When it comes to looking for the perfect bedding for you and your family, I highly recommend you avoid bedding made with synthetic materials.
Not only do synthetics, as well as down bedding, fail to help your body thermo-regulate properly (in other words, they don't keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter), they can also pose a real health risk to you and your family.
Many popular manmade fabrics used to create sheets, comforter covers and pillowcases are made of, and/or contain, harsh or dangerous chemicals, such as fire-retardant chemicals.
Since the 1970s, fire-retardant chemicals have been added to furniture and bedding material. Studies have shown that flame retardants are highly toxic whether they're on fire or not.
Here are some of the startling facts behind the use of these toxic flame retardants:
- An estimated 90% of Americans are exposed to fire-retardant chemicals. These retardants, found in furniture and bedding, don't just "stay put;" they migrate out and collect in house dust.
- Flame retardants have been identified as one of 17 high-priority chemical groups that should be avoided to reduce the risk of certain health issues common in women.
- They also produce more toxic smoke when they burn. Firefighters may experience higher health risks in part because of their exposure to high levels of dioxins and furans.
There's also a lack of solid evidence to suggest these chemicals actually work when it comes to protecting you and your family when a fire occurs.
So how do you avoid these toxic chemicals in bedding you buy? Unfortunately, you won't see chemicals like polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) listed because manufacturers are not required to disclose their use.
The answer is to look for bedding made without synthetics and from manufacturers who guarantee flame-retardant chemicals were not unnecessarily added into the product. Because of this, I recommend only two bedding materials.
Why Wool is One of Your Best Choices for Bedding
When you want the ultimate sleep experience while avoiding toxic flame retardants, why not treat yourself to our longest standing bedding recommendation – wool. In recent studies, wool has been shown to outperform both down and synthetic bedding.
But not all wool bedding is necessarily top notch. The quality out there is pretty much all over the map. That's why our team scoured the world to find what we believe are the best quality wool comforters, pillows and mattress pads for you.
Unlike other wool bedding, our SITO American Wool Bedding:
- Is never treated with harmful chemical processes like carbonization and sulfuric acid. Because wool is naturally flame-resistant, no flame retardants like PBDEs are ever used.
- Uses only the best grade of wool. With three main grades of wool – fine, coarse and medium – it's important you choose a medium grade for your bedding because of its warmth, loft, durability and comfort.
- Makes use of cotton coverings to guarantee superior quality through and through.
- Incorporates locally produced American wool. Rather than importing wool from overseas, this mill believes in supporting local ranchers and farmers who hand tie our wool every nine inches.
The mill uses a special traditional technique that keeps the humidity in the processing rooms at 80%. With such high humidity, there’s never a need for spinning oil because there's no static electricity buildup. In fact, this mill has been running some of its machines since it opened in the late 1800s.
Additionally, SITO American Wool Comforters and American Wool Pillows are exclusively made with an organic cotton shell.
Organic Cotton: Better for You, the Farmers and the Environment
The purest form of cotton, organic cotton is grown without dangerous pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, chemicals, fertilizers, defoliants, sewage sludge and genetically engineered seeds.
Certified Organic farmers grow organic cotton with the help of natural fertilizers, beneficial insects and innovative weeding techniques. These systems replenish and maintain soil fertility while enhancing biodiversity to protect air and water.
The systems used in producing organic cotton are better for farmers, the soil, water supplies, animals and insects.
Organic cotton also:
- Utilizes non-GE seeds that haven’t been treated with fungicides or pesticides.
- Reduces the environmental footprint by using about 71% less water and 62% less energy.
- Helps reduce reliance on local water sources because plants are 80% rain-fed.
- Reduces field emissions from fertilizer, as well as nitrogen and phosphorus deposits into water.
- Increases soil protection by helping prevent erosion.
- Promotes safe work and better livelihoods for farmers.
When you buy organic cotton, you are supporting cleaner air, water conservation efforts, improved soils and a better life for farmers.
The Seal of Organic Authenticity with GOTS
All cotton sold as organic in the U.S. must meet strict federal regulations regarding the type of seeds used and how the cotton is grown and processed.
So how can you be sure what you buy is really organic cotton?
Just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets standards for organic food, Global Organic Textile Standards, or GOTS, provides third-party certification for the organic textile industry.
GOTS oversees the growing, processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading and distribution of all textiles made with at least 70% certified organic fiber.
Like organic food standards, a textile product carrying the GOTS Organic seal must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers, while one with the “made with organic” label must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fiber.
GOTS-certified textiles must be produced without conventional cotton’s pesticides, bioengineered ingredients, formaldehyde, chlorine bleaches, heavy metals or other harsh chemicals detrimental to humans and the environment.
When you buy certified organic cotton, you don’t need to wonder if it’s the "real deal." GOTS guarantees it.
That’s why we use only GOTS organic cotton in the cotton shells of our SITO American Wool Comforters and American Wool Pillows.
Treat Yourself to Your Best Sleep Ever
When it comes to optimal comfort, health and the highest-quality sleep, it's important you take time to create a welcoming and relaxing sleep environment.
However, creating a sleep environment that's safe from toxic chemicals is just as crucial. With the dangers of synthetics and other materials being treated with risky flame retardants, there’s simply no better solution than wool.
Our SITO Wool Bedding includes comforters, available in all sizes from twin to king, and pillows in standard and king sizes.
Optimize your sleep quality and overall health by nestling into our wool bedding. Order your set today.