Honouring Handmade

on Saturday, 17 December 2016.

Handmade woodblock carverDo you recall that iconic 1988 cult film 'Cocktail' when the characters of Tom Cruise and Elizabeth Shu are talking on the deck of a Jamaican bar, he lazily twirls his cocktail umbrella in his hands and idly comments to her...
 
"Do you know there is a guy who makes these, but still he gets up in the morning and he kisses his wife and he goes to his drink umbrella factory and whips up ten billion of these a year, the guy's a millionaire" ... and their conversation continues about the people who make other small restaurant table items like ashtrays, tooth picks and their wrappers and even the plastic ends of shoelaces. I realise I have taken the character's intended meaningful out of context, for all his character wanted was make a motza, but this scene grab is so poignant in terms of reflecting on, respecting and honouring the handmade process.
 

Climate Control Cotton Bed Linen

on Monday, 12 December 2016.

Benefits of Using 100% Cotton

No matter what kind of climate you live in, arctic or burning hot, 100% cotton bedlinen is an ideal fabric to achieve perfect slumber. Especially if it's certified organic cotton for its many health benefits and made to ethical standards such as our stunning collection of kids and adult handmade duvet covers. Because cotton is a natural product, it has many advantages, such as its ability to control moisture, insulate, provide comfort, hypoallergenic qualities, its durability and reasonable price point. Lets take a snapshot view of these benefits:

Moisture Control
Cotton fabric is breathable, absorbent and can transfer moisture away from the skin, thus allowing your body to remain at a comfortable temperate as you sleep.

Insulation
Cotton protects against heat in the summer and cold in the winter by providing thermal insulation as the cotton fabric traps air between the fabric fibres. Cotton bed linen feels cool to the touch on warm days yet provides you warmth on chilly days.

Hypoallergenic
Cotton fabric rarely causes allergic reactions and using cotton is often recommended for those prone to allergies or skin irritations. Because cotton is hypoallergenic and does not irritate the skin and offers a soft touch, this makes it comfortable for the sleeper and is the fabric of choice when it comes to bed linen. In our handmade designs, we also use certified organic dyes and threads increasing the health benefits for sensitive skins.

Comfort
Cotton bed linen is soft, often softer than linen, not slippery like silk and retains its shape, it is the ideal comfortable fabric to sleep on or under.

Durability
Cotton has a high tensile strength, making it strong, durable and less likely to rip or tear. It is 30 percent stronger when wet, withstanding years of washing. Here's a trick, looking for a higher thread count does not necessarily mean that the weave it stronger, it is a combination of quality thread count and the number of plies to create a tighter and thus durable weave. As our duvet covers are 100% cotton they will not pill when frequently washed, unlike cotton blends i.e. cotton/polyester which have a strong tendency to create an aged look quickly.

Brand Price
There are many cotton bed linen options on offer. Research the brand's ethical values in their production. Learn how to read the label carefully. By understanding if the product is a quality one, you will have a clearer indication why there are price differences - 100% certified organic cotton bed linen, made to fair trade standards means it is a brand of integrity and is worth investing in quality duvet covers today in respect of people and planet. In doubt of how to choose for a loved one, opt for a gift certificate.

Documentaries - Textile Ethics Questioned

on Tuesday, 29 November 2016.

documentaryHelping to spread the unjustness that is occuring in the textile industry of developing countries, via a growing list of documentaries worth watching. Ethical questions are bought to stark reality in terms of the triple bottom line of companies, chemical use, crude and forced labour and unearthing the inhumane treatment that does not support fair trade....

Organic Bed Threads only engages in fair trade and social and environmental textile produciton practices. Our passion is fuelled by respecting creative techniques and we are driven by humanitarian intent at every step. Our own moving story is The Journey Of The Humble Cotton Boll(2.48mins).

From seed to shelf, Organic Bed Threads leaves only a pinkie toe, not a whole footprint, on the planet. We bring your attention to these documentaries because we believe consumers need to be informed on how they fuel these activities via their purchasing power. The greater self education on how we are disrespecting people and planet, with hope, will prick our conscience and convert our buying habits to healthier ones. Just because we do not know the many hands and faces who make our products does not mean that their lives are any less of value than ours.

Please bookmark this blog page and share, share alike to spread the much needed ethical word... >>>

Bed Linen Test

on Monday, 21 November 2016.

BedLinenTestWeb7 bed linen aspects to help you sleep soundly at night.
 
1. There are a lot of human hands involved in the making of our bedlinen - #handmade
Sure, you can't beat the speed and efficiency of modern machinery used by many of the larger bedding companies out there, but as with so many other things in life, slower is sometimes simply better. While many of our competitors focus on volume and economy, our focus is on quality and craftsmanship. Organic Bed Threads duvet covers are made by highly-skilled crafts people in India, each of whom not only bring years of experience and knowledge to their jobs, but also a passion for creating only the best work by hand. Encouraging handmade techniques on the textile world stage is so culturally important.
 

Man Panic - A Guide for the Gents Buying for Their Partner

on Friday, 18 November 2016.

Christmas ManPanicGent, so you thought about buying some sexy lingerie for your loved one but you are scared of embarrassing yourself and her with choosing the wrong size? After all tops and bottoms come in all sizes. Maybe a bit of bling maybe the ticket, but are you really sure of her personal style? She is madly into honouring her body as a temple but your mind scrambles at the thought of all the amazing health products out there: eco skin care, how-to smoothie, wall mountable herb gardens... You want to give something of meaning, but not sure how to start the research with the plethora of charities, NFPs and NGOs. All fabulous ideas (pleasure if I just helped you with a few more?), or maybe she has been hinting for months, at the very thing that you have been unable to give - quality time - due to whatever myriad of excuses you give her - work, stress, commitments, blatant avoidance.

Let's break your worries down here in this easy gift cheat sheet. We have identified that: size, style, health, time and meaning are your Christmas gift buying concerns. Do you think all your Christmases will have come at once if you could find the gift with all these attributes?

Well hello gorgeous, you can with the element of surprise at our one-stop-eShop for luxury, ethical duvet/doona covers. Why wouldn't you want more time with you partner under the covers?

So lets get down to business by answering your 5 pain points when buying for her.

Size - Yes, we are talking about the boudoir, but keep your thoughts pure on this theme buddy. Let's hope you know the size of your bed. If you don't, relocate your tape measure and jump to our bedlinen conversion size guide to help you.