My latest fascination?
Never mind the fact that we spend almost a third of our lives nuzzled between them, how much time and thought is spent on learning what goes into cotton bed sheets?
Literally. Yeah, literally.
I’m not kidding. I’m like a hypochondriac spending hours on WebMD. I’m so fascinated by the production process of cotton bed sheets, I just can’t stop researching it!
I’ve found stats like:
- 25% of the world’s pesticides are used to grow cotton.
- And 7% of the world’s the fertilizers are used in the production of cotton.
It’s crazy! I don’t know if I’ll ever look at cotton the same way!
Those don’t even include any stats on the chemicals and dyes used to colour cotton bed sheets. Or the wrinkle-free agents used that’ve been linked to cancer and respiratory illnesses.
It’s all mind-blowing stuff. And if you’re like me, once you start researching, you can’t stop.
So before this post takes an even darker turn to the underbelly of cotton production, I’ll just share that there’s a smarter, more sustainable alternative to bed sheets and bedding.
I’ll save you the trouble of doing the research, given the hours I’ve already invested. And I’ll also share that I’ve spent a night in bamboo bedsheets. Seven nights actually, and they not only look, smell and feel amazing, but I sleep better knowing they’re better for our planet, too.
Kyoto Threads is the brand I have at home. They’re the world’s first producer of plant-based bamboo bedsheets.
Like I said, they look and feel amazing. Kind of like sleeping in silk sheets, but softer, and firmer than silk. In a different kind of way.
It’s hard to explain actually, but the honest truth is, they really do feel amazing.
And at the end of the day, here’s why it’s worth sleeping in plant based bamboo bedsheets.
Sustainable. Free of toxic chemicals. Safe for the environment.
The debate: bamboo vs cotton.
Bamboo is sustainable, and can be woven into a super soft fabric, softer than silk in my opinion. It’s also one of the fastest growing natural resources on earth! Whodathunk?
There’s no poisonous pesticides or fertilizers used (that I’ve found), and bamboo grows without the need for petroleum-guzzling tractors. Bonus!
Additionally, bamboo doesn’t require replanting after harvesting. The roots continually sprout new stems which pull in sunlight and convert greenhouse gases into oxygen.
Conversely, cotton, that uses 25% of the world’s pesticides and 7% of the world’s fertilizers used to grow, also requires more water to produce, too.
And World WildLife, contends that current cotton production methods are environmentally unsustainable!
Cotton’s water usage + impact on Planet Earth.
– One pound of bamboo fabric requires 12 gallons of water to produce.
– One pound of cotton fabric requires 224 gallons of water to produce.
That’s over 200 times the amount, for JUST one pound!
So is there even a decision left to be made?
I’m telling you, this brief learning journey has been crazy-enlightening. Now that I have a set of bamboo bed sheets, part of me never wants to go back to cotton. A BIG part of me.
I mean, cotton is so widely used from T-shirts to bath towels. So like anything, it comes down to making informed decisions, and taking actions that can have a larger picture impact. Whether those are big or small.
Do any of you own a set of bamboo bedsheets? Did you know any of these stats on cotton?
Let me know if any of this is news to you! Or if I’m the only one who feels like I’ve been living in the dark on this crazy cotton production dark side?! Let me know in the comments below!
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick