Do you know that you spend 50 hours a week in your bed?
That's a third of your life and, in relation to children, considerably more!
The quality of the bed linen plays a central role in ensuring a good night's sleep. Organic cotton bed linen should be the first choice for you and your children when buying online.
I'll explain why here:
Cotton regulates temperature and moisture
Organic cotton ensures an optimal sleeping climate as it allows air to circulate. It is extremely breathable, ie it absorbs moisture very well and transports it to the outside. In addition to the positive moisture-regulating properties of cotton, it also has very good temperature regulation. This gives you a natural feeling of sleep without sweating.
Organic cotton bedding is equally suitable for both summer and winter. On the one hand, the smooth, soft fabric cools you down in summer, on the other hand, it keeps you pleasantly warm, even on cooler days.
Cotton is a durable natural product
Organic cotton is an absolutely natural product and is therefore one of the renewable raw materials. As a pure natural fiber, cotton is completely biodegradable.
In contrast, plastic fibers contribute significantly to microplastic pollution. According to a study by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 35 percent of the microplastics in the world's oceans are caused by synthetic textile fibers.
Cotton also performs well in other properties. It is very durable and resistant. And the cotton is also easy to care for, because it can simply be machine washed.
Organic cotton is not genetically modified
The Munich Environmental Institute has researched that almost 70% of the conventional cotton produced worldwide comes from genetically modified plants.
But why is cotton genetically modified to this extent?
On the one hand, resistance of the cotton plant to cotton pests (e.g. the bollworm) is achieved. Another goal is an increased tolerance of the plant to the intensive use of herbicides. While all the other plants around die off, the cotton plant "survives".
If cotton is grown as part of organic farming, the use of genetically modified plants is prohibited!
Rather, local types of cotton are used. As a result, this leads to autonomy from the fertilizer and pesticide manufacturers for many small farmers. Independence from the seed producers is also strengthened, since the farmers can often save on the very expensive seed by obtaining it from the seeds of their own plants.
The cultivation of organic cotton also supports small farm structures.
The cotton plant is "very thirsty"
Cotton requires a lot of water to grow. According to W WF, an average of 11,000 liters of water are required for 1 kilo of cotton. Almost half of the water is actually absorbed by the plants, the rest evaporates or seeps away from leaking channels.
Organic cotton uses significantly less water
Of course, organic cotton plants also consume a lot of water. Nevertheless, they require significantly less than conventionally grown cotton.
More organic substances are added to the soil of the organic plantations. As a result, they have a thicker layer of humus, which better retains moisture in the soil. The type of irrigation by drip and furrow irrigation is more efficient and water-saving. In addition, local cotton species are better adapted to the climate than genetically modified plants and have a lower water requirement on their own.
The statements as to how much water is actually saved through organic cultivation of cotton vary greatly, depending on the source and the countries considered. A study commissioned by the Textile Exchange organization in 2014 found that organically grown cotton uses 91% less water than conventional farming methods.
As you make your bed, so you lie!
There is more to this ancient wisdom than meets the eye. Find out more here how sustainably produced bed linen can affect your personal health and especially the health of your children.
We at Surfing Gorilla produce children's bed linen exclusively from organic cotton according to the GOTS standard.