How is cotton grown?
To grow cotton you need a long frost-free period, moderate rainfall (not too much, not too little) and lots of sunshine. These qualities are all found in the South Plains region of Texas, where the organic cotton we get from the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative comes from.
Organic cotton must past these qualifiers:
- Plants have not been genetically modified
- Plants are grown without the use of synthetic agricultural chemicals
- All practices must comply with the National Organic Program standards
Cotton fibers, which are almost pure cellulose, go through a lot between growing in the field and being sewn into our buckwheat pillows. Planting begins as early as February. The shrubs must grow, flower and bare fruit. Cotton seed pods, called bolls, contain hundreds of thousands of fibers that pop out like popcorn when the boll is mature. They are harvested, cleaned of debris and then wound into thread. The thread is woven into fabric, like twill we use to make our buckwheat pillows.
The manufacturing process of the fabric we use has a small carbon footprint.
The fabric we use to make our ComfySleep pillows was made using cotton grown in Texas and certified 100% organic by the Texas Department of Agriculture. The yarns were spun in North Carolina and the fabric was woven in South Carolina by a US workforce.
To read about ComfySleep buckwheat hull pillows or to purchase click here.
ComfySleep pillows are now made with organic cotton twill fabric that was grown on US farms and woven in US mills!
We have been working towards this goal for a long time. Sustainable, fair practices are very important to us at ComfyComfy and we want to reflect our values in the pillows we make. We’ve been contacting growers, and working with weavers to find a fabric that matched all of our needs.
Why organic cotton twill?
The fabric used to make our buckwheat pillows needed to be durable to contain buckwheat hulls for many years without being stiff and uncomfortable. It needed to be soft and create a pleasant experience for all those who would rest their head on our pillow each night. Lastly, this fabric needed to be planted, grown, harvested and woven as close to home as possible.
We found farmers in Texas who produce the majority of organic cotton used the US, and a weaver in South Carolina that is as dedicated to making sustainable products as we are.
Sleep well knowing your ComfySleep pillow was grown in the US and made in the US.
To purchase a ComfySleep Buckwheat hull pillow click here.