Our super soft bamboo sheets are not treated with formaldehyde because we want you and your family to sleep in a safe and healthy environment. Formaldehyde (formic aldehyde) is a gas that exists in many household products and the construction industry. It generally functions as a preservative, but it is not something that you want to have next to your skin.
Let us explore formaldehyde and its use in bed linens and how our bamboo bed sheets are a friendlier option for your skin.
What is Formaldehyde?
Formaldehyde is a colorless and odorless gas that is a naturally occurring organic compound. However, just because it is organic does not mean that it is safe. It is an immediate product of the oxidation of methane gas and is a by-product of many processes, such as automobile exhaust, tobacco smoke, and forest fires.
There are no laws that make it a requirement to disclose its presence, but some product labels may list it as:
- Methylene glycol
- Methylene oxide
- Methyl aldlehyde
What is formaldehyde used for? It is used in making pressed wood products that are used in your home, such as particleboard and plywood. Permanent press fabrics, paper coatings, and insulation materials also use it. Another use of formaldehyde is as a disinfectant and preservative in funeral homes.
In the bedding industry, bed linen is treated with formaldehyde to make wrinkle-free sheets. Since we spend one-third of our lives in bed, it is important to ensure that our bedding does not pose a hazard. Therefore, eliminating this harmful substance from our bedding is one way to cut down on the total number of toxins that we come into contact with per day.
Dangers of Formaldehyde
What does formaldehyde do to the body? The American Cancer Society has linked the exposure to this toxic substance with the development of cancer of the nasopharynx. These studies looked at people who encountered this substance every day as part of their work.
You can read more about it in the American Cancer Society Carcinogens Report here:
There are many different sources of formaldehyde in the home. However, we spend relatively more time breathing the air near our bedsheets. Thus, exposure to this harmful ingredient is greater while we sleep, especially when the bed linen is new.
Formaldehyde can also cause other symptoms in the body, such as coughing and burning in the eyes, nose, and throat. It can also cause wheezing, nausea, and skin irritation. Incidentally, some people are more sensitive to it than others.
How to Stay Safe from Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde can exist in many items around the home, but there are some ways that you can reduce your exposure to it. For instance, not smoking inside the home and using a fan for ventilation when you are cooking is one way. Another way is to ask about toxic contents when you are buying furniture, cabinetry, and other building materials.
Since we spend much of our lives in bed close to our sheets, it is important to purchase those that do not contain toxic ingredients. Indeed, we pride ourselves on the fact that our bamboo rayon sheets are not treated with formaldehyde. Being certified by OEKO-TEX, independent laboratories verify and test them for harmful substances.
We Do Not Treat Our Bamboo Sheets with Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is something that you want to avoid in any way possible because long-term exposure has some serious health consequences. Thankfully, you can have confidence that our bamboo viscose sheets have achieved Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX and that they are safe for you and your family.