dream designs


dream designs

The bedding material of choice used for all of Carbon Environmental Boutique’s fine bedding is 100% organic cotton. We offer beautiful high-quality weaves from the Canadian company Dream Designs. Dream Designs also provides us with hemp shower curtains and sleep masks.

For nearly 4000 years, cotton has been grown organically, but with the development of pesticides and chemical fertilizers during WWII, this changed. Today insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and chemical fertilizers are applied to the cotton plant throughout its growing cycle. Conventionally grown cotton has become an increasingly important agricultural commodity and the durable, comfortable, affordable fiber is woven into half of all textiles.

Here are conventional cotton statistics:
• Twenty-five percent of all insecticide in the world is applied to cotton, a non-food crop.
• Two hundred chemicals might be applied to a single plant in one season in the United States. This translates to a third of a pound of chemicals per pound of cotton fiber.
• One and a quarter pounds of agricultural chemicals are used in California to produce the conventionally grown cotton in a single set of queen-sized sheets.

Let’s try an Unconventional Approach

If all cotton were grown organically, the use of insecticides worldwide would be reduced by 25 percent. Now that’s something to cheer about. In addition, by not using chemicals to process the cotton, the natural oils in the cotton are present. These natural oils make the cotton unbelievable soft and give it a beautiful, natural glow.

Although bamboo is being promoted as a new green textile, we have none of it on our shelves. Why?

Bamboo Bedding
Bamboo is a woody, fibrous grass that needs to be softened for it to be made into cloth. There are two ways to soften bamboo, chemically or mechanically. Almost every bamboo textile that is on the market today is chemically softened, using harsh processes. These chemicals more than cancel out the other green claims. But we remain hopeful! The search is ongoing for mechanically softened bamboo, processed free of harsh chemicals, bleaches and dyes, grown in a pre-existing bamboo grove (not a new plantation that wiped out a more biodiverse forest), with workers that are treated ethically and paid a fair wage.



 

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