These days you see the label “organic” on your bed linen a lot, but what does that really mean? And how do you know if you’re really getting a product that is 100% organic? Organic technically means “relating to, or derived from living organisms.” This means that there may be some organic fibres in your bed linen but a number of nasty chemicals as well. So how can you tell the difference between something that is partially organic, or 100% organic?
Products that are truly organic are labelled “certified organic”. Here at sheets on the line, we can proudly say that all of our bed linen is Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified. GOTS certifications are recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.
With GOTS certifications, products must be made from 70%-95% organic fibres, with the remaining percentage being made up of sustainable regenerated fibres or recycled synthetic fibres. The processing of the organic fibres must be separated from conventional fibres at all times and they must be free from any nasty chemicals as well as stringent procedures to minimise waste. There is a full record of the use of chemicals, energy, water consumption and wastewater treatment, and the disposal of sludge and wastewater from all processing must be treated in a functional waste water treatment plant. In addition to this, all packaging material must be PVC free and all swing tags must be made from organic or recycled cardboard/paper.
So when you shop with us you know you’re getting exactly what we say it is - lovely 100% GOTS certified organic goodness.