Better Bedding, Part II

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organic cotton sheetsWe all love our cotton sheets, but when you stop to think about all the pesticides, insecticides, defoliants, and other toxic chemicals used to grow, process, and manufacture cotton, our beds become less comfortable to lie in. Organic cotton is a better solution for bedding, especially considering that we spend about a third of our lives in bed.

According to the Organic Trade Association, “Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production.” Not only are those toxins detrimental to the environment, but they are human carcinogens.

Some of the top organic cotton producing countries include the United States, India, China, and Turkey. Many companies that sell organic cotton products also ensure that their products are made free of sweatshop labor. Look for organic cotton bedding that is colored with low-impact dyes or left natural for the ultimate in eco-friendliness.

Click here to learn the differences between conventionally-grown cotton and organic cotton.

Tag(s): Bed and Bath, Gift Ideas, Going Green

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