Because we spend a third of our lives in bed, the environment we sleep in matters much. Cotton, as we all know, is the dirtiest crop in the world, laden with huge amounts of pesticides and herbicides during cultivation, which ultimately remain intact even in the finished textile products. On the other hand, synthetic fibres, most often made from the same substance as that plastic bottle at your home, contain toxins that can easily be absorbed by the skin.
Most people don’t realise that their bedding is coated with harmful flame-retardants or is either stain-free or wrinkle-free meaning it has copious amounts of formaldehyde, the very chemical that forms a part of building materials and household products like toiletries, walls and ply. One is most likely to breathe in these chemicals as vapours during sleep.
Sustained exposure to Formaldehyde is likely to cause the following symptoms:
• Eczema, where the skin becomes rough with blisters and causes itching and reddening
• Watery Eyes
• Respiratory problems
• Sore Throat
On account of the above factors, choosing certified organic bedding is a natural shift to living healthy. For the highest quality, always look out for a GOTS seal. GOTS or the Global Organic Textile Standard is a certification that adheres strictly to organic processes worldwide.
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The GOTS mark is your label of trust ensuring that every single step of the supply chain, right from farmers to factory workers to the finished products are entirely free of toxins. Not only this, using products made of certified organic cotton ensures that you are doing your bit to curtail farmer suicides. The last time a cotton farmer in Vidarbha or any other part of India took his own life was because he was unable to repay his debt due to sustained buying of pesticides sold at exorbitant rates.
A sustainable choice for the planet and the farmer and a luxury for you, your organic bed is just what you need to be blissfully asleep.