You rest your head on a pillowcase every night….do you know from where those pillowcases came? Finding Made in America bedding is surprisingly difficult. Cotton & Care founders experienced this first hand and were determined to bring to market sheets that were ethically made in the United States of America. Cotton & Care’s vision also surrounded transparency and giving back.
Cotton & Care manufactures bed sheets and pillowcases supplying full transparency in their manufacturing process. Having full traceability and local production allows Cotton & Care to assure you that their bedding is Made in America: ethically, affordably priced and using no toxic chemicals in the process.
American Supima® cotton is used for Cotton & Care sheets, sourced and grown in California’s Central Valley. It is known as a superior type of cotton and makes up less than 1% of worldwide cotton growth. Supima® Cotton is especially strong and long lasting due to its extra-long fibers. The fibers in Supima® cotton are on average 1.5 inches, versus typical cotton, which has an average fiber length of about one inch. Shorter fibers are subject to pilling and feel more rough to the skin. Supima® becomes softer and softer over time.
Cotton & Care is committed to employing US workers, paying them a livable wage and maintaining comfortable working conditions. Cotton & Care prioritizes it’s own community, but also values giving back.
Cotton & Care gives back to an area that hits home to the textile industry as the whole process is water-intensive. Water. For every item that Cotton & Care sells, they make a donation to Water.org. In fact, an astounding 50% of Cotton & Care’s profits are donated to the world water crisis.
Billions of people across the world do not have access to safe water, while Americans take water for granted and often waste much of it. One in ten people across the world live without access to safe water. Every 90 seconds a child dies due to a water-related disease. In developing countries women and girls often spend six hours of their day to collect water. For $25, Water.org is able to provide a safe water source for one individual.
We’ve often posed the question, which is more important, organic or made locally. Cotton & Care has addressed this question in their argument for using Supima® Cotton. Cotton & Care weighed decisions carefully to provide consumers the most ethical product they could create. They determined having more control of their manufacturing process by having production plants closer, was most important. This allows them to oversee their supply chain chain to meet safety and labor requirements, to produce less carbon waste and to operate under the chemical regulations of the United States. Overseas many times products are labeled ‘organic’ but there is no guarantee. In the United States, the most dangerous pesticides are banned.
Part of the Cotton & Care vision was to provide bedding to the market that was affordable as well as made locally and ethically. Cotton & Care sells direct to consumer, which cuts out the middleman costs, allowing their sheets and pillowcases to be less expensive.
Cotton & Care has limited expenses and waste by starting out the line in white sheets and pillowcases. As the brand grows, they have plans to add additional colors and other products such as duvet covers to their bedding assortment.