Keep your family safe from harmful chemicals.

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Keep your family safe from harmful chemicals.

Your bed might be the last place you’d expect to find nasty chemicals. It’s where you sleep, after all! But the textile industry is dirtier than you might think. Use of toxic chemicals–such as carcinogenic dyes and softening agents—is common in the manufacturing process. What’s worse: because manufacturers aren’t required by law to provide consumers with this information, it can be hard to tell what’s really in your sheets.


But fear not. There are some simple things you can do to protect yourself and your family from harmful chemicals in sheets. Here are some of our favorite tips.

Avoid anything labeled wrinkle-free.

Fabrics labeled “wrinkle-free”, “permanent press”, or “easy care” are almost always treated with formaldehyde resin, a known human carcinogen. Why, you ask, would anyone ever dunk a set of sheets in formaldehyde? Well, that’s what keeps the fabric from wrinkling…which also means it’s designed not to wash out. Not great.

Our suggestion: break out the iron if you really want to keep your sheets wrinkle-free. Or, forget the iron and embrace a few wrinkles, like we do. We promise your bed will be just as comfy.   

Choose natural fibers.

Synthetic fibers, such as polyester, are technically plastics. Not so appealing, if you think about it. Polyester sheets, in particular, are often colored and finished with a variety of harmful substances, including formaldehyde, chlorine bleach, carcinogenic dyes, and even heavy metals (yes, you read that right).

Choose natural fibers, such as 100% cotton, to greatly reduce your chances of exposure to toxic chemicals. Sheets made with natural fibers also tend to be of much higher quality. Better for your body, and for a good night’s sleep!

Purchase from manufacturers who are committed to safe practices.

While the law currently doesn’t do much to regulate what chemicals manufacturers can or cannot use in textiles, forward-thinking companies are taking matters into their own hands. Our 100% Cool Flow Cotton sheets are finished using a unique process that greatly reduces the use of harmful chemicals, and follows the strictest standards for safety. That means our sheets are free of flame retardants, carcinogenic dyes, pesticides, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and other common irritants found in finished textiles.       

Learn more about our manufacturing process, and our commitment to 100% American-made bedding, here.

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