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The Textile Exchange named bedding startup Boll & Branch as the largest consumer of Organic Fair Trade Certified cotton, ahead of companies like Patagonia and Nike, in 2018.
Boll & Branch only uses 100% organic cotton and has an entirely organic manufacturing process (GOTS certified).
Customers pay a premium for sheets (typically $160-$305 depending on size) but get better-but-not-perfect alternatives in a high-impact industry.
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Bedding startup Boll & Branch only uses 100% organic cotton to make its sheets. Its luxury sheets are soft-to-the-touch, look and feel high-end, and come from a chemical-free supply chain.
We tested its best-selling Classic Hemmed Sheet Set ($160-$305; $240 for a Queen) and appreciated how soft the sheets were, as well as their 17-inch-deep pocket, color range (10 colors currently), and the expansive size range (which includes things like a split king). However, we did think they were slightly less breathable than other options in the guide.
Unsurprisingly, nice organic cotton sheets resonated with shoppers online. We called the company one of the biggest viral-marketing successes of the past several years in 2016 and, in 2018, the company was named the world’s largest consumer of Organic Fair Trade Certified cotton by volume in the annual Textile Exchange Preferred Fibre and Materials Benchmark, ahead of giants like Patagonia and Nike.
Organic materials are a more environmentally friendly choice than traditional cotton in general. Organic materials minimize the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides, require far less water and water pollution, and their organic growing systems emphasize soil fertility and biologically diverse agriculture. (Based on Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) findings, organic cotton production saved 1,982 gallons of water on average globally from 2008-2013 when compared to chemically grown cotton when making an average-sized t-shirt). It also minimizes workers’ exposure to chemicals and pesticides, as well as to their local land.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, approximately half of all textiles in the world are made of cotton, and cotton growing’s pollution and diversion of water have had severe impacts on major ecosystems already, so switching from traditional cotton to organic is an ecological priority.
But, despite its positive environmental and social impact, the choice is, for many companies, just as much about prioritizing overall comfort. According to the Textile Exchange, cotton quality comes down to staple (read: fiber) length, and “longer staples produce softer, smoother, stronger fabrics with higher luster.” Because organic cotton is handpicked and not …read more
Source:: Business Insider