Why should you care if our cotton is organic?
It’s nearly impossible to image an easy life without cotton and few people realise that it’s the most used fibre in the world! It is so versatile that we use it to dry us, sleep in, wear it and rely on its many uses around the household.
Every part of the cotton plant is used. The long fibres are used to make cloth and the short fibres are used for paper. Cottonseed oil is made from the seeds, and all the other parts of the plant are used as cattle feed.
Cotton grows in subtropical areas and the biggest cotton-growing countries in the world are Australia, India, Pakistan, China and the USA.
Let’s talk about pollution
Because cotton is a natural fibre, it has the image of being natural and pure, but conventionally grown cotton, nothing could not be further from the truth.
Conventional cotton farming takes a tremendous toll on the environment, mainly because of its heavy use of pesticides. According to 'Organic Authority', the cotton industry is the most pesticide-intensive crop grown on the planet and uses the most dangerous pesticides to human and animal health.
Why are pesticides used?
Cotton is a thirsty plant and also vulnerable to attacks from pests and insects, so many modern farming techniques opt to try and combat this with chemicals. In fact, while cotton covers only 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land, it accounts for 24% of the world’s insecticide market and 11% of sale of global pesticides. The pesticide run-off from rain and flooding can also cause toxic issue with ground water and contaminated stock feed.
A recently report by the 'Soil Association' which states that switching to organic could reduce the global warming impact of cotton production by 46%. It would also reduce consumption of fresh water by more than 90% and energy use by over 60%.
With global demand for cotton set to increase by 15% per year, there are clear advantages for finding cleaner ways to produce this staple product.
Organic sounds great…but what’s the catch?
An India study found that organic cotton yielded just 14% less than non-organic so they get less cotton per paddock. Organic cotton farms also have to grow other crops besides cotton, which means that they are more self-sufficient and profitable. Organic cotton also needs to be grown in a high rainfall or monsoon climate so as not to need year round irrigation. Unfortunately Australian grown cotton is mainly farmed using conventional techniques. Organic cotton farming is small in Australia but we hope to see it grow in popularity in the coming years with the demand from the educated consumer.
So what are we doing?
Here at Sheets on the Line, we produce all our cotton bed linen to the highest organic certification possible: GOTS (Global Organic Textiles Standard) is regarded the pinnacle of thoughtfully made textiles that include fair working conditions, no GM (Genetically modified) seeds, no pesticides or herbicides. All of the dying processes are low impact and packaging to the high eco standard. All of our products are lovingly grown and produced by the highest quality producers of textiles in India.
So how’s it feel?
Sheets on the Line uses long staple organic cotton that is woven into a sateen fabric that feels so soft and silky against your skin. This is the sort of luxury you will enjoy day to day with our bed sheets and quilt covers.
We guarantee that you will love these or your money back with our 30-day easy returns policy, so rest assured that we take your sleep and comfort seriously.