Sleep Better Knowing Your Bedding is Well Made
We’re constantly talking about the importance of sleep for your skin health and general self-care, and if you stop to think about the fact that you spend one third of your life in bed, it’s easy to see why your sleep experience matters. Our friends at Parachute sleep better at night knowing they’re doing their part to help us have a good night’s sleep while protecting the planet and our bodies. Unlike other bedding brands, they don’t artificially soften their fabrics with silicon, formaldehyde, or toxic chemicals. Bleaches and dyes can harm the environment—and us. Parachute manufactures their products in a mindful way, meaning you experience the fabric in its purest and most natural form.
Organic Doesn’t Always Mean What You Might Think
As consumers increasingly demand natural and non-toxic products, companies frequently manipulate the term “organic” when labeling their textiles—just like cosmetic companies do with terms like “natural” and “green.” In the case of textiles, fibers grown organically but processed with toxic chemicals may still carry the organic label. And you should avoid the labels “wrinkle free” or “permanent press”—they’re a sign that manufacturers have treated these fabrics with formaldehyde resin, a toxic chemical.
So, what should you look for when choosing bedding for your dream-time sanctuary?
Oeko-Tex: The Facts
A global network of laboratories operates Oeko-Tex, a certification system for textile producers. They test for harmful substances that are prohibited or regulated by law and chemicals that are known to be harmful to health. They also test for color fading to ensure durability and for acidity as a precautionary measure to safeguard health at every stage of production (acidity can be harsh on skin, especially for sensitive types). The intended use of the textiles determines the stringency of the tests—the more prolonged and direct contact the textile will have with skin, the more demanding the requirements. All components of the product, without exception, must comply with these standards, including the sewing thread, lining, buttons, etc. This process surpasses all other existing criterion in safety and environmental protection.
But Wait, There’s More
Additionally, the European Union produced legislation providing a framework for testing chemical compounds in products known as the REACH protocol. This stands for “registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemicals.” It holds manufacturers responsible for the safety and health of both humans and the environment, instructing them to identify and limit the risks of all chemicals used in their processes.
The Parachute Difference
We’re big fans of Parachute for lots of reasons, including that all of their bedding, bath, and tabletop products exceed both Oeko-Tex certification and REACH protocol requirements. And when they set out to create The Mattress, they even developed a list of everything they didn’t want it to include: no adhesives, no petrochemicals, no chemical flame retardants, no gimmicky materials—just quality materials that anyone can understand.
Parachute products arrive at your doorstep packaged in a reusable pouch made from the same fine fabric, delivering a finished product that always considers you and the environment at the same time. As soon as you slip into your bedding or wrap yourself in your towel, you’ll feel the difference.
March 20, 2010