Organic cotton sheeting, sweet and basic
Conventional cotton is problematic; harmful to the farmers, their animals, their communities and the water tables in their proximity. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in the United States as “possible,” “likely,” “probable,” or “known” human carcinogens: acephate, dichloropropene, diuron, fluometuron, pendimethalin, tribufos, and trifluralin (EPA 2000). And, considering all of the efforts you make to eat organic food and take care of what you put inside; why would you want to tuck yourself in, after a long day, to bedding made from convention cotton left to rub against your skin for hour after hour.
If you’re the kind of parent who buys organic food for their child, then the recent numbers from the National Sleep Foundation on how many hours children sleep against those sheets is worrisome: newborns- 12 to 18 hours out of every 24, toddlers ages 1 to 3 – 12 to 14 hours, preschoolers 3 to 5 – 11-13 hours and schoolchildren ages 5 to 10 – 10 to 11 hours.
Solution: organic cotton sheets. Organic cotton should carry certification from GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) or Oeko-Tex (a standard regulating chemical-free raw materials and production processes), two trustworthy stamps of verification that the cotton contained is genuinely organic.
These adorable Curious George sheets are Oeko-Tex certified and woven of 100% organic cotton percale (percale weave is denser and wears well over time). Imagine the delight of the little ones tucking into these sheets with original illustrations from the Curious George books, and the peace of mind to you knowing they are pesticide-free. Find at Pottery Barn.