Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Organic Cotton?
Cotton uses more pesticides than any other crop in the world, and what is worse, there are certain toxic chemical pesticides that are not allowed on food crops, yet they are still used on cotton. Cotton comprises approx. 2% of the world's farmland, yet approx. 25% of the world's pesticide use. According to the Organic Trade Association, organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides or fertilizers. Methods such as beneficial insect releases, strip cutting of alfalfa and new weeding machinery help reduce the environmental impact of cotton crops. Organic cotton uses far less water too. The main benefit of organic materials, however, is that the crops aren't treated with pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and Genetically Modified Organisms. These toxins are harmful for farmers and workers, us as consumers, and entire wildlife eco-systems.
Why Organic Cotton?
Since we spend 1/3 of our lives in bed, sleeping with toxic chemicals doesn't make sense. Most conventional bedding are treated with toxic flame retardant chemicals, and this is not disclosed to the consumer. These chemicals have been linked to many health problems. Choose organic and reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals. We believe you will also have a wonderful night's sleep!
Do the toxic chemicals and pesticides found in conventional cotton wash out?
In a word, no, not completely. Finishing agents can be washed out partially, but a sizing agent is put into cotton fabric to prevent the garment from shrinking, it cannot be fully washed out and still do its job. (Organic items are pre-shrunk in general to avoid this issue.) Germany has done much research on pesticide residue in finished clothing. This is why you hear of people who have multiple chemical sensitivity. We have some customers who simply can only wear organic clothing, or they break out in rashes. For an in-depth answer from our friends at Coyuchi: https://www.coyuchi.com/the-naturalista/textile_chemist_cotton/
Where are the products made?
For 23 years we have been bringing Organic, Fair-Trade items to our customers. Each item states in the description exactly where it is made. We invite you to learn more about our manufacturers, as we are very proud of the difference they are making in the world. In addition, every purchase from The Organic Bed Company helps fund social and environmental projects to improve our planet's soil, water supply, and community education on health and nutrition.
How do I care for my organic bedding items?
Follow the care instructions on the tag regarding washing and drying your organic item. If the item is washable, use a good quality natural laundry soap. For stain removal, only non-chlorine whitening products. A solution of 1 part white vinegar with 2 parts water is helpful for freshening. A spray bottle filled with water and a few drops of essential oil is also wonderful.
Latex / Natural Latex / Organic Latex?
We do not sell synthetic latex. We sell natural organic latex that comes from the hevea brasiliensis tree (or rubberwood tree), from managed tree farms in Sri Lanka.
Rubber trees can grow to heights of 100 - 130 feet, and can live up to 100 years. Latex is the white sap which flows freely from the tree when a sliver of bark is removed. Trees are tapped at 6 years of age. Rubber trees can reproduce by the fruit of the rubberwood bursting open when ripe, scattering its many seeds in an area spanning up to 100 feet from the tree.
The difference between natural latex and organic is that organic latex comes from trees that were grown organically, NOT sprayed or treated with any toxic chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizer.