Organic Bedding and Bath Linens

by Ms. S on December 28, 2010

Coyuchi Organic Baby Bedding

Coyuchi Organic Baby Bedding

Recently, I’ve been hearing more about Coyuchi, as I’ve been learning more about the benefits of organic bedding. Headquartered in Northern California (near the border of Oregon), Coyuchi is a company that produces bedding, bath and baby products that are made of 100% organic cotton.

“An interesting aside is that cotton is a food, as well as a fiber. Seeds and fibers are fed to cattle, and cottonseed oil is a main ingredient in processed foods. Since the federal government classifies cotton as a fiber, not a food source, farmers can use heavy amounts of toxic chemicals to produce it.”

Toxin Bedrooms: Your Guide to a Safe Night’s Sleep by Walter Bader; Kindle location 1066-68

COYUCHI, A Business With Consciousness

Not knowing from which company to purchase organic bedding, I was reassured when two retailers (Giggle and ABC Home) that I respect highly recommended them. In preparing this post, I found the three YouTube videos at the bottom of this post, which provided me with another dimension for which to support Coyuchi: the company is trying to provide the farmers with a better life.

“Organic cotton is a natural, earth-friendly, renewable resource… Do not accept substitutes such as “green cotton,” “unbleached and undyed cotton,” or “100% natural cotton.” These descriptions are potentially misleading marketing expressions that describe cotton grown with pesticides and other chemicals.”

– Toxin Bedrooms: Your Guide to a Safe Night’s Sleep by Walter Bader; Kindle location 1053-56

Conventional Cotton vs. Organic Cotton: Intentionally Or Not, Our Purchases Have Ripple Effects

Although the sound quality of the first video is poor, it’s worth taking a quick look at conventional cotton farming practices. You will see how workers end up dousing themselves with the pesticides that they use to spray the cotton crops. Unable to read the warnings on the bottles of pesticides, they do not know to what harm they are subjecting themselves and their families.

I’m now more motivated to pay the premium for organic cotton when I can. (The second video is more focused on Coyuchi and has much better sound.)

“In 2003, 84 million pounds of pesticides were sprayed on the 14.4 million acres of conventional cotton that was grown in the United States. This places cotton second (behind corn) in the total amount of pesticides sprayed, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In the same year, over 2.03 billion pounds of synthetic fertilizers were applied to conventional cotton, making it the fourth most heavily fertilized crop (behind corn, winter wheat, and soybeans). The EPA considers 7 of the top 15 pesticides applied to cotton in the United States in 2003 (acephate, dichloropropene, diuron, dluometuron, pendimethalin, tribufos, and trifluralin) as “possible,” “likely,” and “probably” or “known” human carcinogens.

– Toxin Bedrooms: Your Guide to a Safe Night’s Sleep by Walter Bader; Locations 269-75

Please let me know what you think! I’d love to learn more about other great companies to support.

“Commercially grown cotton (non-certified) is potentially harmful to human health, as well as to the local global environment. During the past decades, environmental organizations have focused on the cotton industry as one of agriculture’s most environmentally destructive entities. Research has found that growing and harvesting a single pound of cotton fiber uses one-third of a pound of chemicals. This in turn takes an enormous toll on the air, water, and soil, not to mention the health of people living and working in “cotton country.” When choosing an organic mattress, pillow top, or top-of-bed linens, you are making a choice to support the elimination of these chemicals.”

– Toxin Bedrooms: Your Guide to a Safe Night’s Sleep by Walter Bader; Kindle location 1062-66

“Organically grown cotton is certified by independent third parties, and some state agencies, to ensure that no synthetic substances were used in its cultivation and harvesting. All certified organic cotton is guaranteed by the certifying entity to be grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, defoliants, or fertilizers. No synthetic chemicals are used to strip the leaves in preparation for harvest or during the manufacturing process.”

Toxin Bedrooms: Your Guide to a Safe Night’s Sleep by Walter Bader; Locations 1056-59

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