super soft sheets on which you sleep.
3. Organic Cotton Protects the Oceans and Waterways
Cotton is a thirsty crop that requires quite a bit of water to grow. However, with all of the chemicals sprayed on non-organic cotton crops, there have been serious issues with rain and irrigation causing toxic runoff into waterways near cotton farms. These toxins then travel the length of the water source, causing all sorts of problems for wildlife, surrounding nature, and most terrifyingly, our own drinking supply.
Making matters worse, non-organic cotton products actually pollute our water a second time around. Many non-organic sheets, towels and other linens are mixed with various other synthetic fabrics, and when washed, release little bits of plastic and other non-organic materials called microfibres. These microfibres make their way through our wastewater supply, and eventually land themselves in our lakes and oceans, only to be consumed by sea life, causing premature death and disease.
4. Organic Cotton Sheets Save Water
In addition to protecting our oceans and waterways, organic cotton sheets actually require less water to produce than their non-organic counterparts. With the additional use of chemicals and various rinsing cycles and agents, the manufacturing of non-organic sheets can use upwards of 20% more water than that of organic sheets. Multiply this out over the billions of bedsheets sold across the globe, and you’re talking about serious water savings
5. Organic Cotton Sheets Are Incredibly Comfortable!
By removing all the chemicals, toxins, and manufacturing shortcuts in the name of driving profit, organic cotton sheets end up incredibly soft and luxurious. From the very first time you lie yourself or your baby down on certified organic cotton sheets, you’ll immediately feel a difference. A difference that not only makes for a better night’s sleep, but a better planet in the process.
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