Thank you for your support of organic fibers! As demand for certified organic products grow, every part of our industry is learning to pay attention - and learning how to make better products.
At Soaring Heart we use organic cotton products in two ways: (1) in the certified organic fabrics that we buy and sew into our beautiful mattress, topper and pillow encasements, and (2) in the organic cotton batting that we blend for use as pillow and mattress fills. Certified organic is important to us not only because we support farmers and processors who only use organic fertilizers, practice organic pest control (primarily through crop rotation) and can guarantee there's no use of chemical fumigants, fire retardants or other sprayed fabric applications - we use it because it makes better beds!
After all we want comfort to be the most important part of your sleep experience - and breathable, heat and moisture wicking fabrics and fills, is a key part of great comfort. The demand for organic cotton fabrics has been rising steadily the past 20 years - but during the pandemic, we've seen a global increase in organic fabric demand. While this has resulted in shortages, overall we believe it is a good thing - a consumer driven commitment to sustainable textiles that is long overdue.
Shortages of cotton fills have also made it critical for us to explore options in how we blend our cotton batting for use in pillows and mattress stuffing. The good news is that we rarely use cotton fill alone - for example, an all cotton pillow can be notoriously lumpy - but if we blend cotton with our luxurious all natural kapok fiber - we get a lightweight, high loft pillow that our customers love. Similarly, when we fill our futons and mattress toppers, we use blends of cotton (and cotton fibers called motes), wool and latex that provide the perfect balance between loft and sustainable firmness that makes our beds unique. 38 years of hand-made bed building has taught us alot about our materials, how they hold-up and exactly what our customers appreciate the most.
Here's a link to a great slide deck provided by the Organic Trade Association with lots more information about organic cotton. It's worth a quick read - and will highlight even more of the opportunities we have ahead for building a sustainable, healthy world.
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Climate change, global warming, ocean acidification, wildlife depletion - the list of environmental challenges we are facing today is seemingly endless. Endless and complicated - there are no "one-size fits all" solutions to problems that are clearly going to be with us for generations to come.
One thing we do know is that each of us, in our own ways, can make a difference. We can, as the saying goes "leave our campsite better than we found it." If COVID 19 has proven anything to us over the past year, it is that we are all more connected and more dependent on each other than ever before.
At Soaring Heart one of our biggest environmental commitments is our annual GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) compliance certification.
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