Why do we sometimes plant cotton

Why we use organic cotton

Green footprint thanks to organic cotton

If you have looked at the natural products from geborgenschlafen, you will have surely noticed that we use organic cotton (kbA) in many areas. Organic cotton is almost always used as the basis for mattress covers, blankets and pillowcases. It's not a coincidence!

Would we synthetic man-made fibershow to use polyester, unpleasant side effects such as static electricity would be the order of the day. But especially people who tend to sweat would get soaking wet at night, because synthetic fibers, like polyester do not absorb moisture and still promote sweating. It is often a question of price as to whether customers are interested in Natural products or choose synthetic materials. The chemical industry can produce synthetic fibers very cheaply and earns a lot from it even with cheap products. Cold foam vs. natural rubber is comparable here. In our organic mattresses, the mattress core is basically made of natural latex / natural rubber.

Speaking of moisture - high water consumption when growing cotton?

It is known that growing cotton requires relatively high water consumption. Is that correct? Cotton plantations in tropical and subtropical regions - i.e. where it rains a lot - often come without it additional watering are sufficiently saturated with water. In principle, however, this point of view must be viewed critically!

Sustainable

Organic cotton is definitely preferable to conventional cotton! We think of nature, but also of the harvest workers. Because large amounts of pesticides are used in the plantations. These Pesticides Not only harm to insects, but also to people. That is why we generally use GOTS cotton. The strict GOTS seal combines ecological and social aspects in cotton cultivation and is one of the strictest seals of this kind. In contrast to chemical fibers, one can use the organic cotton later dispose of without damaging the environment.
These advantages lead to a slightly higher price in the end product, which is absolutely justified when measured against the working conditions of the harvest workers and in further processing. Especially with the ecological alternative more acreage is required.
Even if the price of polluted natural fibers is lower, we do not see any sacrifices in purchasing the higher quality! On the contrary, we are heading in a direction that we would also like to see in other areas. That quality, environmental Protection and the workforce will be more respected again.

Popularity of the natural raw material

Since cotton can be used anywhere, it is becoming increasingly popular. You can wash hot, dye and it is very hard-wearing. It is very easy to care for and durable. That is why it is very often used in clothing.
in the dryer it pulls together a little - as you can occasionally see with jeans. From time to time you could also dry the cotton artificially, but this is recommended to protect the environment and to reduce power consumption natural drying.
Properties that are just as valued in the fashion world as they are in our sleeping area. Unfortunately that means Fashion industry often people in Asia, known as “seamstresses” in factories with the worst working conditions. You are exposed to a wide variety of chemicals, as mostly in the low-wage countries Pesticides and chemicals are used in textiles. Consumers should also pay attention! Wash these clothes thoroughly at least once before wearing! Because the leaves conventional cotton are injected with poison to make it easier to get at the Cotton fiber to get!
Even if the yields are lower and the purchase price rises, we fundamentally support them out of conviction Cotton plants from farmers who cultivate organic cotton. Sometimes the price for organic cotton isn't that much higher. Then the producers who exploit people and nature earn even more. Because from production to the end consumer, the big ones in the textile industry earn the most.

Our Organic bedding we manufacture here in Germany on healthy soil. All employees have good working conditions and a friendly working atmosphere here. And the existing ones Pests are fought with natural means. To that Groundwater not going to harm mostly no fertilizers used - and if they do, then only natural fertilizers. And Genetic engineering is certainly not used! We consistently implement these standards in all areas! Many reasons to think about the type, origin and biological aspects of the purchase when buying clothing and bedding!

Conclusion

Even if GOTS-certified organic cotton (kbA) has numerous advantages, such as fair treatment of the workers, fair payment for small farmers who extract and process the raw material, as well as the excellent properties of the natural material, we also have to see the downside . The high one Water consumption. Sure, water doesn't just go away, because the plants do evaporate water also again - it just comes into circulation again elsewhere. After all, the earth is a closed system in which water does not simply disappear. But we certainly agree that there are regions that are not suitable for growing cotton. In my opinion, one should pay more attention to the origin of the cotton - regardless of whether Organic or conventional! And I also take a critical view of the long journey from distant countries. Nevertheless, I would not switch to synthetic products or conventional cotton, which have a significantly higher impact on the environment.
Please keep this in mind when buying a new shirt in the summer. Do not buy in the clothing discounter and be glad that you have saved thirty percent. With these facts in mind, we'd love to pay a little more, right?

Your René Dornbusch from the geborgenschlafen team.