I’m thirty years old. According to this analysis, I’ve slept for twelve of those years.
It is in sleep that our brains make sense of the emotional stress of the day, memories get filed away, and our bodies heal and grow. When put in that perspective, things I deem investments - like a new mattress or even a sheet set - don’t seem so expensive after all.
I’m kind of a bad ethical blogger because I haven’t, even once, bothered to acquire a fair trade, organic sheet set until now. Even though I know that higher priced goods in this niche are often a sign of better ethics - and very often a sign of better quality, too - my budget and penny-pinching upbringing make me think long and hard about value before committing to a purchase.
What sealed the deal with SOL Organics, besides, of course, the formal partnership, is that their fair trade, GOTS certified organic sheets are actually affordable, at prices comparable to a nice pair of sheets from a conventional retailer.
And they don’t just talk the talk for the sake of a positive marketing angle. They’ve got a bounty of certifications that confirm they’re invested - both ethically and financially - in a more ethical and sustainable home linens industry.
About SOL Organics’ Certifications
Both fair trade and GOTS certified, SOL Organics’ products meet or exceed metrics of fair labor and sustainability set by internationally recognized and respected certifying agencies.
The fair trade certified seal guarantees safe, ethical working conditions for artisans, and that an additional fair trade premium has been re-invested in the community to be used as artisans see fit.
GOTS, or the Global Organic Textiles Standard, ensures that textiles - from raw materials to dyes to chemical finishes - were produced using people and planet-safe (often naturally derived) techniques that do not pollute or contribute to health problems. In SOL Organics’ case, sheets and other linens were produced with organic cotton and plant-based dyes.
SOL Organics also undergoes testing for chemical safety through the Confidence in Textiles Certification and has an additional fair trade certification through FLOCERT.
I received these sheets for review just over a month ago, so I’ve had ample time to inspect and enjoy them. As with all bedding, I like to wash them to ensure that any residue from production and shipping is removed and that they’re soft and free of wrinkles.
I really have nothing but good things to say about them. Made with soft, long staple organic cotton, they’re extremely comfortable against the skin. The dove grey is perfect for my neutral cream and grey bedroom, and the deeply-pocketed fitted sheet fits my newer mattress without any risk of pulling off (this is fairly common for newer sheets, but I have some old ones that I’m constantly having to tug at).
At $149 for a queen set, pricing is comparable to a conventional set, but the quality of materials and commitment to fair trade production more than justify seeing them as a long term investment purchase.
I’ve noticed that some of my thinner, lower quality sheets tend to pill and fade in a short amount of time, but I haven’t noticed any wear at all with SOL Organics, and I’m one of those people who leaves on sheets for far longer than is hygienically recommended (eek! Sorry for the gross confession), so I feel like I can say that with confidence.
Final Thoughts & Recommendations
When I’m ready to add another sheet set to the rotation, I think I can unquestioningly say I’ll choose SOL Organics (maybe in Steel Grey to really mix things up, lol). I’m a big believer in shopping secondhand first, but it is actually really difficult to find a queen sheet set in good condition on the secondhand market, so in this case, I do advocate seeking out the most ethical new option.
SOL Organics also sells fair trade, organic towels, duvet covers, comforters, and even a crib mattress.