If you actually had any idea as to the kind of processes that go on behind the scenes, chances are you’d run a mile away from anything other than 100% certified organic baby clothes and bedding.
Now, you might think that I’m dramatizing the situation or needlessly sensationalizing things, but hear me out for a minute. Most would probably argue that the health and safety obsessed government of today wouldn’t possibly allow anything untoward to be used in the creation of our most intimate soft furnishings and certainly not baby bedding, right?
Wrong… and categorically so.
To sum things up as briefly as possible, bedding and other such products go through incredibly aggressive treatment processes in order that they become as hard-wearing, washable and indeed cheap as we seem to like them. Among the various chemicals used to accomplish the final product are antimony trioxide, vinylidiene chloride, boric acid and formaldehyde – look any or all of the above up and chances are you’ll be horrified.
These treatments are added for the primary purposes of serving as pesticides, improving fire-safety and apparently producing more hard-wearing products…but at what cost exactly? Think of hundreds of thousands of gallons of the stuff flooding our water supply and our bodies encased in chemical-treated cloth night after night and chances are one or two eyebrows will be justifiably raised.
You’ll even find a worrying level of the above chemicals and so many more in your mattresses.
Studies have proved beyond all reasonable doubt that the toxins and chemicals our bed-sheets are crammed with will over time be absorbed through our skin and into our bodies. Many of the above examples and others like them have been found as potentially cancer-causing and responsible for dozens of serious health complaints, which in some instances pose far bigger risks to babies and infants than adults.
Plus it gets worse – new restrictions demanding increased fire-safety standards are only likely to see higher concentrations of these chemicals pumped into our linen and bedding as time moves forward.
And for all of you out there feeling safe and immune from all of the above having invested in only the finest “natural” bedding on the market, it might be time to think again. Sadly, some natural fibers like cotton can be the worst of the bunch dues to crops having been sprayed with any number of chemicals and poisons prior to being harvested.
This is where organic bedding comes into the equation as categorically the only safe option for those looking to rule out each and every toxic and harmful chemical currently used in the production of standard household bedding. Bedding that is officially certified as organic represents a process whereby the growth, harvest, treatment and production of ever last square-inch of the product in question has been undertaken using 100% natural and non-chemical means.
Just a few decades ago, all bedding was created this way and the use of harmful chemicals was unheard of. Over the years, the toxins present in household linen has been attributed to a surge in cases of headaches, back problems, joint stiffness and dozens of other health complaints, though still exist in stronger concentrations than ever before.
Organic bedding represents a classic example of going back to a past ideal in order to safeguard family health for the future and really should be promoted more vigorously.
By Rosemary Chambers | EnvironmentAbout