“I saw this bedding and I was wondering whether this is naturally made bedding that does not add up to the carbon print humans have made today?” This is the most asked question among those that are considering environment friendly products. Who would’ve thought that it will also be applied to bedding?
Many families over the last decade have transitioned their lives into a natural lifestyle and they have taken the steps to it, including the priorities based on their ability and budget. Most of these families’ top priority was filtering their water, since it was something that they’d consume on a daily basis.
In the bedding scene, the cotton that is organically farmed is the most common material used as eco friendly bedding. Manufacturers gain their wool from grass-fed and sustainably raised sheep. Many bedding companies these days are doing various experiments with new fibers like cloth made out of beech tree and milkweed, which is used for stuffing the pillow. Mattress makers have even introduced again the foam made out of rubber-tree latex, which is an alternative to the petroleum-based foam and the synthetic latex mixtures.
Picking up various fibers
Cotton sheets are naturally more expensive, but they are absorbent, cool and durable. They are able to hold up the washings of hot water, making them very ideal for hospitals and babies. However, the conventional cotton farming is the one responsible for most of the pesticide use of the world, which covers 25 percent of the total in the US and over 10 percent in the world. This is taken from the Sustainable Cotton Project record. Seeing that the contamination risk rates can get negligible, the effect on water and soil can get enormous.
The good thing about today is that the market has offered other better options for bedding. First is the choice with organic cotton, wherein it employs no hazardous chemicals and with natural controls. Alternative options like wood pulp, hemp and bamboo can be grown, too, and in a sustainable way without the use of herbicides and pesticides.
There are some alternative fibers considered to be superior or equal to cotton when it comes to warmth, lustre or texture, although some of them are less durable when they are subjected to hot water, irons, dryers or the traditional detergents. Before you make your purchase, make sure you ask about fabric care.
Most people have been sleeping on silk and wool ever since ancient times, but production methods of today have been developed to be more animal friendly, especially when producing these fibers. In the conventional way of producing silk, the larva gets killed in order to harvest the cocoon. But to get the organic or wild silk, the cocoon gets collected after the moth left it. With wool, it is sheared from the living sheep. Farmers that are growing concerned about modern production methods have raised free-range sheep that are grazing on pesticide free properties. They also use the most human techniques of shearing as they can. Wool fabrics that are done this way are considered organic