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A guide to buying organic cotton sheets

Organic cotton sheets are made of 100 percent cotton which is grown and manufactured in an organic manner, free of artificial elements like pesticides, dyes or other chemicals. The purchase of organic cotton sheets should be guided by a thorough evaluation of the product to ensure superior quality and good performance.

Study labels and certification

Often words like 'green', 'sustainable' and 'organic' are left open to interpretation. Products labelled ‘organic’ may actually refer only to a partially organic component or procedure. Hence it is important to check labels and manufacturer's literature to ensure that the product is made of 100 percent natural cotton fibres processed organically. Vegetable based dyes applied organically are acceptable. Products not totally organic Generally, products with labels specifying that they are 'wrinkle-resistant', 'shrink-free' and 'no-iron' are an indication that the product is not completely organic since such treatments are undertaken with chemicals. Certification from third party organisations A recommended feature of the product which ensures that it is produced organically is a certification provided by third part organisations. It is important that this criteria is considered carefully in order to truly enjoy the benefits of organic cotton sheets.

Check thread count

Thread count represents the comfort and durability of the product and refers to the number of threads in both directions within a square inch of fabric. Though comfort is directly related to the thread count, sometimes, manufacturers reduce the thread width while increasing the numbers. This can adversely affect the product durability. A thread count between 200 to 400 is desirable.

Review care instructions

The natural fibres used in the sheets need to be preserved and organic products require care, which is different from the one required for traditional bed-linen. This may range from spot – treatment to drying as opposed to regular washing. One must familiarise oneself with the care instructions to ensure that they can comfortably maintain the sheets in the recommended manner and prolong its life.

Other tips

Variety on the Internet Organic sheets are available in big-box retailers' stores who may feature a select collection of sheets. However, a wide variety and range may be found over the Internet itself. Compare prices Cost range may vary depending on how eco-friendly the product is and careful comparisons should be made between the available choices. Check if it is available in a set Moreover, it is helpful to check if the sheets are available as individuals or a part of a set so that the room décor reads coherently. Final word Careful consideration of these factors prior to selection ensures that the product is genuine, durable and easy to maintain.

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