Over two decades ago, before organic, eco-friendly, and zero-waste products were trendy buzzwords, Under the Canopy set the standard for leading a conscious lifestyle free from compromise, and ultimately aided in the creation of the GOTS certification for organic cotton. How many companies can say that?! I discovered this new-to-me company while searching for affordable, high-quality, organic, fair-trade sheets online one day, and I was pretty amazed by their standards.
You can find organic bedding sold almost everywhere from Pottery Barn to Costco these days, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll realize that when it comes to textiles, being organic alone is not enough. Textile manufacturing is the second worst industry when it comes to polluting the earth, and farmers in India harvesting organic cotton can still be treated and paid unfairly if they are not protected, so listen up, this is important.
Under the Canopy adheres to SIX different certifications to ensure that their bedding is not just high-quality and affordable, but also ethically produced. Under the Canopy is
- FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED: Fair Trade USA enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth.
- GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard): Ensures that the raw materials, manufacturing and distribution of Under the Canopy products are free from harmful toxic substances such as heavy metals, GMOs, toxins and carcinogens.
- OEKO-TEX: Zero harmful substances make their way into our customers’ homes through elimination of the chemicals and toxins commonly used in textile production.
- C2C (Cradle to Cradle): C2C certified products are assessed across five quality categories: material health and reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness. Individual products receive achievement in each category from bronze to platinum just like the Olympics.
- RCS (Recycled Claim Standard): When organic fibers are not an option in sourcing, we opt for recycled materials to maintain a holistic offering of sustainability in every single product. Each comforter and pillow is filled with RCS certified polyester recycled from post-consumer plastic bottles.
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council): We pledge to support the ethical manufacturing and use of products that preserve forests across the globe.
If you are already eating organic food and using nontoxic skincare and makeup, hopefully you’re also thinking about the fabrics you are wearing and sleeping on, too. After all, when you spend 1/3 sleeping, it’s important what you choose to sleep on. Under the Canopy’s sheets are 100% cotton, and 200 thread count, and no toxic chemicals, bleaches or heavy metals are used in the dying process. They get softer with every wash (I’ve had mine for about a month, and I wash them every week, so I can personally vouch for this). Also, since sheets are so personal, if you buy them and don’t like them, you have 30 days to send them back for free of charge.
I also have Under the Canopy’s EcoPure Organic Comforter, which has an organic cotton shell and hypoallergenic recycled polyester fill. It’s super cozy, lightweight and perfect all year round. We always used to buy Primaloft down-aleternative pillows because they are so comfortable, but they aren’t at all ethically produced, so I figured I’d give Under the Canopy’s EcoPure Organic pillows a try. They are perfect! Like their duvet, they have an organic cotton shell and hypoallergenic recycled polyester fill. They are available in standard, king or euro size, and I’d say their firmness is a happy medium, so whether you’re a stomach, back or side sleeper, you’ll be comfortable (Richard is stomach, and I’m a side/back). If you’re wondering why it’s important to sleep on polyester fill pillows, there are a few reasons. First, think of all the birds plucked of their feathers while still alive; it’s awful. Second, many people are unknowingly allergic to down feathers, and they can easily become infested with mites and other allergens. Ew. Also, it’s important to look for products containing recycled polyester fill since polyester is not biodegradable.
I’m collaborating with Under the Canopy to give one lucky follower a complete EcoPure Organic Essentials Bedding Bundle (which includes a sheet set, two pillows and a duvet) on Instagram today! Tune into @barebeautyblog to enter – depending on the size of your bed, the value is up to $300!
Good luck, and I hope you’re having a great weekend!
In partnership with Under the Canopy
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