Articles in Category: Ethical Practices

Eyeview on Bangladesh

on Saturday, 01 April 2017.

visionblog2While Organic Bed Threads appraises the efforts of ethical production processes in our chosen manufacturing country of India, and focus' on the poignant role of fair trade and safe working conditions in all phases of our bed linen creations from certified organic cotton seed to chemical free artisan studio; India's neighbour, Bangladesh, the second largest ready-made garment (RMG) producing country in the world has had many an eagle eye and critical media backlash on this apparel manufacturing hub since 2013.

As we head towards the anniversary of the Savar building collapse that occurred on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 in Savar Upazila, a division of Dhaka in Bangladesh, where an eight-story commercial building named Rana Plaza collapsed due to structural failure, we are reminded that it is considered the deadliest garment-factory accident in history, with 1129 loss of life, as well as the deadliest accidental structural failure in modern human history. This textile disaster, bought to light the appalling plight of unfair and unsafe conditions that workers were subjected to if they wanted to be employed.

While the fashion spotlight still remains on the horror of this disaster, with an additional negative tag of those factories creating fast fashion for the larger Western fashion houses¹, many positive stories of the fashion sector continue to be overshadowed with the tendency of traditional media viewing that negative stories are news and positive stories are not news at all!

Bed Fashion for Global Change

on Monday, 27 March 2017.

bepartofsomethingbiggerWhen you purchase ethical fashion you're part of a movement for global change.

 
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GOTSGlobal Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), are the global accreditations Organic Bed Threads aligns with in bed linen production in India.

 

I stepped up as a designer, and you can too when you buy my ethical duvet covers. Our combined stance - mine and yours - supports the goals of a future free from chemicals, free from poverty and free from unfair trade.

Your conscious purchase ensures producers earn fair trade wages and work in safe environments. We in the West aspire for such 'obvious' God-given benefits, Organic Bed Threads takes the 'obvious' out of the equation, for there is massive assumption of what goes on on home turf, occurs in the East or in developing countries too; not so!

I am mightily encouraged by what can be achieved for the health of the planet when producing and buying with intent. Not just for apparel but fashion in the home - a place that houses the largest sized textiles. Home decor that gives back, now there's a novel idea!

Being part of something bigger means preservation of:

How fantastic is that via a simple purchase! World bed creations, made by communities who care, to be purchased by those who care. Do you? If so, #bethechange in your home, take a step in the right direction by visiting our eShop today. Together, lets make ethical bed fashion the next big thing.

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.