Benefits of Organic
Why organic cotton and natural wool?
- Our natural products are friendly to our mother Earth.
- Organic plantations avoid synthetic pesticides and fertilizers
- Wool naturally repels bed bugs and dust mites
- You get comfortable, chemical-free sleep
- Wool naturally wicks moisture away and regulates body temperature
Echo Valley Wool
Our futon mattresses are manufactured by Natural Felt. They create the bats of wool by blending wool from different sheep breeds. They visit each wool grower to assure that the wool comes from healthy sheep, raised sustainably on managed lands. Paid a premium for the best fleeces of their flocks from collaborating growers, the fleece is cleaned and carded which produces the finest known woolen batting available. When you buy our futons know the folowing statements are true.
- Proper grazing methods: Adequate field rotation to decreasesoil erosion and reduce the risk of sheep aquiring internal parasites.
- Pedator Friendly: Growers are encouraged to use trained sheep guard dogs (not trapping or shooting)and the inclusion of other large animals, such as llamas to guard the flock
- Chemical Control: Natural Felt opposes the use of herbicides and pesticides on fields that sheep graze on. Natural felt is able to determine if growersuse those chemicals with their routine wool chemical testing.
- Mattresses made with wool are not attractive to the bed bug and they cannot survive within it.
Most Organic & Natural latex mattresses are made from sap extracted from the rubber tree. This type of latex is naturally hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial, and resistant to mold, mildew and fungus growth. A Mattress made from the sap are also resistant to dust mites which are a leading culprit of allergens that cause respiratory distress in allergy sufferers. ALL the Organic latex mattress that Casual Comfort sells are 100% certified organic from the Oeko-tex-100 standard with a class 1 certification. This also means that there are NO fillers or synthetic materials added at anytime during production. In additionthe rubber tree plantations are maintained free of pestisides and chemical fertilizers for a minimum of four years and then throughout the entire growing cycle. Hevea Brasilienesis- the rubber tree mature in five to seven years and can be tapped for 30 years. Origionally once produced in the Amazon in great quantities, in recent times more than 90% of the total worldwide latex production now comes from Asia and include Malaysia, indonesia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka. China and the Philippines have increased there rubber production as well.
Natural and Organic Cotton
Modern farming methods often lead to spraying Cotton plants with a chemical defoliant just before picking. The defoliant wilts the leaves and makes it easier to harvest the cotton boll. Of course the cotton itself is soaked in defoliant too, and during the manufacturing process other chemicals are used to “improve” the fibers.
Technically, it's still "natural" because it's still a plant, but the effect of this chemical use has a negative impact on the people, plants and land it's used on.
Why Peroxide and not Chlorine?
Chlorine bleach has a long history of being used to bleach fabric, but at great cost to the environment. An extremely harmful compound called Dioxin is created as a byproduct of chlorine bleach manufacturing. Dioxin accumulates in the fat tissue of humans and wildlife, is known to cause birth defects, and genetic mutations, and is a suspected carcinogen. Accidental release of Dioxin has already caused untold damage to the environment.
Peroxide does not create Dioxin and has been used for years by both parents and doctors to sterilize wounds and instruments and has been approved as a natural bleaching agent in Europe.
What about the towels which are in different colors?
For items which are dyed, we use reactive dyes, which are processed at a cooler temperature than traditional dies, and are generally less harmful to the environment. Our dyes are all OekoTex Certified, and Azo-free.
What about Organic Cotton?
We're often asked if our cotton is "organic cotton". To be certified organic means that a farmer has met strict requirements for growing, and that a certifying authority has overseen and approved the process.
Our cotton is carefully grown with as little chemical treatment as possible and is not sprayed with defoliants before being picked. We use gentle, mechanical means to soften and strengthen our fabric and white products are only bleached with Peroxide. That's our “Natural Cotton.”
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third party certification organization verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming. All cotton sold as organic in the United States must meet strict federal regulations covering how the cotton is grown.