If you had to choose one room to be 100% chemical free it would be the bedroom. In recent years we have all become more aware of the millions of harmful toxins and chemicals used in our foods, our beverages, our household cleaners, our beauty products and so many others. Many of us have worked hard to switch over to healthy brands that avoid the use of these harmful toxins and chemicals.
One of the industries that hosts many chemicals and toxins is unfortunately the bedding and mattress industry. One of the worst is the foam mattress trend. Polyurethane foam mattresses are known to off-gas and have been linked to health issues such as respiratory illnesses and chronic migraines.
With bedding one of the most chemically created sheets are labelled as "wrinkle-free" and "wrinkle resistant". For your bedding you always want to be sleeping in a 100% natural fibre. Yes, natural fibres are prone to wrinkling but wrinkles never hurt anybody and chemicals do.
When we were creating Rain and Rowe we looked into the bedding industry in detail. We found out many interesting things that drove us to offering our 100% eco-friendly cotton.
#1: Organic Doesn't Always Mean Chemical Free
We all may be driven to purchasing healthy eco-friendly "organic cotton". However making sure that the cotton used is actually grown in a certified organic field is important. You also need to make sure that chemical softeners, coatings and treatments are not used during the production process. Yes your cotton may be organic but is your production process? Also look for 100% organic cotton, as some manufacturers may label their products "organic cotton" but be including less than 5% of true organic cotton.
#2: Dyes and Pigments
Coloured, printed and patterned bedding is created using dyes. You want to make sure you are purchasing your bedding from a reputable company that puts your health first.
#3 Stone Washing or Laundered Products
Some may love the look of stonewashed linens, I know I do. To create these worn in linens the fabric is washed with natural pumice stones in big industrial washers. This allows the fabric to become worn in and provides a softer feel. Buyer beware when purchasing these "stonewashed" linens as they are weaker, less durable and will not last as many washes as regular linens. Also always make sure no chemicals are used during the process to soften the sheets.
Our OEKO-TEX Certification
All of our products are OEKO-TEX Certified. This is a reputable global certification that tests textiles throughout the entire production process to make sure that no harmful chemicals or toxins are used.
From their website:
- Important legal regulations, such as banned Azo colourants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, nickel, etc.
- Numerous harmful chemicals, even if they are not yet legally regulated.
- Requirements of Annexes XVII and XIV of the European Chemicals Regulation REACh as well as of the ECHA SVHC Candidate List insofar as they are assessed by expert groups of the OEKO-TEX® Association to be relevant for fabrics, textiles, garments or accessories. Discussions and developments that are considered to be relevant are taken into account as quickly and effectively as possible through updates to the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® requirements.
- Requirements from the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regarding lead.
- Numerous also environmentally relevant substance classes