Wait. Don’t think or answer this question just yet. Instead, consider these ones: Do you know what your bed sheets are made of? And, have you ever wondered how the fabric might be rocking you to sleep, while it is slowly bringing our Earth into a deep, deep sleep?
Your choice of bed sheets affects the longevity of the Earth. It works against sustainability. It dehumanizes children through forced labor. It kills the Earth.
But at the end of a long tiring day, when work, parenting, thinking, and being-on-the-go is over, who wants to think about how their choice of bed sheets matters for a more sustainable Earth?
The truth of the matter is that if we really care for a sustainable world, we ought to care about what we sleep in.
Cotton is no sweet candy
Chances are that your bed sheets are made from cotton. That’s because cotton is the leading crop for most fabrics. Cotton is a soft fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, but although it sounds as delightful as cotton candy, cotton is actually a villain in the world of crops.
Not only is cotton unsustainable, but it also toxic to humans lives.
And before you light the bulb in your head and think of how organic cotton might be different, let me enlighten you by saying that unlike food, textile products do not need to be certified organic to be claimed as such. Organic cotton might, in other words, be a fallacy, which we call greenwashing.
But let’s just stick to cotton in general. It’s a sad story, really. Amongst all agricultural commodities, cotton uses the largest amounts of water! In fact, to produce one bed sheet, cotton needs 2,700 liters of water. Can you imagine?
Well, get this: cotton exhausts the soil due to its environmentally unsustainable production methods. Cotton uses 25% of the world’s pesticides and 7% of all fertilizers. As if this was not enough damage, one to three percent of cotton workers suffer acute poisoning from the chemicals used on cotton crops. And, you spend one-third of your day sleeping. How might the residues of pesticides affect you?
Cotton is a sticky problem, and when you fall exhausted on your bed, you deserve not only comfort, but a clean, dreamy consciousness…you could be sleeping in better sheets while sending green dreams into the night for a more sustainable home sweet home: Planet Earth.
And so Bamboo grew
And has always been growing. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing natural resources on the planet, capacious of growing up to one yard a day. Remember when Hiroshima was bombed? Bamboo was the first plant to grow back: It greened the land.
You see, bamboo sprouts new stems as soon as it is harvested. This means that natural ecosystems are not threatened, and so right there, bamboo is a better plant to produce bedsheets. And although weaving bamboo into bed sheets might at a first glance highlight bamboo’s external value, bamboo is much more than a commodity.
Bamboo roots absorb greenhouse gases and transform them into green growth. It is water-friendly, requiring 200 times less water than cotton, and producing not just one bed sheet, but one pound of fabric.
So far so good?
I’ll address two potential burst-bubbles against bamboo sustainability right now: Bamboo’s chemical and dying processes. Whoever thought that good things would come easily was wrong… but let me assure you, Bamboo bed sheet production has a happy ending.
Actually, if it has a happy ending, it is because Kyoto Threads has battled for the production of bamboo sheets 100% sustainable and green, and against chemical processes that could make the production process a bit green-less.
Go big or go home, right?
Kyoto’s Threads: 100% sustainable
Kyoto Threads makes bamboo bed-sheets that are 100% sustainable. It overcame the challenges of chemical and dying processes. How?
Let’s back up a little bit. I’ll share a very general description of how bamboo is manufactured into bed-sheets.
When bamboo is harvested, it needs to be crushed, fabricated, and then weaved. But the weaving of most bamboo sheets is done with a Rayon method where there are about thirteen toxic chemical solvents. It then needs to be dyed, otherwise, you would have only white bed-sheets. Colourful bed-sheets are pretty, but guess what… most dying processes require using more chemicals.
Kyoto Threads dislikes that not only for the green-less implications it has on Earth but also for the non-toxic comfort that any other bed-sheets fail to offer you.
And so, it innovated.
Instead of weaving bamboo with a rayon method, it does so with lyocell, a non-toxic solvent that is 100% recyclable and reusable. And, instead of dying with chemicals, it uses a natural plant that is entirely non-toxic AND gentle for the skin.
In fact, this dying method originates from traditional Asian medicine plants and supports the skin’s protective shell characteristics, in addition to balancing the body’s temperature.
Green for the Earth, Green for you, Green for everyone.
So, let me drill you with the same question I asked at the very beginning of this text: Are our dreams slowly putting the Earth to sleep?
But let me also offer you consolation and support by reminding you that Kyoto Threads can help you make transformative changes.
Remember Kyoto’s protocol in 1992? It set out to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the world. You don’t really need me to remind you how delicate our environmental situation has gotten, and we could talk politics and make this a whole lot more complicated and frustrating. But the point is to make transformative choices.
Become-with Kyoto’s threads for a green(er) Earth
When you choose Kyoto’s threads, you are making the choice of becoming-with nature. At night, you can let yourself fall in a comfortable skin-friendly bed and know that what you are really enjoying is the touch of nature on your skin.
We need not a greener Earth, but a green Earth. And so, if we care really for a sustainable world, we ought to care about what we sleep in.
Kyoto Threads is on a mission to create the world’s most sustainable bed sheet and we need YOUR help making this all happen with our Kickstarter campaign launching soon. Find out more and stay up to date on our project here. Just by subscribing to our email list you’ll automatically be entered to win a free set of our innovative sheets!