With climate change in the forefront of government policies, the sustainable mindset in consumers is gaining more traction than before. Buying sustainable bed sheets might be on your mind. Cotton is a popular fabric for almost all of our fashion wear, shoes and also bedding. But you might wonder what organic cotton is? Here’s organic cotton 101 for you so you can make a choice if organic cotton is good for you.
Although cotton is one of the most widely grown crops and used material in the world, most of us are not aware how much chemical is used to produce cotton. These chemicals have tremendous impact on earth’s air, water, soil and the health of people who are growing these crops. Including our own health. Growing cotton requires some of the most toxic chemicals classified by the environmental protection agency in the US.
Organic cotton is produced according to organic agriculture standards. This standard of production uses natural processes as opposed to artificial inputs and is sustainable for the health of soils and ecosystems. It does not use toxic chemicals or genetically modified organisms (GMO) seeds for production. Persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers are avoided.
Safe peroxide is used. Low-impact fibre-reactive or natural dyes with low meta and sulphur content is used for the dyeing process. Due to non-toxic chemicals being used, growing organic cotton doesn’t damage the soil, has less impact on the air, uses 88% less water and 62% less energy. Two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages by 2025. Organic cotton is 80% rain fed, reducing pressure on local water sources. The absence of toxic chemicals also means that the water used to grow organic cotton is cleaner and safer. In comparison, it takes 2.700 litres of water to make a conventional cotton t-shirt.
Growing organic cotton also keeps farmers and their families safe as they will not be exposed to toxic materials through their food or water supply.
In Singapore, more than half a dozen organisations manage organic certification systems. Consumers can find organic cotton in a range of everyday items ranging from make-up removal pads and cotton earbuds, to denim and baby clothing.
Last but not least, organic cotton is grown from organic cotton seeds. Cotton seed oil is used in some food products such as cookies, chips and vegetable oil, which are also used to feed livestock. While we do not eat cotton fibres, it does become a by-product in our diets.
Supima Cotton is one of the most environmentally friendly materials. It is certified by the American Supima Association (ASA), which means Supima cotton production has to follow strict agricultural standards. While Supima Cotton does not have the word ‘organic’ attached to it, it is in fact organic. To get certified as organic, textile manufacturers have to pay a lot to get it USDA certified and some do not.
If you are looking for bed sheets made from 100% Supima Cotton, check out our latest arrival of the Hotelier Prestigio™ Supima Cotton Royal Azure Fitted Sheet Set. Or you can check out other Supima Cotton bedding in Bedding Affairs’ Hotelier Prestigio™ Collection.