Why Today's Educated Consumer Chooses Organic Cotton:
Freedom from chemicals and the consequent off-gassing that can produce fumes inhaled during sleep.
Luxurious "hand" — softness that is incomparable for people with sensitive skin.
Absorbance and breathability, which maximize air circulation and minimize perspiration.
Superior resiliency in shape, color, and texture.
Organic cotton provides an excellent return on your investment. Quality begets quality.
Sources:Sleeptek, The Organic Trade Association, aboutorganiccotton.org
Cotton grown in industrialized countries is typically heavily treated with pesticides and herbicides. The plants, of course, absorb these poisons through their leaves and drink them in from the contaminated soil, until the entire plant is infused with toxins. It is estimated that less than 10% of the chemicals applied to cotton are accomplishing their tasks, the rest are absorbed into the plant, air, soil, water, and eventually, our bodies.
Conventional fabric and textile production rely on chemicals—conventionally grown cotton consumes approximately 25% of the insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides used in the world. A conventional cotton farmer uses about one third of a pound of hazardous chemical fertilizers and pesticides to grow the one pound of cotton needed for a t-shirt.
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production.
Turkey, India, China, Syria, Peru, Uganda, Tanzania, Isreal, the United States, and Pakistan are the top ten organic cotton producing countries in the world, according to Organic Exchange.
About our manufacturers, sourcing, harvesting and processing of organic cotton:
SLEEPTEK, the manufacturer of the Green Sleep and Oasis lines, sources and buys only hand-picked, chemical-free cotton. The cotton used for bedding and sleep system lines is cultivated in centuries-old traditional cooperatives in the Cañete and Chincha valleys high in the Peruvian Andes. No herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers are used to control plant growth, fight pests, or fertilize the crop. No synthetic defoliants are used to strip the leaves in preparation for the harvest or during the manufacturing process. Moreover, hand-picking ensures the resulting cotton fibers are the cleanest, purest, most resilient available—far superior to those found in the average mattress and foundation.
In Germany and Switzerland, under the highest quality-control and environmental standards, the raw cotton fiber is woven into fine, soft fabrics.
Sleeptek proudly uses only KRAV-certified organic cotton in all of their products. The KRAV Sweden stamp of approval, the oldest and most valued guarantee of organic standards, is respected by cotton producers and buyers around the world.