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More Reasons To Buy Organic: Supporting Factories Doing Good


If you’ve experienced our soft, luxe, lightweight sheets, you might think “organic” is just about better bedding. But choosing organic textiles does more than just give you a good night’s sleep. Here’s a look at our series on reasons to go organic—starting with how it supports factories consciously striving to make their manufacturing process as eco-minded as their products.

1. BUY ORGANIC TO SUPPORT FACTORIES THAT: PRIORITIZE CLEANER WATER

The Big Picture:
In the textile industry, we use dyes to create the color and personality you love in your sheets, duvets, comforters, and pillows. Conventional dyes, however, are toxic—and can not only harm the factory workers handling them, but can also enter our waterways along with the other unsafe chemicals like formaldehyde, heavy metals, and bleaches commonly used in processing.

How We Support Cleaner Water:
Under the Canopy selects factories who use low-impact dyes that have minimal impact on the environment and require less rinsing in the production process, as well as factories who use the ETP (Effluent Treatment Plant) waste water treatment method, which removes hazardous chemicals to generate safe, clean, and reusable water.

How You Can Support It, Too:
Look for the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® mark to confirm if an item you’re buying uses low-impact dyes and is free from toxic chemicals. OEKO-TEX® prohibits the use of substances proven to harmful to human health, and even some that remain unregulated by the government.


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2. BUY ORGANIC TO SUPPORT FACTORIES THAT: EMPLOY SUSTAINABLE FARMERS

The Big Picture:
When it comes to bedding, there’s no doubt that cotton is the world’s preferred material. But organic cotton farming actually produces healthier soil than conventional cotton farming, plus it prohibits the use of GMOs, pesticides, and toxic chemicals. This healthier step helps prevents harmful runoff, which keeps the waterways and drinking water clean for the surrounding areas.

How We Support Sustainable Farmers:
We work with factories who source organic cotton grown by farms using methods that promote the fertility and natural recycling of the land…without the use of artificial pesticides and harmful fertilizers.

How You Can Support It, Too:
Does a textile item claim to use organic cotton? First, inspect its labeling for the “Global Organic Textile Standard.” GOTS certifies its organic status, from the harvesting of the raw materials at the farm, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing. No GOTS label? Check a company’s website to see if they explain how they source the cotton. For example, we chose to use 100% HomeGrown® organic cotton—responsibly sourced from small farms in the U.S.—for our Organic Sheet Set. You can see those details, along with other info on how our essential bedding is made, right here.


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3. BUY ORGANIC TO SUPPORT FACTORIES THAT: VALUE TRANSPARENCY

The Big Picture:
Let’s face it: It’s easier to trust a factory when it’s open and upfront about how and with whom it conducts business. And this is especially true in the business of organic goods— where, unfortunately, it’s still a bit too easy to use the word “organic” to describe a non-food item. (There are fewer regulations, making it more difficult to identify what is truly organic!)

How We Support Transparency:
In addition to our own third-party certifications, we partner with factories who follow an end-to-end traceability process called Wel-Trak™. When you see a textile product with the Wel-Trak™ label, it means you can trace its journey every step of the way, from the fields of cotton on the farm right through the supply chain and into your hands. It verifies that your purchase is an environmentally safe product that is ethically made.

How You Can Support It, Too:
In addition to looking for the Wel-Trak™ label, simply strive to become a more conscious consumer. Research companies you frequent to make sure they align with what you value, and investigate and understand a product’s materials before you make it a part of your home. (Need some help to get started? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered here and here.)


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