Why Choose Organic Bedding?
Is organic bedding the better choice?
At abc carpet & home, we view the body and the bed as two sanctuaries worth extra attention and care. Both are crucial to a daily sense of well-being. When it comes to the body, what we put into it can make a significant difference in our daily sense of well-being. As for your bed, what you put on it — and later crawl into — also has a direct impact on how you feel, both inside and out.
Good design decisions like modern bedroom furniture are aesthetically pleasing, but going organic can extend even further than your body and your home because there is a third sanctuary we consider at abc carpet & home: our planet. Making sustainable choices that are better for the environment tend to benefit your well-being, too. (Read more about our commitment to sustainability.) One option in particular that benefits both you and the environment is to choose organic bedding for all of the bedrooms in your home. We’ll discuss why we recommend the switch — it has to do with the supply chain and how organic cotton is farmed.
Is organic bedding necessary?
If you believe in the health of your body and the well-being of our planet, choosing organic bedding is one of those things that can make a difference. Is it necessary? Yes and no. Similar to eating organic foods, choosing organic bedding is a total luxury. But we think it’s crucial to the health of families and the planet, and we hope it’s the way of the future. Choosing organic bedding unifies the three most important sanctuaries in your life to bring you to a new level of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation.
With the lack of organic brands, however, finding a favorite is not easy. In particular, organic cotton is rare. Only 1% of all cotton used in textile production today is organic. We’re on a mission to change this statistic by stocking organic bedding, which signals higher demand to suppliers and can lead to an increase in organic cotton farming. Ultimately, this "strategy" will produce more organic bedding options. But when it’s more expensive than other premium bedding, you may wonder, If I’m going to buy organic bedding, I need to know why and how it’s better than non-organic bedding. We answer this below, but if you can’t buy organic, bedding made with natural fibers is the next best choice.
Is organic bedding better for the environment?
The short answer is yes — it helps create more biodiversity, doesn’t use pesticides or harmful chemicals, and has a smaller footprint. Here’s a deep dive into the reasons organic bedding is a healthy choice for, you your family, and the planet.
1. Organic cotton used in making organic bedding helps support a healthier, more biodiverse environment.
Biodiverse is another way of saying a rich and healthy ecosystem. What lies below the surface of the earth has a substantial impact on the health and quality of the crops it produces. This is as true for yourself as it is for plants. Instead of infusing the ground with artificial, man-made chemicals that can be harmful to the environment and sensitive skin, organic cotton farming achieves a more stable, flourishing ecosystem that contains the right mix of microbes and soil to create a world of biodiversity. Purchasing bedding made from organic cotton helps support a more biodiverse ecosystem.
2. Organic cotton avoids the use of GMO seeds.
Conventional cotton makers may alter the chemical structure of their seeds, turning them into GMO seeds to create plants that are resistant to certain insects or insecticides. They may also attempt to engineer the plant’s genetic makeup for optimal yield. In organic farming, treatments like these aren’t permitted. Instead, organic cotton creates a bloom that’s more natural and arguably healthier for farmers, soil, and consumers.
3. Organic cotton farming creates fewer greenhouse gases.
Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are a root cause of global warming. Currently, the industrialized world emits more carbon than the plants, sea, and marshes can absorb. Organic cotton farming currently produces 46% fewer greenhouse gases than conventional cotton farming. While that's not a perfect number by any means, it’s a step in the right direction.
4. No pesticides or harsh synthetic chemicals.
Natural cotton seeds are brown, so why are many non-organic cotton seeds a greenish blue hue when they’re placed in the ground? The answer is the use of fungicide, insecticide, or other chemicals. Many of them have been linked to neurological disease, cancer, and reproductive complications. Without the use of harsh stimulants in organic cotton farming, both you (the organic sheet sage) and those working in the fields are safer.
5. Organic cotton farming preserves water and helps to keep it clean.
One of the most amazing things about organic cotton farming is that the majority of crops are watered using rainwater and nothing else. With over 80% of organic cotton fields only using rain as their water source, the strain on local water reservoirs is significantly lower than conventional methods. In turn, this makes organic cotton farming use on average 91% less water than non-organic cotton. Additionally, since no pesticides or harsh chemicals are used, the pollution of water is virtually non-existent. Keeping our water clean and preserving it is crucial for the health of our planet, and organic cotton farming does just that.
By choosing organic cotton sheets, you’re making an investment in the health of your family, and the health of your ecosystem.
- aboutorganiccotton.org: An initiative by Textile Exchange, an international non-profit committed to the responsible expansion of textile sustainability across the global textile value chain: Organic Farming System diagram and statistics
- Organic Trade Association: Get the facts about Organic Cotton
- Canadian Biotechnology Action Network: Genetically Modified Cotton, CBAN Factsheet
- Textile Exchange: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Organic Cotton: A global average
- Pesticide Action Network, UK: Pesticide Concerns in Cotton
- Water Footprint Network: Toward sustainable water use in the cotton supply chain: A comparative assessment of the water footprint of agricultural practices in India