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Heading: Go Organic in the Bedroom

by Lesley-Ann Trow

Published in Eco Living Magazine

Pullquote: The Bamboo used for making fabric is called Moso, and is not the same species as the Panda’s eat as their staple diet.

Everyday, we’re exposed to a cocktail of toxins from the air we breathe, the food we eat, and in the personal care products and cosmetics we use. With our busy and demanding modern lifestyles, our rest and recuperation time would ideally be spent in the most favourable surroundings to have the maximum effect on our mind, body & soul. Switching to organic bedding could see you waking feeling refreshed and with more energy to take on your day.

Did you know it takes half a kilo of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers to make one cotton sheet? I nearly fell over the first time I heard that figure. This was at a time when you couldn’t just stop by your local shops and easily find organic products. Thank goodness all that has changed.

Certified organic cotton and organic bamboo fabric are both superb options for linen. They’re both incredibly comfortable against your skin, high quality and durable. As these two fibres have increased in popularity in the last few years, the prices have fallen into line with the average price of good quality bedding.

Certified, and I’d urge you to check for certification of the brand you purchase, organic cotton actually gets stronger and softer with time so with proper care your sheets will be more durable and actually last longer than non-organic cotton sheets. Much of the certified organic cotton available in Australia is grown in India. The Indian climate is more suited to cotton growing than Australia’s and it also gives Australian companies the opportunity to invest in the future of a third world country in an ethical manner. There are standards in place to ensure workers aren’t exploited and communities can prosper through commercial means rather than being dependant on charity.

Certified organic cotton is currently being used to produce sheets, towels, baby wraps and clothing. When it comes to towels, I’ve noticed my organic cotton towels dry my skin noticeably faster than non-organic cotton. Babies, children and adults with sensitive skin will find relief by sleeping on organic cotton linen. Ecolinen are the first Australian owned company to have all steps from ‘seed to sheet’ certified organic.

In addition to organic cotton, bamboo is a popular sustainable option for linen and clothing. Bamboo can be grown very successfully without the use of pesticides and fertilisers and uses much less water than traditionally grown cotton.

The Bamboo used for making fabric is called Moso, and is not the same species as the Panda’s eat as their staple diet. Bamboo grows quickly; it uses limited water and doesn’t require replanting to produce a new crop. It’s easy to see why it’s fast becoming the sustainable alternative to many fibres.

If you have allergies, eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis then you’ll help relieve symptoms by sleeping on sheets that have not been chemically treated. Give yourself the best chance to rest and recuperate or just enjoy the softness and durability of organic cotton and bamboo.

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