Eco-Friendly Organic Cotton Blankets

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We snuggle in them.  We keep warm with them over and under our bodies.  We even derive emotional security from them well into our pre-pubescent years.  Think Linus van Pelt of Peanuts fame.  We are talking about blankets, of course.  Well, did you know that even the choice of blankets must be eco-friendly and health-friendly, too?  After all, your beloved family members, especially your babies come into contact with blankets every time they sleep and, hence, it makes sense to protect their health first and foremost.  Environmental protection comes in a close second.

Environmental Issues

Arguably, non-organic blankets serve their purpose very well.  You are kept warm throughout cold days and nights, not to mention that blankets also add beauty to the bedroom.  However, you have to be aware of the health risks and environmental damage that these blankets pose.

On one hand, you have polyester chenille fiber blankets.  The chemical compound used to manufacture these blankets is similar to the one utilized for plastic water bottles, which us called polyethylene terephthalate.  And to produce polyester, petrochemicals are derived from crude oil.  Additives, catalysts and heat are then added to the petrochemicals to form the basic materials for polyester fibers and plastic water bottles.

When all of these factors are added up – that is, the use of a non-renewable natural resource, the health concerns associated with the additives and catalysts and the chemical utilized in the manufacturing process – you have a product that poses grave dangers to both the environment and the human body.

On the other hand, you have the typical cotton blankets.  Of course, cotton is in itself a natural fiber – a point in its favor.  However, cotton cultivation is not only labor-intensive – with reports of overworked but underpaid laborers – it also requires large amounts of fertilizers and pesticides.  Plus, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has identified 7 of the 15 pesticides in cotton production as either “likely” or, worse, “known” carcinogens.

But the damage does not stop there.  The pesticides and fertilizers used on the cotton fields can seep into the groundwater or become airborne.  Worse yet, the chemicals can enter the food chain via the cottonseed oil in processed foods and cottonseed in cattle feeds.

Viable Alternative

You may be thinking that you would rather go cold than use blankets with all the doomsday talk about the subject matter.  Well, don’t despair as there is a sustainable, viable and eco-friendly alternative.  Did we mention that said alternatives are also very affordable?  We are talking about blankets made from natural fibers like cashmere, merino wool and even bamboo.  Top of the choices, however, is still cotton although, this time, it must be certified organic cotton.

With organic cotton, you get the best of both worlds.  Your body has the comfort of cotton caressing your skin while the knowledge that there are no harmful substances provides comfort for your mind.  And so, tonight may you have the best sleep of your life and the nights after with the right choice of eco-friendly blankets.

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