Ethical Bedding with Homestead
Hi friends! Today I'm sharing with you one of my new favorite brands called Homestead! Homestead makes 100% organic cotton and fair trade sheets. That's right- fair trade!
Why Fair Trade?
So, even our sheets should be ethically made, you ask? The answer is yes! Much like the world of fast fashion, other textiles and home goods such as sheets and pillow cases can be made in sweatshops as well. Even if you are buying organic sheets from, let's say Target—they are made from organic cotton, yes, but considering they are on the cheaper side ($20/30ish something?) they most likely were not made in ethical conditions or by someone paid fairly. Not to mention chemicals may have been used during processing and dyeing. If you're not buying from a source that values and puts wellness first, you really can't guarantee the quality or safety of the item. The old saying "you get what you pay for" is true. Cheaper is not always best, and that goes for the consumer and for the hands that make the item.
If you've been following this little space for a while, you probably know by now that I am a huge advocate for getting back to the roots of real food which means organic and non-GMO eating. But! Food is not the only area in which we need to be conscious consumers. Most textiles in our home are made up of a one of the largest genetically modified crops that is also heavily doused in chemicals—cotton.
As Homestead's website reminds us, cotton is responsible for 16% of the world's insecticide usage and 7% of the world's pesticides.
Along with the cancer causing chemicals that are sprayed on the crops themselves, almost all of cotton is a GMO (genetically modified organism) which means it's in the crops' DNA to produce pesticides and herbicides from the inside out. That means these chemicals cannot be washed off.
Conventional cotton is not only detrimental to the environment, wildlife, bees, and butterflies (which seem to have a new variety on the endangered species list every day), but it's harming our health as well.
When we sleep, our bodies are at their most powerful state of healing. Our bodies are working hard to reset, detoxify, and rejuvenate our entire system. When we are sleeping on a bed full of chemicals that get soaked into our skin (from both conventional cotton, the processing chemicals, the dyes, as well as harmful laundry detergent ingredients that you may be using), it makes it really hard for our body to do its job.
Luckily, there are brands like Homestead that are dedicated to creating safe, healthy, and sustainable sheets that you can feel good about and feel good in. Homestead only uses organic cotton that is grown, cultivated, harvested, and processed responsibly.
Homestead offers both a Percale sheet or a Sateen Sheet. Percale sheets are made with a one yarn under and one yarn over weave, while Sateen sheets are made with a one yarn under and three yarn over weave— which I think is so cool that they share that little bit of the creation process with us! Percale sheets are cool and breathable and Sateen sheets are satiny and soft.
I went with a Percale Sheet Set in White Sand which has been absolutely lovely for these hot late summer nights. The material is crisp and cool and will only get softer with each wash. The color is just beautiful too with almost a slight blush tint to them, which will be absolutely lovely in the spring time.
I am so grateful for brands like Homestead that care about the consumer and the environment. Conscious consumerism is extremely important in today's world of convenience. Here's to finding brands that we can feel good supporting!
This is a sponsored post but as always, all opinions are my own. You can always trust that I only ever share brands and products that I stand behind 100%. Thank you for your support and thank you to Homestead for sponsoring this post!