- Generously filled Visonique Crib comforters suitable for year round comfort.
- 100% Certified USDA Organic Merino Wool filled. Merino Wool is considered a finer, softer wool that is itch free.
- Certified Organic Cotton cover is 300 thread count Sateen Unbleached Fabric that is grown in harmony with nature, free from chemicals, pesticides and dyes.
- Wool is naturally moisture, dust mite, mold and bacteria resistant, which is beneficial to allergy and asthma sufferers.
- Quilted Cover keeps wool from shifting and gives an attractive look.
- Helps regulate body temperature by increasing warmth in winter and coolness in summer because of wool's natural moisture wicking and thermal properties.
- Won't matt down like synthetic materials as wool is resistant to compression.
- Purchasing Organic products helps protect you and the environment by improving soil quality, promoting biodiversity and reducing the amount of toxic pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals in our ground, air and water.
- Organic Cotton Certified to Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and is OEKO-TEX 100 certified to ensure the cotton yarns are free of harmful chemicals and substances.
- Organic Wool awarded the WOOLMARK label to indicate it meets the stringent requirements set by WOOLMARK for quality and reliability.
- Spot clean only with soft brush and mild detergent. Do not machine wash. Air dry or line dry outside.
- Manufactured in an ISO certified facility and Fair Trade Certified to meet fair labor practices and empower local workers to earn a fair wage.
- Manufactured in the Kyrgyz Republic, called the "Switzerland of Central Asia".
- Packaged in an eco-friendly organic cotton bag with drawstring for easy product storage.
- Organic Cotton Source: India.
- Size: 35" x 53".
- Fill Weight: 25 ounces.
- Available Colors: Ivory, Gold, Silver, Green Tea and Lavender.
About Sleep & Beyond
Since 1992, Sleep & Beyond has been providing hypoallergenic and chemical free bedding to ensure a better night’s sleep. The manufacturing units are ISO and Fair Trade Certified for quality control management, fair trade labor and environmentally friendly practices. Wind power is used as an environment friendly energy source. They create each of their products in an eco-friendly factory located in the Kyrgyz Republic, also known as “The Switzerland of Central Asia”. From raising their merino sheep in the mountainous lands of Kyrgyz Republic into producing an exclusive organic bedding line called Visonique™, they do it all.
As a size of Colorado and with only 5 million people, Kyrgyz Republic is a home for one of the world’s largest glaciers, lakes, and mountain ranges. The Kyrgyz Wool Industry has a positive reputation around the world for its organic animal husbandry practices with the industry's success being based upon producing healthy and contented sheep, which give one of the finest, softest, and highest quality wool in the world market. More than 8 million sheep graze in mountainous lands of Kyrgyzstan.
Sleep and Beyond Certifications
USDA Organic – The entire merino wool production is certified organic according to National Organic Program of USDA, by CERES, a reputable Germany based organization.
WOOLMARK - Recognized throughout the world as a symbol of high quality and reliability and specifies that the product exceeds the global standards for pure wool filling. Stringent testing for quality, chemical and oil content, and product performance must comply with the high standards set by WOOLMARK before a manufacturer can apply the WOOLMARK label to its products. In addition to pasture and sheep monitoring, a sample of the WoolGaniqueTM wool is sent for chemical testing in England.
OKO-TEX 100 - OEKO-TEX 100 certification ensures that the cotton yarns used in production are safe for infants and free of harmful chemicals and substances.
GOTS – Cotton is certified organic according to Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) by Control Union, one of the oldest and most reputable certification agencies.
Fair Trade - Fair Trade Certification empowers farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
ISO 9000:2001 - Our manufacturing units are ISO Certified for quality control management and environmentally friendly practices.
WoolGanique™ is the exclusive certified organic merino wool fiber used as a filling for the Sleep & Beyond Visonique™ collection. It is grown on their merino sheep and is one of the finest, softest, and purest wool fibers available in the wool market.
Organic sheep husbandry and wool production is a whole chain of rules and regulations set by NOP, the National Organic Program of USDA, that need to be strictly followed in order to get the wool fiber certified organic. Farmers receive almost a double price for their raw organic wool batting versus conventional batting as they commit to follow strict organic standards. Every year an independent certification organization accredited by USDA sends their inspector for testing of the organic sheep and its organic wool to assure NOP compliance. WoolGaniqueTM practices include:
Organic Feed – sheep must consume only organically grown feed (wheat, Lucerne, Festuca Sulcata, Pea Pratensis) that provide them with complete nutrition which ensures high birth rate and finer wool fiber.
Organic Animal Husbandry – farmers have a map with their land and pasture information where only a proportional number of sheep to land can be grazed to prevent overgrazing and its devastating effects. Housing and management must be appropriate to the behavioral needs of the sheep. Animals should receive daily amount of sunlight and have freedom of movement, which increases their immune system and keep them less vulnerable to diseases and infections.
Veterinary Treatment – only a certain number of synthetic antibiotics are allowed by NOP. Use of synthetic hormones and genetic engineering is prohibited. Priority is given to natural veterinary practices.
Organic Farm Management – use of pesticides and herbicides is prohibited on the pasture and grazing lands.
Organic Traceability – whether it is organic feed, a newly born animal or shearing time, each step of production must be documented to assure its organic traceability.
Independent Third Party Certification – Overall, the whole organic wool production chain must be certified by an independent third party certification agency accredited by USDA to have the wool fiber labeled as organic.
Conventionally Grown Cotton
Conventionally grown cotton is a very chemically intensive crop and consumes approximately 25% of the insecticides and 10% of the pesticides used for agriculture. Producing enough cotton for one T-shirt requires about a 1/3 to 1/4 of a pound of pesticides and fertilizers. According to the US Department of Agriculture, fifty-five million pounds of pesticides were sprayed on conventional cotton grown in the U.S. in 2003 and over 2.03 billion pounds of synthetic fertilizers were applied to conventional cotton in 2000. Synthetic chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticide use increases the likelihood of human exposure even if there is no direct contact with these substances. These chemicals leach into the groundwater and contaminate our drinking water and end up in our food supply. Their production requires use of non-renewable petroleum based ingredients and the manufacturing process, storage and transportation produces more potential pollution.
The US Environmental Protection Agency considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in 2000 in the United States as "possible," "likely," "probable," or "known" human carcinogens. The US General Accounting Office has said "Exposure to pesticides can cause a range of ill effects in humans, from relatively mild effects such as headaches, fatigue, and nausea, to more serious effects such as cancer and neurological disorders. In 1999, EPA estimated that nationwide there were at least 10,000 to 20,000 physician-diagnosed pesticide illnesses and injuries per year in farm work. Environmental effects are evident in the findings of the U.S. Geological Survey, which reported in 1999 that more than 90 percent of water and fish samples from streams and about 50 percent of all sampled wells contained one or more pesticides. The concern about pesticides in water is especially acute in agricultural areas, where most pesticides are used."
Conventionally Grown Wool
When thinking of wool, we think of the sheep where wool comes from. In the US alone, over 14,000 pounds of insecticides were applied directly to sheep in year 2,000 to help control mites, lice, flies and other pests. The application of toxic pesticides to sheep is not only dangerous to the health of the sheep, but to humans and the environment as well. Pesticides used for sheep pose serious health consequences to farm workers with impacts ranging from depression and anxiety to central nervous system damage and reduced bone formation. These pesticides are also toxic to fish and wildlife through transfer from the application site via irrigation and storm water run-off. Antibiotics are also used on conventionally raised sheep to facilitate growth and compensate for overcrowding and unhealthy living conditions. These antibiotic feed additives can contaminate surface and ground waters through animal waste and can make their way into the human food chain where they can impact the ability of medicines to overcome bacteria resistance to antibiotics in humans.
Organic Cotton and Wool
The National Organic Standards Board of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines organic agriculture as "An ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony." Certified Organic means a verification process was performed by an independent state or private organization to ensure that the strict organic standards were followed in the crop or product's production. Organic standards regulate the farm production of the raw material, but in Organic Cotton production, the finished materials can be treated with synthetic chemicals and toxic dyes and still be labeled Organic. Certified Organic Wool fiber production is different as it has stringent requirements in fiber processing. When choosing Organic products, it is important to know if the product was made from "Certified Organic" base materials and any potentially harmful finishing processes used to produce the final end product. Making a shift toward organic production will have a major beneficial impact on all of us by reducing toxic chemical human exposure and pollution to our air, water, food and land.
- Provides a comfortable, soft feel.
- Is a durable and strong material that resists abrasion.
- Can absorb up to 27 times its weight in moisture making it great for bath products.
- Helps regulate body temperature and provides protection in both cold and warm conditions. Cotton will absorb perspiration from the skin and release it to the drier air to help keep you cool.
- No synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, irradiation, sewage sludge or genetic engineering were used for the previous three years.
- Farmers use beneficial insects that are natural predators to pests, improve the soil through the use of organic compost and crop rotation and pull weeds mechanically or physically.
- Reduced soil erosion, retention of soil nutrients and no contamination from toxic pesticide use that can remain persistent in our environment.
- A natural flame retardant and is used in place of toxic synthetic chemical flame retardant products to meet federal standards.
- Resistant to compression and springs back to shape to provide long life durability. A wool fiber can be bent up to 20,000 times without breaking compared to 3,200 times for cotton.
- Helps regulate body temperature and provides protection in both cold and warm conditions. Wool works to balance moisture conditions and will absorb perspiration from the skin and release it to the drier air to help keep you cool. In humid environments, wool provides a layer of dry air next to the body. Can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling wet.
- Produced in accordance with federal standards for Organic livestock production.
- Genetic engineering and hormones are prohibited.
- No synthetic pesticides can be used in feed, externally or on pasture land. Sheep can not be dipped in pesticides to control pests and grazing land must be free of synthetic chemicals for at least three years.
- Animal feed must be organic from the last third of gestation period.
- Livestock health is maintained through good management practices.
- Fiber processing restricts chemical use and requires separation of organic and non-organic fibers.
The Cost of Organic Cotton and Wool
There are several factors that impact the cost of Organic Cotton and Wool products. At the present time, Organic textile products cost more than a comparable conventionally grown textile product. As demand for Organic products increase, the growing, manufacturing and distribution costs will decrease to a point closer to conventionally grown products. Buying Organic products also helps to create a market transformation in which higher demand reduces costs and provides finished goods through more mainstream sources. Here are a few reasons why Organic Cotton and Wool products are more expensive.
- Economies of Scale - conventional product sales substantially exceed Organic product sales. The costs associated with the growing/harvesting, manufacturing and distribution are higher due to the smaller quantities.
- Organic Farming is more Labor Intensive - because Organic farming uses mechanical and human intervention rather than pesticides for crop maintenance, growing costs can be higher.
There are two costs associated when purchasing Organic products:
- The Purchase Cost - this is the cost you pay for your product at the retail outlet.
- The Environmental Cost - this is the cost you don't see when purchasing the product. There is a real financial cost and a personal cost associated with the use and exposure to toxic chemicals. The financial impacts may be through increased health care costs or through toxic waste cleanup and treatment of our air, water and land. Personal costs are more devastating such as those from disease, birth defects and changes to our wildlife.