How to Find the Best Organic Sheets
Anything labeled "organic" today carries promises of better health for you and the environment, as it's produced without harmful chemicals.
It makes sense that many shoppers would prefer organic food—after all, nobody wants to ingest toxic chemicals. But what about organic products other than food? When it comes to bedding in particular, are organic sheets really better than conventionally-produced ones?
As a maker of organic cotton sheets, we happen to think organic bedding is a better choice, for a variety of reasons. Here, learn about the benefits of organic sheets and get tips for choosing the best organic sheets for you.
Why should you choose organic sheets?
Here are some points to consider if you're still unsure whether or not to buy organic sheets.
Pros of organic bed sheets
Here are the top three benefits of sleeping on organic sheets:
- Grown without chemicals. Conventional cotton accounts for as much as 25% of global pesticide use, according to the Organic Trade Association. Unlike conventional cotton, organic cotton is grown without any chemical insecticides or synthetic fertilizers, meaning it doesn't have the negative impact on soil and local water systems that conventional cotton does. Additionally, textiles that are produced from organic cotton are often undyed or are made with environmentally-friendly dyes. All this means that when you spend eight hours a night in close contact with these sheets, you'll have much less possibility of skin irritation.
- Better for farmers and factory workers. Organic often goes hand in hand with Fair Trade, which means it's better for farmers and factory workers. For example, organic cotton is often hand-picked rather than harvested with machinery, meaning that workers avoid contact with potentially toxic chemicals. In general, organic cotton production that follows Fair Trade practices must ensure the workers' safety, rights, and wellness overall.
- Softer, more breathable, and more durable. While all cotton is naturally breathable, you may notice that organic cotton produced without chemicals is softer and cooler. Plus, according to the Organic Cotton Initiative, a joint campaign between the Soil Association and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), organic cotton fibers typically produce better quality yarns than conventional ones, which may result in more durable, longer-lasting goods.
Cons of organic bed sheets
There are a couple of drawbacks to organic sheets. Before buying, keep these points in mind:
- More expensive than conventional cotton. The biggest downside to organic bed sheets is that they're pricier than their conventional counterparts. That's because organic cotton is more expensive to grow, harvest, and manufacture. Organic cotton sheets usually cost 20%-30% more than regular cotton sheets.
- Water-intensive to grow. All cotton takes a lot of water to grow, but whether organic cotton uses more or less than conventional cotton is a matter of some debate. According to Textile Exchange, a nonprofit organization, most organic cotton is rain-fed rather than irrigated (irrigation requires more water).
Our Best Organic Sheets
Where can I find high-quality organic sheets for my bed?
A lot of brands, Saatva included, offer organic sheets. But how can you make sure you're choosing the best organic bed sheets? Look for the following third-party certifications when shopping:
- The GOTS symbol on the packaging is one good indicator of product safety. Products that carry the GOTS symbol must be made with at least 95% organic fibers and must meet other strict environmental criteria.
- Another good certification system is The Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX. Products with this certification must be made of 100% organic cotton fiber and are tested for harmful chemicals.
- Fair Trade is another certification you can trust. The Fair Trade logo means harmful chemicals aren't used during the manufacturing process and factory workers are fairly compensated.
Saatva Organic Sheets are soft, breathable, and durable.
Here's why Saatva offers the best organic sheets
Saatva Organic Sheets are made from long-staple single-ply organic cotton, meaning they're soft, breathable, and durable. The silky soft sateen weave ensures they feel smooth and soft even against very sensitive skin, and the 300 thread count guarantees a cool night's sleep. (The National Sleep Foundation recommends a thread count between 200 and 400, especially in summer because anything higher than that traps body heat.)
Our sheets carry a Fair Trade certification and are GOTS certified, so you can be sure of the quality of the organic cotton they're made with. They come with deep pockets to fit mattresses that are 11 inches to 16 inches high and are available in three colors (white, ivory, and grey).
Saatva organic sheets are better, according to these websites
You don't have to take our word for it. According to reviews from top product review sites, Saatva Organic Sheets offer a silky-smooth feel while providing great airflow and sleep cool even on very warm nights. Being made of long-staple yarn, they don't pill after washing and drying, and their durability makes them excellent for day to day use.
Still need help buying new bedding? Check out our definitive guide to buying sheets for more advice on shopping.