Features & Benefits
Why Buy Organic
Cotton is the most heavily sprayed field crop on the planet. 25% of insecticides used globally each year are applied to cotton even though it is grown on only 3% of the world’s arable land.
In California, the only state for which we have these figures, it takes 1.25 pounds of agricultural chemicals to produce the conventionally grown cotton in a single set of queen sized sheets.
How are Coyuchi's products made?
Thread count: Coyuchi’s TC varies from 220 to 350. In general, there is very little organic cotton sheeting available in higher thread counts. This is because the highest yielding, most bug and drought resistant varieties are best suited to organic cultivation and also happen to have shorter fiber. The longer-stapled types whose fiber can be spun into fine yarn are not as hardy and productive. However, by adding the step of combing before spinning, which separates out the short fibers, yarn is made softer and stronger.
All of Coyuchi's products are made from 100% certified organic cotton that is Fair Trade certified by FLO-CERT of Germany and ECOCERT of France. Every fiber of the organic cotton used by Coyuchi is produced in accordance with IFOAM growing and processing standards. Coyuchi's products are certified by SKAL, a Netherlands-based certifier, who oversees the cotton grown from the organic cotton farmers to the finished products.
Finishing: The finishing process also adds luster, softness and quality to the fabric. The first step involves washing the fabric with an amylase enzyme to add softness and eliminate pilling and a cationic softener to give it a supple, luxurious hand. The softener is type-allergenic and approved by both OTA in the US and SKAL, our certifier in India. Next comes sanforizing, a mechanical process that helps reduces shrinkage. Finally, fabric is run through a calendaring process, a sort of gigantic iron, which flattens and polishes it using high heat and tremendous pressure.
White is achieved by bleaching with hydrogen peroxide, a benign bleaching agent that breaks down into hydrogen and
What are the social benefits?
Coyuchi’s cotton is produced by family farmers who grow all crops organically and bio-dynamically on farms ranging in size from 2 to 10 acres. All are Fair-Trade Certified and members of the Chetna Organic Farming Association. Farmers are paid about 70% more than they would earn for conventional cotton.