The story of cotton is like that of most agricultural products. It is one littered with unfortunate practices that have negatively impacted the environment and exploited the world’s poor. Industrialization and demand have placed environmental and social concerns second to bottom-line economics.
However, we are entering a new paradigm where consumers are becoming more conscious of and concerned about how their buying practices impact people and the environment. We are seeing this consciousness change the ways we purchase everything from food to electronics. This is a paradigm that is also changing our approaches to cotton. For these reasons, Homestead asks that you bring us into your home. Much in the same way that eating organic, non-GMO, ethically-cultivated and harvested foods adds tremendous health benefits to your body, mind, and spirit, so too does using organic fabrics on your body and in your home.
Our fair trade organic sheets are certified to meet Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), which means our entire production process is certified, not just the end product.
Why Organic Cotton?
Cotton is a part of our daily lives. From the moment we dry our faces with our favorite, soft towel, to when we slide between freshly-laundered sheets at night, cotton is the one fabric that comforts us and makes us feel at home.
And just as we are becoming more mindful of our social and environmental impact in the contexts of our food and our electronics, so too should we be selective in our choices about clothing, linens, and other products developed from cotton.
Unfortunately, conventional cotton production is responsible for 16% of the world’s insecticide usage and 7% of the world’s pesticides. These practices not only negatively impact our environment, but can also result in serious health problems for farm workers and people living in communities near cotton fields. Additionally, many harmful chemicals are used in the cleaning and treatment of the fabric as well as those used in the dying process.
Organic methods have dramatically lessened the impact of cotton farming on the land and the people. Our products are made from cotton that is responsibly grown, cultivated, harvested, and processed. We are dedicated to support practices that use materials and methods that lessen the impact on our environment and replenish and maintain soil fertility and build biologically diverse agriculture. Homestead is dedicated to a more socially-conscious and environmentally-friendly approach to cotton, and we invite you to make that dedication with us.
A cotton staple is a length of cotton fiber. Cotton, being a natural fiber, comes in many staple lengths. We use long staple cotton, which is derived from the Gossypium barbadense species of cotton. This plant yields cotton with unusually long, silky fibers.
Light & Strong
Thick & Coarse
Our long staple cotton fiber is then spun into cones of single-ply yarn. Compared to the more common multi-ply yarn, single-ply yarn spun from long staple cotton fiber makes for a stronger and finer yarn that minimizes pilling, produces a really soft feel, and results in a tighter, more durable weave.
A cool and matte shine with a one-yarn-under & one-yarn-over weave.
A silky and soft shine with a one-yarn-under & three-yarn-over weave.
This single-ply yarn is then woven into either a percale or a sateen sheet. Percale sheets are cool, crisp, breathable, and very durable – they get softer with every wash. The sateen weave yields a soft and lustrous sheet that feels especially comfortable and luxurious.