What Is Toxic Bedding?
On a global scale the demand for cotton is enormous. Because of this, farmers will do everything they can to ensure the safety of their crop. You will be surprised to learn that cotton growing covers 2.5% of the worlds cultivated land and cotton growers use 16% of the world’s pesticides. The majority of these pesticides are deemed moderately, to highly dangerous to humans. Alarming for us is that these chemicals have been embedded into the plant and therefore into the fabric made from that plant and in turn into toxic bedding.
Pesticides aren’t the only cause for concern. Synthetic dyes are often used to colour cotton bedding. As well as this, bedding is usually doused in chemicals to ensure that it arrives to us wrinkle free, therefore, without even knowing it you could be sleeping in toxic bedding.
Mystery Skin Ailments? It Could Be Your Toxic Bedding
Your skin is the largest organ of absorption and elimination. Therefore, try to remember that what goes onto your skin goes into your body. Your bedding may not be the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about removing toxins from your life, but it should definitely be considered.
If you are suffering from a mystery skin ailment or invisible illness that won’t go away, you could start by detoxing your bedroom. Try moving to organic bedding and see if any positive change occurs. Organic bedding contains a low-toxin count, also the natural fibre has a less irritable texture, so it is ideal for allergy or eczema sufferers.
The cotton produced by organic farmers is pure and unadulterated as they don’t use chemicals in the growing process. The organic growing process is also more sustainable than conventional farming methods. Conventional farming uses pesticides that can leach into the environment affecting groundwater, air, soil and wildlife. Conventional farming methods can also have an adverse affect on the farmers’ health as the chemicals are often breathed in during the farming process.
Minimise the effect of chemicals on your body
There are things that you can do to minimise the effects of non-organic bedding chemicals on your body. For a start, read the labels on products. If something is described as Wrinkle free, Easy care, Shrinkage-free, it usually means that the bedding was left to soak in formaldehyde during the finishing process. Formaldehyde produces a long list of potential hazards including, but not limited to, coughing, wheezing, watery eyes and skin irritation. In view of its widespread use, formaldehyde poses a risk to the health of humans. The US toxicology program went so far as to describe formaldehyde as a “known human carcinogen” (NTP).
If a move to organic bedding is something you want to do but is not currently on your radar, remember that it doesn’t have to be a big bang approach. You can opt to replace old bedding items with organic ones as the old ones wear out. You will therefore have less of an outlay cost. If you do decide to make the switch to organic bedding, we believe that you won’t regret the decision.
At House of March we want everyone to have a chemical-free sleep devoid of toxic bedding. For this reason we make our bedding from unadulterated, organic cotton, grown by organically certified farmers. If you buy from House of March, you can sleep easy knowing you will be sleeping in the softest, purest cotton.
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