Earth Day is April 22nd and we are celebrating all month long by highlighting different ways to love our planet. This week we can sum it up in one word, ORGANIC! We see the word everywhere, food shopping, clothes shopping and thankfully it is starting to become more prevalent in the home décor market. But does it matter?
What is Organic Cotton
Organic Fair Trade Cotton is grown without the use of harmful synthetic chemicals, pesticides, or fertilizers and with respect for workers rights and safety, but only about 1% of the global cotton market is organic.
Look for GOTS Certified Organic Cotton
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a worldwide leading textile processing standard that includes ecological and social criteria. An independent certification of the entire textile supply chain ensures the final product you bring into your home is truly organic and sourced from green supply chains.
Why It Matters
Less chemicals that run off into our water supplies helps maintain natural habitats. Not using petroleum based fertilizers reduces the carbon footprint in organic agriculture, resulting in higher CO2 absorption and higher yields. Farming organic cotton has 91% lower water consumption than non-organic.
The World Counts
Here are some staggering numbers reported by The World Counts regarding the cotton industry.
We hope this encourages you to shop organic and help save our planet.
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Fund literacy and protect the planet when you buy books from Certified B Corporation, Better World Books. To date Better World Books has donated over 31 million books, raised over $32 million to fund literacy programs and libraries and reused or recycled over 386 million books keeping them out of our landfills.
Shifting Paradigms, brings together the science and research supporting an organic, holistic approach to horticulture. This book is a journey into the garden and the world as a whole in ways never likely seen or considered.
Doing It Right -
Since 2008 PlushBeds has committed to using certified organic and natural materials to handcraft, high quality, eco-friendly mattresses and bedding accessories. GOTS Certified, GOLS Certified, GreenGuard Gold Certified, CertiPur Certified are just a few of the third party certification standards PlushBeds adheres to. USA made in California using handcrafted techniques passed down through generations ensures that each mattress has the quality, durability and support you deserve for a superior night sleep. PlushBeds backs this up with a 25 year warranty, 100 night risk free sleep trial and free shipping. We spend a third of our lives in bed so keep the chemicals out.
In Case You Missed It -
ECOS Paints - Environmentally friendly, water based paints for your home that are non-toxic, zero VOC and hand crafted in their South Carolina plant. Exceptional coverage up to 560 sq. ft. per gallon and a transparent ingredient list make ECOS Paints the healthy home choice.
East Fork Pottery takes a stand for social equality. Partnering with community outreach organizations to stretch outside their comfort zone; paying employees a living wage, they are now working towards increasing wages to a family living wage. Receiving Carbon Neutral Certification and B Corporation Certification has inspired them to make even greater changes. East Fork's About Page was part of our inspiration for starting The Savvy Elephant. AND we haven't even touched on how stunning and beautiful their pottery is! See for yourself by clicking through to the East Fork Website.
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