How Safe Are Your Sheets?
You just had a long day at work, mingled with germs on the MRT and haze from the atmosphere. All you want to do at the end of the day is to unwind and relax on your clean, safe sheets.
Your bedroom might be the last place you’d expect to find nasty chemicals. It’s where you sleep, after all!
Quality bedding is not just all about soft, luscious sheets. And unfortunately for us, the bedding industry is murkier than you might think.
Do you know how safe your sheets are?
Harmful Chemicals Used in Bed Linen
During the journey of turning raw cotton into a fabric, toxic chemicals are sometimes added at each stage of growing, processing, dyeing, and handling. That’s right, the majority of manufacturers use harmful substances such as pesticides, formaldehyde, heavy metals, carcinogenic dyes and softening agents in their manufacturing process.
Those ‘’anti-wrinkle’’/’’no-iron’’ sheets you see on the market are treated with a formaldehyde-based permanent-press finish to keep them wrinkle free (this also means they are designed not to be washed out).
Formaldehyde is used to increase wrinkle resistance and also helps some dyes better penetrate fabrics.
The formaldehyde resin becomes an irremovable part of the fabric which continues to release toxic fumes for the entire lifespan of the sheets (although washing sheets diminishes formaldehyde levels, residues remain as long as the fabric stays wrinkle free. Yikes!).
Exposure to formaldehyde can cause several health issues such as headaches, skin rashes, respiratory problems, and insomnia. It’s tempting to look the other way and grab those bargain products but in the end, we all pay for this false economy.
Moreover, the textile industry produces over a million tons of synthetic dyes a year. Certain dyes contain heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These metals can accumulate in our body and cause irreversible damage to the nervous system or the kidneys.
Long term exposure to heavy metals can cause side effects including fatigue, nausea, and headaches.
One of the main types of colourant used - Azo dyes can also be harmful under certain conditions as it releases cancer-causing chemicals known as amines. To make matters worse, because manufacturers aren’t required by law to provide consumers with this information, it can be difficult to tell what’s really in your sheets.
You may be shocked to learn that the use of chemicals in textile manufacturing is generally unregulated. You probably find this as appalling as we do!
Can you trust what you’re sleeping in without any questions?
A beginner’s guide to Oeko-Tex®
When we were creating Weavve, we not only wanted to make great looking sheets and sheets that will make you feel like a million bucks when you wake up in the morning, but safe sheets too. That drove us to manufacture our products in a mindful way and offer sheets that are Oeko-Tex® certified.
You’ve probably seen the label Oeko-Tex® thrown around in the textile world but what does it mean and why is it important? Allow us to break it down for you…
- What is Oeko-Tex® Certified?
Oeko-Tex® is a registered trade mark representing product labels and certifications issued by the International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology (which also calls itself Oeko-Tex® Association for short). The Oeko-Tex® Association was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Zurich.
- Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex®
Standard 100 was introduced in April 1992 as a label for textiles tested for harmful substances. This standard was implemented with a focus on consumer health, especially to prevent adverse health reactions to textiles.
The label "Confidence in Textiles" that goes with the certification stands for responsible textile production, safety, and transparency. Not only does it guarantee that the products are free from harmful substances, it also represents an additional reassurance for factory employees and consumers.
So, what does Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 test for?
- Process and Certification
A global network of independent laboratories test for toxic substances which are prohibited or regulated by law and chemicals that are known to be harmful to human health in accordance with Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex®.
The closer the material comes into contact with the skin, the higher the requirements need to be met in these tests. As a precautionary measure to safeguard health at every stage of production, they also test for colour fading and acidity.
For a product to attain the Standard 100 certification, all of its components (which includes sewing thread, buttons, lining, etc.) along the textile supply chain are tested and certified to be free from harmful levels of over 100 individual substances from 17 groups of chemicals. The full criteria catalogue can be viewed on Oeko-Tex®.
Besides Standard 100, the Oeko-Tex® Association also issues other product-related labels: Made in Green, Leather Standard, Eco Passport as well as STeP and Detox to Zero which attest to socially and environmentally sound conditions in production facilities.
- Is There a Difference Between Organic and Oeko-Tex®?
Have you ever wondered what is the difference between Oeko-Tex® and Organic certifications? Are they the same? Well, organic doesn’t mean what you might think.
Organic certification is all about how raw materials for the fabric is grown. Fibres that are grown organically but processed with harmful chemicals may still carry the organic label.
So what should you look for?
When buying bed linens, beware of words like: Natural, Pure Cotton, even Organic as these terms are loosely used. Remember to read labels, look for the Oeko-Tex® certificate and ask questions.
Find out the process something has to go through to get to the end stage product (fitted sheets/quilt covers) that you sleep in.
Sleep with a peace of mind with Weavve
Weavve’s cotton sheets are certified free from harmful dyes and chemicals.
At Weavve, we are committed to providing ethical alternatives to create sustainable luxurious living. We sleep better at night knowing that our sheets are Oeko-Tex® certified (you can check the validity of our Oeko-Tex® labels here).
Not only does this mean that our products are better for you, they are also manufactured in a way that is better for the environment.
To ensure each Weavve sheet is responsibly made to the highest social and environmental standards, we validate every step in our entire supply chain. Apart from being Oeko-Tex® certified, our factories are also in compliance with the BSCI code of conduct.
Our factories follow strict guidelines that ensures no harmful chemicals are being used in the manufacturing process.
From the fields to your hands, we prioritise not only aesthetics and quality but also transparency and sustainability. That is why we look at packaging in a fundamentally different way.
Rather than a ‘throwaway item’ with the sole purpose of protecting products, our packaging is designed to be reusable, bringing benefits to you that disposable versions can’t.
See how we look at responsibility as a whole here.
We don’t use plastic packaging for our sheets.
We want you and your family to feel confident knowing our products are authentic, sustainable, and most importantly, free from chemicals. This makes our bed linens perfect for babies and those who have sensitive skin. Rest easy knowing that Weavve’s sheets are made from certified fabric that are kind to both your skin and health!
Kids love our cotton sheets!