This entry was posted on June 13, 2016.
Organic and all-natural items have become increasingly popular over the past few years. There’s everything from organic food to organic clothes and bedding. Yet, what exactly does it mean for something to be organic? Why should you choose organic products, such as organic bamboo bedding, over traditional merchandise?
Let’s start with the definition of organic. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), companies “must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances” in order for their products to be classified as organic.
In other words, organic items are eco-friendly and primarily made from natural resources. Furthermore, they are made without the use of harsh chemicals and dyes. If you see the label “USDA Organic,” then you know the product meets these standards.
Now that you know what the term “organic” means, what are some of the advantages of buying these 100% natural products?
There are a couple of reasons. The first and most obvious one is that you are protecting the environment when you buy organic. The second reason is that 100% natural products are healthier than their chemical-intensive counterparts.
To illustrate these advantages of organic products, let’s look at a specific example: bamboo bedding.
So, how does buying a set of bamboo sheets or a bamboo comforter protect the environment?
Well, as you read above, companies must protect natural resources in order for their products to be considered organic. This requirement prevents pesticides, dyes, and other chemicals from being used during the production process because these harsh chemicals are pollutants and destroy natural resources.
For example, cotton is the traditional material used to make bedding. However, this crop must be treated with pesticides because it is extremely susceptible to disease. Even though cotton is only grown on 2.5% of the earth’s arable land, it uses 16% of the world’s insecticides and 6.8% of its herbicides each year.
Organic bamboo bedding, on the other hand, is never treated with harsh chemicals. Even when the bamboo itself is being grown, it isn’t treated with pesticides. This is because bamboo is naturally resistant to most pests, bacteria, and fungal infections. Given that bamboo doesn’t need to be treated with pesticides initially, it’s more worthwhile to avoid the use of chemicals during the rest of the production process. Consequently, you reduce your carbon footprint and support an eco-friendly product when you buy bamboo instead of cotton sheets.
In addition to preserving the earth, buying organic bedding helps you to live a healthier life because it is never treated with chemicals, wicks moisture away, and helps you sleep better at night.
Since organic bamboo bedding is never treated with harsh chemicals, you don’t have to worry about them finding their way into your bed. You won’t breathe them in while you sleep and they won’t irritate your skin. As a result, your respiratory and skin allergies decrease when you sleep under a set of bamboo sheets and an organic comforter.
Bamboo bedding further reduces your allergies by wicking away moisture, thereby preventing dust mites and bacteria from living in your bed. Bamboo wicks moisture at twice the rate of cotton, keeping your bed 50% drier than traditional bedding. Less water means that these common allergens can’t survive in your bed and you can breathe easier.
Another byproduct of bamboo’s exception wicking ability is that by reducing moisture, it reduces humidity. As we all know, humidity aggravates extreme temperatures. If the weather is cold, humidity makes us feel like we’re freezing in the artic. If it’s hot, we feel like we’re sizzling in a sauna, drenched in sweat. Since bamboo reduces humidity, you stay at the perfect temperature all night long and have a better night’s sleep with bamboo sheets.
If you want to discover more about how bamboo bedding helps you sleep better, read Sleep Soundly with Bamboo Bed Sheets.
In summary, you should choose organic products because they are eco-friendly and healthy. In particular, you should choose organic bamboo bedding because it is never treated with pesticides, reduces allergies, and helps you to sleep better at night.