Thursday, June 21, 2007

Why Organic Cotton? Another Simple Way.



My dear friend Nickie asked in my last post "What is the point of buying organic sheets?" Which is a very good question, my dear!

Conventionally grown cotton uses a lot of pesticides. I mean a lot. It's estimated that cotton pesticides are 25% of the world's uses of pesticides.

Why are pesticides bad outside of our food? Well, for one, it can leech into water.. cause cancer.. tons of nasty things you simply don't want to expose yourself to. And not to mention the harm it causes for the workers who have to work in those chemically sprayed cotton! :(

Organic cotton, much like organic produce is grown withOUT any pesticides, and it's all natural and just much better for the environment all around.

So when you can, get organic cotton stuff. I know it's 93583597 times more costly than regular cotton, but Earth will thank you for it.


Oh! And the Target sheets - while they feel nice, and they feel even nicer than they really are because it's organic cotton, I'm not head over heels about them. My regular old Egyptian cotton sheets felt better, but these feel a bit more serene to me too. I'm happy with the price though, and it seems the bamboo ones are really nice too so I'm wondering if I should get some... or should I just save my money?
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21 comments:

nicholei said...

Thank you Susan for that tip. I honestly did not know the hazards of sleeping with non organic sheets. It's crazy to think about! I think I will head to Target tomorrow. ;)

Valerie said...

don't forget about the nasty chemicals in the dyes that they use! organic cottons use natural dyes, not harmful to the environment, to you, or me!

Joleen said...

Hey Susan! We are trying to go green too. We use the word sustainability as often as we can. hehe We are teaching our daughter to put things in the recycling. She's so cute! Anyway, I was in CostCo and saw their Christmas stuff. I saw some wrapping paper that was pretty cute... wait a minute... not very sustainable! I was wondering if you have any ideas for sustainable gift wrapping. (Nothing to do with your sheets but I couldn't post under your dog comment.) ;) Take care!

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jonny said...

Hey Susan,

While it may not make great bedsheets, have you thought about buying wool clothes as a cheaper alternative to oragnic cotton? Not only do you avoid the hideous amounts of pesticides while being a lot cheaper but they tend to last much longer too, meaning you don't need to replace them so often. We've written an article on it here - Wool: The answer to killer cotton? - please take a look and let us know your thoughts!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy reading your blog, it always has great insight. But I am very frustrated with the fact that so few people are talking about presidential candidates and their thoughts on global warming. Now that it is down to just a few candidates I would think that this would be a bigger issue.

Live Earth just picked up this topic and put out an article ( http://www.liveearth.org/news.php ) live earth is also asking why the presidential candidates are not being solicited for their stance on the issue of the climate change. I just saw a poll on www.EarthLab.com that says people care a lot about what their next leader thinks of global warming. Does anyone know of another poll or other results about this subject?

Here is the page where I saw the EarthLab poll: http://www.earthlab.com/life.aspx. This is a pretty legit website; they are endorsed by Al Gore and the alliance for climate protection and they have a carbon footprint calculator. Does anyone have a strong opinion about this like I do? No matter what your political affiliation is or who you vote for this is an important issue for our environment, our economy and for homeland security.

adrian2514 said...

Hey thanks for the great blog, I love this stuff. I don’t usually do much for Earth Day but with everyone going green these days, I thought I’d try to do my part.

I am trying to find easy, simple things I can do to help stop global warming (I don’t plan on buying a hybrid). Has anyone seen that www.EarthLab.com is promoting their Earth Day (month) challenge, with the goal to get 1 million people to take their carbon footprint test in April? I took the test, it was easy and only took me about 2 minutes and I am planning on lowering my score with some of their tips.

I am looking for more easy fun stuff to do. If you know of any other sites worth my time let me know.

MEL said...

I need to get some of those! They will be so comfortable with my organic cotton pajamas from Maggie's Organics. Get yourself some loungewear ON SALE at www.maggiesorganics.com

Pesticide-free sleep. No better way.

jack said...

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natalie said...

I think this is a great idea. The idea of going organic in all facets of our lives, including sleep, makes a ton of sense. Now that it's all becoming more mainstream, you're going to see more organic stuff being sold at the Target's of the world.

Cheryl said...

I never thought about how non-organic sheets cause harm, but now that you posted this it seems like common sense. And a tip, I tried the bamboo sheets and was NOT pleased with them.

-Cheryl
organic body care

Gagner de Argent said...

It is a sure deal that I am going to purchase some of these as Christmas presents!

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Thanks for the tip. Nowadays organic are in demand because they causes a small amount of danger to our health and to the environment/

ECC said...

Very true, cotton is one of the top producers of chemicals, it's crazy to think that we wear it, sleep on it and wrap ourselves in it daily.. Small shifts lead to big ones.. And I will have to check out the sheet section in my local Target! thanks

solid wood furniture said...

My cotton is very white and fruitful. I am planting eco friendly cotton.

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I never knew that cotton was grown with such high levels of pesticides! Thanks for the information.

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