Benefits of Organic Cotton In Mattresses
- USDA Certified 100% Natural Organic Cotton
- Chemical free, organically grown
- Eco-Friendly Natural bedding
- Grown in America
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 cotton mattress materials are hypoallergenic because they haven't been infused with chemicals making organic cotton the best material for those with allergies.
Organically Grown - Organic farming techniques are better for you and better for the environment. 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.
Cotton is a fabulous fiber used for thousands of years. Back when cotton was a wild plant no pesticides were used for its growth, it was all natural. Unfortunately, as the world’s appetite for cotton increased, industrial planting of cotton was developed. Over a century ago, a small insect called the boll weevil migrated from mexico to the US. This pest caused devastation to cotton farms, costing farmers as much as $15 billion dollars in losses yield and pest control. The boll weevil eats all of the immature cotton bolls on the cotton farm from early spring to the middle of the summer. The Female beetle lays hundreds of eggs that hatch within 5 days, and they can decimate a cotton field. In 1958, the National Cotton Council officially recognized the impact the boll weevil was causing on U.S. cotton production. With Congressional leadership and support, a USDA Boll Weevil Research Lab was created followed by eradication experiments, a trial eradication program and an area wide boll weevil control program on Texas' High Plains and Rolling Plains to prevent the weevil's migration. Arsenate, DDT, Toxaphene, Aldrin, Dieldrin, Heptachlor, are just a few pesticides used throughout the years to control this cotton eating beetle.
Organic cotton farming must use natural plantings and fertilizers to control the pests. Also cotton farmers can rotate cotton fields with corn, sorghum, beans and peanuts, creating the balance to keep away pests and weeds. Planting sunflowers, corn or tobacco, rotated into the cotton fields can create a barrier to protect the cotton plants. At the end of the day, cotton grown without chemicals is better for the environment as well as the end use of the cotton fiber. One natural way organic farmers have been dealing with cotton eating pests, is to increase the biodiversity. By introducing natural predators of the boll weevil, such as red ants, they have been able to drastically reduce the population in a natural way.
Allergies and skin rashes can be caused by the clothes, sheets or mattress you sleep on. Organic cotton can ensure you are not adding more toxins to your body and environment and can help relieve these ailments in some people. Organic cotton is just a good choice for our families and the planet.
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