Are there hidden chemicals in your bedding? You’d be surprised how many bedding manufacturers make their bed sheets using toxic bleaches, dyes and chemicals which are not only harmful to the planet, they are harmful to you *shudder*.
We investigate the tricks of the bedding trade, which could lead to you unintentionally spending your nights cuddling up with harmful chemicals…
‘Wrinkle Free’ Bedding
Sounds great, right? Truth is, it really isn’t. Wrinkle-free bedding should be avoided at all costs (unless you want to potentially be hopping into bed with formaldehyde - a toxic chemical).
Allergy symptoms of formaldehyde resin include itchy eyes, headaches, wheezing and ironically – fatigue. To put this chemical into perspective – it’s also used in nail polish, insulation materials and glue. It’s certainly not something you want, or expect, to be spooning with at night.
Look out for the label ‘Permanent Press’ which is an indication your bedding may have been treated with formaldehyde to keep it ‘wrinkle free’.
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 but in reality, the manufacturing process is chemically intensive and environmentally unfriendly.
Bamboo is placed into a boiling vat of chemicals before it is extruded as rayon – a man-made fabric blended from cotton, wood pulp (in this case bamboo) and other synthetic fibres. After which, most of the ‘bamboo’ qualities, such as being natural or antibacterial, are gone.
Not quite the eco-delight it first sounds!
So, you’ve gone out and bought a beautiful set of organic bed linen. Surely there are no harmful chemicals to worry about, right? Not quite…
There are different stages involved in the manufacturing of cotton products:
- The growing of the crop
- The process of turning the cotton into a finished product - in our case bedding
Don’t assume ‘organic cotton’ means an absence of nasties. Whilst the ‘organic’ label ensures the fibres have been grown organically, it doesn’t guarantee the cotton has been processed into bedding without the use of harmful chemicals.
We pride ourselves on our environmental and ethical credentials. That’s why we sleep better at night knowing our luxury bedding is Oeko-Tex Certified and made responsibly in Portugal. Not only does this mean that our bed sheets are better for you, they are manufactured in a way that is better for the environment too.
Ready to curl up in those super soft bed sheets?