You’d be surprised how many sheets use bleaches and dyes which are not only harmful to the planet, they are harmful to you.
Be aware of the following ‘tricks of the trade’ which could lead to you, unintentionally, spending your nights cuddling up to chemicals:
‘Wrinkle Free’ Bedding.
Sounds great. Really isn’t. This should be avoided at all costs as it will likely have been treated with formaldehyde resin, a toxic chemical.
Don’t Rely on Touch.
A common trick of the trade is to coat sheets with silicone, producing an irresistible soft feel at the point of sale. A few washes in, the silicone dissipates, leaving a fabric with a far less desirable hand feel.
Bamboo bedding. Sounds gorgeously sustainable and eco-friendly. In reality, a chemically intensive and environmentally unfriendly process which involves placing bamboo into a boiling vat of chemicals and extruding it as rayon. All the ‘bamboo’ qualities, such as being natural or antibacterial, are gone.
Don’t assume ‘organic cotton’ means an absence of nasties. While this means the fibres might have been grown organically, it doesn’t mean the fabric is processed without the use of chemicals. The only way to be 100% sure that no toxic chemicals have been used anywhere in the manufacturing process, is to look for Oeko-Tex certification.
We sleep better at night knowing our sheets are Oeko-Tex Certified. Not only does this mean that the products are better for you, they are also manufactured in a way that is better for the environment.