Why organic cotton bedding and clothing?
Cotton makes up 50 percent of the world's fiber needs, but the majority of it is grown with toxic chemicals. Growing conventional cotton requires the use of enormous amounts of pesticides, about 25 percent of the world's insecticide use and more than 10 percent of the world's pesticide goes to cotton crops which has a huge environmental impact and presents health risks for those working around it and you.
With so many products made from cotton like the clothes you wear, the sheets you sleep on, the diapers you put on your baby and even some of the food you eat, we are all exposed to these chemicals at some point. And Pesticides don't just land on crops, they make their way into groundwater which is drinking water for 60 percent of Americans. The health risks of pesticide exposure include birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weaker immune systems.
Last year, researchers found a relationship between pesticide exposure and the most common form of childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Researchers have tied pesticide exposure to an increased risk of lymphoma and Parkinson's disease in all ages, and a study published late last year found a connection between insecticides and the autoimmune diseases lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the United States, and the second leading cause of death (exceeded only by accidents) of children.
Why sustainable furniture?
Sustainable furniture is produced in a way that has no harm on the environment and your health.
Non-sustainable furniture emits chemicals into the air that cause indoor air pollution. Furniture manufacturers typically use finishes, paints, adhesives and other chemicals that contribute significantly to indoor air pollution. This pollution is caused by off-gassing, a process of emitting chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. And the bonding agents used in furniture made of pressed woods (like particle board) often have high formaldehyde content. These toxins have been linked to many illnesses and allergies, and they leach out into the air we breathe.
Furniture-grade wood is often sourced from tropical rainforests. Not only are some of the most diverse forests destroyed in the process (over 80% of the world's old growth trees have already been razed) but also the great biodiversity they support. Sustainable Furniture helps keep our planet clean from different pollutants through reforestation. It is made with trees that grow faster than most other trees. Sustainable furniture is made and disposed in a way that is beneficial to our earth.