Are you creating a healthy indoor environment in your home? If your health, and the health of your family, is a top priority, then there's a good chance you're making the switch to organic. From food to textiles, organic options are everywhere. And that means less chemical exposure for your family and the environment.
But just in case you're still on the fence about whether to invest in organic bedding or not, we've here to help.
Here are the seven biggest benefits of switching to organic bedding.
No Agricultural Chemicals
There’s no doubt about it, natural materials such as cotton, linen, and bamboo are key to bedding comfort.
Unfortunately, unless they’re certified organic, natural materials like cotton are grown the conventional way: with toxic agricultural chemicals.
“According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 84 million pounds of pesticides and more than two billion pounds of fertilizers were applied to the nation’s 14.4 million acres of cotton in the year 2000. Seven of the 15 pesticides commonly used on cotton in the United States are listed as “possible,” “likely,” “probable” or “known” human carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Agency. And cotton defoliants are “the most toxic farm chemicals currently on the market,” says Fawn Pattison, executive director of the Agricultural Resources Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the use of harmful pesticides.” - National Wildlife Federation
When you choose bedding made from certified organic materials, such as cotton, linen, and bamboo, you’re choosing bedding that’s grown without the use of toxic agricultural chemicals.
No Chemical Flame Retardants
If you’re not buying organic bedding, there’s another class of dangerous chemicals that could be found in your sheets, pillows, blankets, and mattresses: chemical flame retardants.
There is growing evidence chemical flame retardants can accumulate in people and cause adverse health effects — interfering with hormones, reproductive systems, thyroid and metabolic function, and causing impaired neurological development and low birth rates in infants and children.
Although the federal government and various states have limited or banned the use of some of these chemicals, recent tests of consumer products and a study in Environmental Science & Technology revealed the use of these chemicals continues to be widespread and found in children’s products such as crib mattresses, changing table pads, nursing pillows, and car seats.
In addition to the health hazards of flame retardants listed above, studies are showing that these added chemicals are not even effective in preventing or slowing fires.
If you want to avoid these toxic (and ineffective) flame retardant chemicals, choose bedding made with certified organic materials. Wool is a great bedding material when you want to avoid chemical flame retardants; it’s naturally fire-resistant.
No Chemical Additives
Don’t you love that “freshly-made bed” look when the sheets are pulled taught and the blankets and pillows are fluffed to perfection?
We all do.
And some bedding manufacturers are promising a shortcut with “wrinkle-free” sheets and bedding. But what are you really getting when you buy wrinkle-free sheets?
Sheets that are labeled “wrinkle-free” are finished with a chemical process that includes formaldehyde. This chemical is linked to short-term health problems like skin irritation and respiratory problems. In the long term, formaldehyde is linked to cancer and listed as a known human carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program.
Organic bedding is never treated with chemical additives. As for wrinkly sheets, you can iron them or live with them. (We say let wrinkle and let live, but that’s for you to decide.)
No Harsh Textile Dyes
Some of us dream of ending the day by sinking into a hotel-like, heavenly pile of pure white bedding. And some of us think that all-white bedding is a big, boring snooze-fest and want to decorate our beds with vibrant colors and patterns galore!
No matter your decor style, one thing’s important to note:
Chemical fabric dyes can be harmful to you and the environment.
The textile dyes, along with a large number of industrial pollutants, are highly toxic and potentially carcinogenic, and researchers have linked textile dyes to environmental degradation and various diseases in animals and humans.
Organic bedding avoids toxic synthetic dyes and utilizes natural, non-toxic plant-based dyes, instead.
Or go for undyed bedding like these amazing bamboo sheets that Oprah loves and get the hotel-like bed of your dreams.
No Harmful VOCs
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemical gasses emitted from building materials, furnishings, carpets, paints, dry-cleaning solvents, cleaning supplies, and even personal beauty products.
VOCs have been linked to a wide range of short- and long-term negative health effects, including headaches, dizziness, nausea, and allergic skin reactions. Worse, a number of VOCs commonly found indoors have been linked to cancer in animal studies.
Reduce your exposure to VOCs by choosing organic bedding and mattresses made with at least 95% organic materials, such as cotton, wool, or natural latex. Look for Global Organic Textile Standard, or GOTS, certification. To receive GOTS certification, the mattress cannot be made of polyurethane foam or contain a number of hazardous chemicals. Look for the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) certification for organic latex mattresses.
One of the amazing benefits of choosing organic bedding is fewer allergens in the bedroom.
Organic cotton is a fiber that is naturally hypoallergenic and convenient to wash and dry, easily withstanding the high heat needed to remove dust mites. If your skin is irritated by man-made fibers, natural organic cotton can offer a comfortable, chemical- and irritant-free alternative to synthetic fibers.
Pillows made with certified organic latex are naturally hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant, as well. If you have a latex allergy, choose a pillow made with wool or organic cotton material.
More Breathable and Comfortable
We mentioned this briefly at the top of our list. Natural materials are more breathable and comfortable compared to synthetic materials.
Synthetic materials don't breathe well and they can trap heat against your body. Natural materials like wool can wick moisture away from your body when you sleep at night, keeping you cool and comfortable. Cotton and linen are deliciously breathable, so you won't overheat.
If you’re tired of sleeping hot or waking up in a tangled mess of sweaty sheets, organic natural bedding is the answer.
The benefits of organic bedding are numerous. Choosing organic and natural materials means less toxic burden for your body, fewer allergens in your bedroom, and reduced chemicals in the environment. Shop organic bedding at Sage Sleep.