How One of the ‘Dirtiest’ Textiles Is Getting a Millennial Makeover

Think about this for a second!

Are your sheets killing you?

25% of the world’s pesticide use is on conventional cotton—which makes up the majority of our clothes and bedding.

According to Coyuchi [www.coyuchi.com]—pioneers in organic, sustainable home textiles—conventional cotton is one of the “dirtiest” textiles on Earth, and we shouldn’t be sleeping on it. 

There are 3 reasons why conventional cotton bedding is dangerous: 

>> WE’RE SLEEPING ON PESTICIDES

Cotton accounts for 25% of the world’s pesticide use, including 3 of the chemicals that are most hazardous to human health: aldicarb, parathion, and methamidophos. These toxic chemicals hurt the workers and farm communities where the cotton is grown and make their way into poisoning water supplies and then possibly into your bed. 

>> SWEET DREAMS OF HARMFUL DYES AND FORMALDEHYDE

Conventional cotton sheets are colored with toxic dyes that can rub off on skin. The permanent press finishes that are applied to conventional cotton sheets release formaldehyde, which has been associated with skin irritation and breathing problems. 

>> GM-NO

Conventional cotton is grown from GMO seeds, meaning they’ve been genetically modified from their natural state. The negative effects of changes to a crop’s toxic and allergenic properties and crop yields are largely unknown. GMO seeds can also be extremely costly to farmers and not yield the return they were promised leaving them in a great deal of debt.
Feel free to share Coyuchi’s Organic Cotton infographic, which shows how harmful non-organic cotton is to the environment—and to humans:


Source: Coyuchi

Green Your Home Part Two

GREEN YOUR BATHROOM

Fixture update:  Your bathroom is the biggest water hog in your house, accounting for half of all H20 used inside of a home. Protect this precious resource by seeking out faucets, showers, and toilets that carry the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense label. These environmentally friendly fixtures use about 20 percent less water than average to help you save 7,000 gallons of water annually (enough to wash 6 months’ worth of laundry). 
 Your bathroom is the biggest water hog in your house, accounting for half of all H20 used inside of a home. Protect this precious resource by seeking out faucets, showers, and toilets that carry the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense label. These environmentally friendly fixtures use about 20 percent less water than average to help you save 7,000 gallons of water annually (enough to wash 6 months’ worth of laundry). 

BREATHE IN THE FRESH AIR
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Plants such as Aloe can help filter out toxins in your air supply: This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. Aloe is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help heal cuts and burns.
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MAKE YOUR BEDROOM ORGANIC
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Go Organic Sheeting (and prepare to never go back): Coyuchi’s sheets are made of 100% organic cotton and use only natural fibers, all of which are produced using a nontoxic production process certified to either the OEKO-TEX standard or the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This means there are no toxic dyes, bleaches or finishes used to make conventional textiles. Coyuchi believes that fibers are best for us when kept closest to their natural state, and sheeting is one of the most important fibers we encounter.

CONNECT YOUR KITCHEN TO YOUR GARDEN
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Turn your food scraps into rich compost: Many people wouldn’t even think twice before throwing out their egg shells, banana peels, apple cores or peeled veggies. Taking your kitchen scraps and turning them into compost is an easy way to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we release into our environment. By composting, we can naturally add nutrients to soil allowing for the Earth to obtain more carbon.