Benefits of Cotton As A Mattress Ingredient
- USDA Certified 100% Natural Organic Cotton
- Chemical free, organically grown.
- Eco-Friendly Natural bedding.
- Grown in America.
Organic cotton is a wonderful fiber and makes fabulous soft and supportive layers of comfort when used inside any organic mattress. Organic cotton is not naturally fire retardant and will not pass federal guidelines for mattress flammability. To adhere to federal guidelines without compromising the organic integrity of the ingredients, we add layers of organic wool above the organic cotton layer.
Comfort - Cotton is widely regarded as an excellent choice when it comes to comfort. It is soft, smooth and feels amazing to the touch.
Hypoallergenic - All organic mattress materials are hypoallergenic because they haven't been infused with Chemicals and cotton is the best material for those with allergies.
Organically Grown - Organic Cotton is grown from non-genetically modified plants without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides. 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 organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production.
Organic Cotton Fiber - Organic Cotton used in Mattresses is a fiber (not spun into yarn) grown on land that is certified organic by the USDA, United States Department of Agriculture. For the cotton to be certified as organic, the land must have not used any pesticides or synthetic chemicals or GMO's for at least 3 years. The USDA also certifies that the seeds do not contain GMO's. To claim that the cotton is Certified USDA Organic, each step from the planting all the way through picking, ginning and baling the raw cotton fibers remain pure without any contamination. As with any mattress that claims to have organic cotton fibers within the mattress, the processor will hold the certification that of grower, as it is transferred directly to the cotton processor.
Why is Organic Cotton Better than Conventional Cotton?
Conventional cotton uses pesticides, herbicides and plant growth regulators. Conventional cotton is one of the most chemically laden crops grown in the world today. In the United States alone, conventional cotton farmers release 2 billion dollars’ worth of agricultural pesticides, herbicides and growth regulators into our planet yearly. Over 800 million are deemed and classified as toxic by the World Health Organization. Many of these chemicals are harmful to humans, animals and the environment. A few of these chemicals include; Deltemethrin; Endosulfan; Fluometuron; Pendimethalin; Prometryn; Mepiquat Chloride; Aldicarb; Acephate; Phorate; Cyfluthrin; Glyphosate Roundup; Monocarbamide dihydrogen sulfate; Ethephon; Dimethipin; and Paraquat.
What are the Health Affects of these Chemicals?
These toxic chemicals, absorbed into our bodies through our pores, mouth and nose, create a slow chromic poisoning from the repeated exposure over a long period in low doses. In adults, symptoms develop slowly over time taking months or years, but in small developing children the effect are quick and much more severe.
Chronic illness caused by long-term exposure to these chemicals can cause impaired memory, concentration, disorientation, severe depressions, irritability, confusion, headache, speech difficulties, delayed reaction times, nightmares, sleepwalking, drowsiness and insomnia. An influenza-like condition with headache, nausea, weakness, loss of appetite, and malaise has also been reported.
Although some symptoms may only appear later in life, or even in the next generation, they include learning difficulties, behavioral and reproductive defects (e.g. accelerated puberty, infertility), and increased susceptibility to cancer. Other long-term effects include teratogenesis (inducing embryo malformation) and DNA mutations (inducing genetic or chromosomal mutations). Not only is this a problem in the cotton fields and cotton itself but in the earth and water that sustains our planet. Many studies have proven in major cotton producing countries such as USA, India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Brazil, Australia, and Greece and in West Africa have documented detectable levels of hazardous pesticides commonly applied to cotton in local water resources.
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