Updated: May 22, 2018
Consumers are growing more conscious of who makes their clothes - but who is making the textiles in your bed sheets, curtains, rugs, and towels? The same concepts and initiatives of the fashion revolution can be directly applied to your home interior. We offer products and seek out companies like COYUCHI, that are transparent about their manufacturing practices.
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You might've noticed that there is a FASHION REVOLUTION happening across nations resulting into positive change in the industry. In the past few decades we started caring about the way our clothing is sourced, manufactured, and produced. A of awareness has brought positive changes to the fashion industry. We see the same problems that are applicable in home textiles and goods, however nobody seems to be talking about these.
At least not until now!
LEARN TO SAY NO TO CHEMICALS
The chemicals used to grow, dye, launder and treat our textiles end up polluting rivers. A huge amount of water is used to produce goods through growing cotton and through wet processing, such as dyeing and laundering. U.S. textile industry is the 5th largest contributor to CO2 emissions in the United States and clothing accounts for around 3% of global production of CO2 emissions. Approximately 75 million people work to make our goods and the average hourly pay ranges from $0.60-$2.00 in the major manufacturing countries.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH PESTICIDES?
Pesticides and fertilizers used by non organic harvesting methods can poison lakes, rivers and waterways. This can contaminate more than the cotton in our clothes, but our drinking water, food, and animals too. These pesticides are linked to serious medical issues from respiratory problems to cancer and constant contact with these chemicals put both cotton growers and cotton consumers at high health risk.
IS ORGANIC BETTER?
Organic cotton farms use growing systems that replenish and maintain soil fertility, without the use of toxic pesticides or fertilizers, using far less water too. Practices such as beneficial insect releases, strip cutting of alfalfa and new weeding machine technologies help reduce the environmental impact of cotton crops.
Third-party organizations certify that organic cotton farms use only these approved methods and do not spray toxic chemicals on their crops.
We spend a lot of time in our linens. If the average person sleeps for eight hours each night, at the end of a year we will have spent 2,920 hours under the covers - that is a third of our year! Those with chemical sensitivities can find that products such as non-organic sheets will cause skin or respiratory reactions.
Organic cotton products are hypoallergenic largely due to the lack of chemical additives, which promote healthier sleep and living. Brands like Coyuchi have committed themselves to thoughtfully designed goods that are friendly to people and the planet and adhere to strict manufacturing standards.
The heightened awareness of sustainable fashion is incredibly important and finally becoming apart of mainstream conversations. We should now challenge ourselves to think bigger and broaden the conversation to include sustainable home design and living as well.
First sleep with care, then DESIGN \\' CARE :)