NATURAL FIBERS vs SYNTHETIC FIBERS
Natural fibers include cotton, hemp and bamboo, and there are many misnomers about them in an environmental context. For example:
- Commercially-grown cotton uses millions of tons of water and 20% of the world's pesticides to produce. The pesticides are among the most toxic chemicals classified by the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Organic cotton has a low impact on the environment, but less than 1% of the world's cotton is organic.
- Hemp and bamboo have not been researched extensively for environmental impact. There is no known organic certification for bamboo and the process of producing bamboo fiber can be very polluting.
The most common synthetic fiber used for linens is microfiber. These synthetics represent the majority of the world's fabric usage, but use only one percent of fossil fuel demand. Comphy is made of a high performance microfiber, designed to withstand the rigors of laundering while providing a soft, lush feel.
IT ALL COMES OUT IN THE WASH.
When it comes to linens in the spa or hospitality industry, or even at home, laundry and lifecycle are crucial factors. Often, a true test of sustainability is how much water consumption is involved with the making and care of your linens (whether at an in-house laundry facility or an outsourced one). The production of one acre of cotton requires 25,000 tons of water, whereas production of the same amount of the material used to make Comphy linens requires four tons. The numbers speak for themselves.