The most traditional fabric blend used to manufacture hospital linens consists of cotton and polyester. For many decades, the typical ratio for hospital bedsheets was 55% cotton and 45% polyester; in recent years, however, an emerging trend among healthcare administrators has increased the amount of cotton. At modern intensive care and neonatal care units, 100% cotton sheets are becoming more common, and in some cases, administrators will insist that they are made with organic cotton.
Organic Bed Sheets for Hospitals
Why would a healthcare facility choose 100% organic cotton for its bedsheets? Hospital administrators who wish to maximize the reusable factor of their linen would probably be better served by a 50/50 polyester and cotton blend, but there is more than just durability to consider. When thinking about the overall health of patients, it makes more holistic sense to use organic fabrics because of their hypoallergenic properties. With regard to the antimicrobial barrier that fabrics can provide, cotton will always be superior to most polyester.
The Appeal of Organic Cotton in Hospitals
According to a 2006 research study published on the Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, cotton sheets and wraps used in clinical settings such as operating rooms were able to retain their antimicrobial properties after going through the sterilizing autoclave up to 65 times. Once this limit was reached, cotton sheets with higher thread counts can still be used in nursing wards, where they could be subject to hundreds of washing cycles without excessive tearing and stretching.
The Sustainable Promise of Organic Cotton
Holistic care and sustainable practices go hand in hand. Cotton is a plant-based product, but its cultivation process has not always been the most organic or sustainable. Our textile partners in Turkey adhere to organic farming and manufacturing practices because it makes perfect sense to do so. Organic cultivation involves the reduction of pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified organisms; it also requires certain soil management practices and ecosystem preservation strategies that are laborious but worth every effort because they contribute to sustainability. At Organic Apparel USA, we enjoy working with organic cotton because we know that it grows happier that way.
Learn More About Wholesale Organic Cotton Linen
Organic Apparel USA works directly with textile operations based in the Anatolia region of Turkey, one of the most respected sources of organic cotton in the world. We serve a variety of sectors ranging from private fashion labels to luxury hotel chains and from restaurants to healthcare facilities. If you wish to learn more about any of our products, please contact our office as soon as possible so we can answer any questions you may have about the ordering process.