Guide To Organic Eco-Friendly Bedding

by | Nov 11, 2018 | Home Goods

WHY ORGANIC?

There are a few main reasons to choose organic bedding. One, you are supporting organic farming. You are also reducing carbon emissions because organic farming creates 60% less output of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases than conventional cotton. It’s safer for workers because the crop is not sprayed with harsh chemicals and pesticides. These toxic chemicals can also wreak havoc for people with sensitive skin. Organic fibers are better for you, and better for the environment. They can also biodegrade in a timely fashion, so if the material ends up outside somewhere, it won’t be harmful to the land.

COMMON CERTIFICATIONS
GOTS CERTIFIED – processing standard, which mandates using a minimum of 70% certified organic fibre.
OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 – textiles and fabrics are certified free of harmful chemicals and are safe for human use.
USDA ORGANIC CERTIFICATION  – any article of clothing or fabric advertised as “organic” must be made with fibers from USDA-certified organic crops.
FAIR TRADE CERTIFICATIONS – trade in which fair prices are paid to producers in developing countries.
FSC CERTIFIED – ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.
CERTIFIED B CORP – businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social & environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
GREEN AMERICA – ensures companies operate according to principles of social justice and environmental sustainability.

Please keep in mind, small brands might not be able to afford certifications, but that doesn’t mean they are not a green or fair company.

DEBUNKING THREAD COUNT
We are marketed to believe that higher thread counts = better quality, but have you heard that you shouldn’t trust anything that states it has a thread count higher than 400? A thread count simply means the number of horizontal and vertical threads woven into one square inch of the fabric. That means only so many pieces of thread can fit into a specific space. With bedding, that number maxes out around 400 and anything beyond that number suggests that manufacturers had to cram extra-thin pieces of yarn to reach that higher figure. This was a way for manufacturers to set themselves apart from competition. These very fine pieces of yarn resulted in a higher-ply and therefore, a higher thread count. Instead, take a look at the cotton staple before the thread count. Superior sheets will be made from a single-ply, long-staple cotton. 200-300 thread count will deliver that softness, comfort, and quality without the increased price!

GOTS CERTIFIED  |  FAIR TRADE FEDERATION MEMBER

A nonprofit social enterprise that addresses the exploitation of women around the world. They create employment opportunities, services and products that support women’s empowerment worldwide. Recommended for bright patterned quilts and pillows! |  SHOP HERE

AMERICAN MADE

100% seed-to-stitch, made in the USA (creating 500 jobs from coast to coast), and family owned. Direct-to-consumer. Please note they are not technically organic, their Supima cotton is grown toxin-free and requires less water than organic cotton. Recommended for neutral colored sheet & duvet sets!  |  SHOP HERE

GOTS CERTIFIED  |  FAIR TRADE  |  MADE SAFE  |  1% FOR THE PLANET

Committed to sustainability, minimally processed organic & natural fibers and a truly human commitment to the hands that touch each product. All products have a story and are crafted with intention. Recommended for neutral colored or simple partnered duvets, pillows, comforters, blankets & sheet sets! |  SHOP COYUCHI.COM  or  AMAZON

GOTS CERTIFIED  |  OEKO-TEX CERTIFIED  |  GOOD WEAVE INTERNATIONAL  |  TEXTILE EXCHANGE  |  GREEN AMERICA CERTIFIED

A family owned business based in the Czech Republic creating high quality, 100% organic cotton bedding and other household goods. Recommended for neutral colored sheet sets & blankets.  | SHOP HERE

GOTS CERTIFIED  |  IAOS CERTIFIED  |  OEKO-TEX CERTIFIED  |  FSC CERTIFIED  |  GREEN AMERICA CERTIFIED  |  ELEMENT MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY TESTED

A small manufacturing company dedicated to creating exceptional natural bedding products by hand, locally, in a small rural town near Olympia, WA. Recommended for wool blankets & comforters, and organic duvets & sheet sets! |  SHOP AMAZON

FSC CERTIFIED  |  USDA BIOBASED PRODUCT  |  USCBG CERTIFIED  |  FKT CERTIFIED  |  GREEN AMERICA CERTIFIED

Hotel quality bedding carefully crafted from the finest botanical eucalyptus fibers with eco-friendly, non-toxic dyes that cast a beautiful sheen to every color. Recommended for luxury duvets, pillows & throws! |  SHOP AMAZON

GOTS CERTIFIED  |  IAOS CERTIFIED  |  OREGON TRUTH

A family owned and operated company committed to providing customers with non-toxic, organic and American made products. Recommended for neutral colored sheet sets, pillows, blankets, duvets & comforters!  |  SHOP HERE

OEKO-TEX CERTIFIED

Modern day bedding designed in Venice Beach and responsibly manufactured by the world’s best artisans. Returned items are donated to Habitat for Humanity. For every Dog Bed purchased, a percentage of sales is donated to Love Leo Rescue. Recommended for patterned sheets sets, pillows, duvets, & quilts. |  SHOP HERE

GOTS CERTIFIED  |  CERTIFIED B CORP  |  ESOP COMPANY  |  ECO INSTITUTE CERTIFICATION  |  USDA ORGANIC CERTIFIED  |  GREEN GUARD GOLD  |  GREEN AMERICA CERTIFIED

Employee-owned. Environmental and social factors are integral to their business methods. All of their products are made with organic materials. Recommended for white body pillows, pillows, & sheet sets. |  SHOP AMAZON

GOTS CERTIFIED  |  OEKO-TEX  |  FAIR TRADE

Luxurious comfortable bedding using only Fair Trade Certified™, 100% organic, non-GMO and eco-friendly long-staple cotton, without the use of harmful chemicals. Recommended for neutral colored sheet sets, down pillows, comforters, & duvets.|  SHOP SOLORGANIX.COM or  AMAZON

GOTS CERTIFIED  |  OEKO-TEX  |  FAIR TRADE  |  FSC CERTIFIED  |  WELTRACK

Focused on making organic products accessible to all through vertical integrated supply chain. Materials and facilities are audited and approved each season for verified claims to the policies they uphold. Reccomended for light colored or dainty patterned sheet sets, pillows, duvets & quilts. |  SHOP AMAZON

GOTS CERTIFIED  |  FAIR TRADE

PACT is known for their apparel but now they’ve come out with a 100% organic cotton bedding line. Reccomended for neutral colored sheet sets. |  SHOP

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