This entry was posted on September 21, 2016.
Why should you choose Cozy Earth over other bed sets? Sure, it’s eco-friendly, but so are a lot of other bed sets, right? Well, many bedding companies aren’t as eco-friendly as they lead you to believe. As a matter of fact, the manufacturing process for most companies, traditional cotton and other bamboo companies alike, actually contribute to the pollution problem.
However, Cozy Earth bamboo bedding is different. No matter what step in the manufacturing process you look at, Cozy Earth is environmentally conscious. To prove it, let’s look at each step of the manufacturing process below.
Acquiring the Raw Materials
The first step in manufacturing any bed set is to acquire the raw materials. For example, most traditional bed sets are made from cotton. Therefore, these manufacturers need to either grow the cotton themselves or buy it from a supplier.
Either way, the cotton must be treated with pesticides in order to grow since cotton is very susceptible to insects and disease. In fact, cotton is treated with 16-25% more insecticides than any other single crop in the world. Consequently, these harsh chemicals end up leaching into the air and soil, polluting the earth around us.
Bamboo, on the other hand, is naturally resistant to insects and disease, negating the need for pesticides. No pesticides equal no pollution, making Cozy Earth a significantly more environmentally friendly option than traditional bedding. It’s as simple as that.
Creating the Thread
Once manufacturers have obtained the raw materials, it’s time to turn those raw materials into thread. We’ve seen how Cozy Earth is more eco-friendly than traditional bedding in the last section, so let’s look at how Cozy Earth beats other bamboo companies in this section.
To turn hard bamboo reeds into thread, most bamboo bedding companies chop up the bamboo into wood chips and throw them into a vat of chemicals. This vat of chemicals includes carbon disulfide, sodium hydroxide, and sulfuric acid, all of which are extremely corrosive. These caustic chemicals eat away at the bamboo until it dissolves into a thick liquid.
Then, this stew of dissolved bamboo and chemicals is pushed through holes in a spinneret to create long, thin strands. As these strands cool, threads form, and this step of the manufacturing process is complete. Again, all of the chemicals end up polluting the environment.
In comparison, Cozy Earth’s patented process foregoes all these dangerous chemicals. Instead of quickly chopping up the bamboo, we meticulous shave it. By taking the time to shave the bamboo, we can use a much gentler solution of sodium to dissolve the bamboo. We then push the dissolved bamboo through a spinneret and lay the threads out to dry. Avoiding dangerous chemicals when we turn the bamboo into thread allows us to also avoid the nasty side effect of polluting the earth.
Weaving the Cloth
The final step of manufacturing bedding is to weave the threads into cloth and sew that cloth into a set of sheets or a comforter. Now, there isn’t anything inherently damaging to the environment no matter what weaving technique manufactures use. However, the technique used to weave bamboo threads into cloth does affect how long the bed set lasts. In turn, this affects how much you contribute to landfills.
To explain, most traditional cotton and other bamboo companies use a weaving technique that relies on overlapping short threads to create the illusion of one long thread. This allows these manufacturers to reduce their cost, because they can use any length of thread. They just work with whatever they have into the fabric. Yet, this leaves loose thread ends scattered throughout the material, which eventually causes the bedding to pill and tear. As you can imagine, this dramatically shortens the bedding’s life span to only a couple of years.
In contrast, Cozy Earth only uses premium, long-strand bamboo to craft our beautiful bedding. To weave our bamboo threads into cloth, we stretch one strand of bamboo across the entire length of the material and repeat with every thread. As a result, every thread end is securely anchored at the borders of the fabric. By securing the thread ends, Cozy Earth bedding never pills or tears and can last up to 15 years under normal use.
Now, let’s compare the two. Naturally, if you need to replace your traditional bedding every couple of years, you’re going to contribute more to landfills than you would if you only replaced your bedding every 15 years by choosing Cozy Earth.
In summary, Cozy Earth is more environmentally friendly than almost all other bedding companies. We don’t just claim to be eco-friendly because our product is made from bamboo – we actually ensure that our manufacturing process doesn’t pollute the earth from start to finish.
As you discovered above, we never use pesticides, or harsh chemicals and dyes. We also provide you with a superior product that will last for years, which also helps you decrease your contribution to landfills. What could be more environmentally friendly than that?
If you want to learn more about the amazing advantages of Cozy Earth bedding, read Bamboo Bed Sheets: Why Choose Cozy Earth.