I’ll take cotton sheets over their synthetic sisters in a heartbeatbut the thought of all those pesticides used on cotton crops has been elbowing me in the psyche lately. Looking for organic cotton bedding, I found these instead and couldn’t believe my skin when I first slipped into a set of such soothing, eco-friendly sheets. So soft, so supple, so sustainable.
Who would have thought that bambooyes, bamboo!could be spun into such a miracle fiber. The resulting textile is durable and strong, and its resilience allows for superb color retention through multiple washings. It has excellent wicking properties and dries faster than cotton, which results in decreased odor accumulation. It is even hypoallergenic and antibacterial. Performance aside, it is the feel of the textile that leaves me swooningsleek and silky beyond compare. This is how I imagine one million thread count cotton sheets might feel, but with a better conscience.
According to the Organic Consumers Association, cotton is the most toxic crop on the planet. (If you are utterly devoted to your non-organic cotton sheets, you may want to skip this paragraph!) Cotton crops account for more than 25 percent of all the insecticides and 12 percent of all the pesticides used in the world. And these aren’t in the “gentle” category of toxinswe’re talking some of the worst of the worst. As found in an EPA report, in California (one of the only states to require pesticide-use reports) 12 of the top 15 pesticides used for cotton caused birth defects, 10 caused multiple birth defects, and 13 were toxic or very toxic to fish or birds or both. Yikes. If that isn’t bad enough, cotton crops generally use up to seven times more fertilizer than they do pesticides. Cotton fertilizers are best known for spoiling the air and polluting rivers, groundwater basins, and aquifers everywhere the crop is grown. Bamboo, on the other hand, is rapidly renewable and flourishes naturally without the use of pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers.
Enough said, right? So let’s just cut to the chase here, and sleep a little easier:
100% Bamboo Sheets
Bamboo/Cotton Blend Sheets
By Melissa Breyer, Producer, Care2 Green Living.