We introduced our eco-friendly organic cotton bean bag chairs in 2009. Back then there weren't any bean bags that we considered to be stylish, practical, comfortable, and organic. Believe it or not, that still holds true to this day. Our organic bean bag furniture is the first to market that, in our opinion, hits the mark in every way.
Stylish: 11 different colors to choose from, like our popular lime green, hot pink, yellow, and blue.
Practical: Fully removable, machine-washable organic cotton cover. Inner water-repellent liner that holds the filling safely inside while the cover is being washed. Child-resistant zipper that unlocks and relocks to keep kids out while allowing parents access to the filling.
Comfortable: Buttery soft cover. Polystyrene (Styrofoam) pellet filling that offers comfort and support.
Organic: 100% certified organic cotton covers - so your skin has direct contact with organic cotton. (Regular inner liner is water-repel polyester, but you can upgrade to an organic liner.)
*If you're wondering about flame retardants in our products:
Per California TB117-2013, our products manufactured after December 31, 2014 have law labels that read:
“The upholstery materials in this product:
__X_contain added flame retardant chemicals
____contain NO added flame retardant chemicals
The State of California has updated the flammability standard and determined that the fire safety requirements for this product can be met without adding flame retardant chemicals. The state has identified many flame retardant chemicals as being known to, or strongly suspected of, adversely impacting human health or development.”
*TB117-2013 requires that: "Manufacturers must mark an “X” next to the applicable statement. For the purposes of the disclosure, a product contains added flame retardant chemicals if the chemical is present in amounts above 1,000 parts per million."
Although some filling we get from our suppliers has a flame retardant amount LESS THAN 1,000 parts per million, we feel it's totally misleading to check the box that says "contain NO added flame retardant chemicals". Because it does have a flame retardant! That word "added" is confusing to the average consumer.
To be more clear, as with all bean bag companies, to comply with CA TB117-2013, products manufactured after 12/31/14 must be labeled a certain way. This makes them compliant. It is not required that they are flame retardant free. CA TB117-2013 specifies parameters on how to label your bean bag, not that it doesn't have any FRs. Ahh! Products errs on the side of caution and labels products produced in 2015 and later to disclose that we DO have flame retardants, even if we could potentially select the TB 117-2013 option that we do NOT have "added" flame retardants because the flame retardant amount on some of our filling is below a certain threshold.
CA TB117-2013 can be misleading and some companies are taking advantage of the confusing wording. Please contact us directly for more information - we are happy to answer with complete honesty! If someone tells you their polystyrene does not have ANY flame retardants, you should question them thoroughly.
Remember, our covers and liners do NOT have flame retardants (except "Kinetic Energy-plum" covers).
Ok, now...Let's talk in depth about the organic side of things.
Ahh! Products uses 100% organic cotton twill to produce the covers of our organic bean bag chairs. The cotton fibers are SKAL and GOTS certified. The dyeing and finishing process is GOTS and OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified.
So, what does all this "organic" stuff really mean?...
From our fabric mill: "Our soft, smooth cotton is certified organic from seed to shelf. It is grown without pesticides and dyed & printed with eco-friendly, certified dyes. This makes our organic product better for you and better for the planet."
How Organic Cotton is Grown:
In organic farming, the way crops are grown must have a low impact on the environment and harmful chemicals cannot be used. Cotton seeds cannot be treated with pesticides or insecticides, so growers must use different solutions. For example, in India where much of our organic cotton comes from, seeds are often covered in cow manure. Manure's fungicidal qualities work on keeping bacteria under control. Instead of artificial pesticides with harmful chemicals, organic farmers grow "insectary plants" next to cotton fields. These plants attract harmful insects and help to lure them away from the cotton plants. Helpful insects, such as Trichogramma wasps and Coccinelid beetles (lady bugs) are also used to keep harmful pests under control since they are natural predators.
Herbicides are replaced with manual weeding. Picking is also often manual so the use of heavy, wasteful machinery can be reduced or eliminated.
Natural fertilizers are used on cotton plants. Growers use special plants that naturally increase and manage nitrogen levels in the soil. The "green" manures used are totally natural, so non-organic fertilizers are not necessary. To till the land, conservation tillage is used. This means there is less plowing and soil disruption, which reduces erosion and increases the amount of water the soil can retain.
Organic processes also work to use less energy, less water, and should produce minimal to no harmful emissions nor pollution. It uses 50% less fossil fuels than conventional farming. Now that's eco-friendly!
Certified organic cotton farming also prohibits the use of genetic engineering (GMO), irradiation, sewage sludge, toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers.
Fun fact: Conservation tillage has reduced the United States' carbon dioxide emission equal to taking 27,000 cars from the road!
Once the cotton is harvested, producing organic cotton fabric is similar to that of non-organic cotton in terms of the technology used (ginning, spinning, weaving, and dyeing/finishing). However, organic cotton has strict rules that govern these processes. Organic cotton must be kept totally separate from conventional cotton, and the various machinery used to gin, spin, weave, and dye/finish are cleaned to avoid contamination. In the dyeing and finishing processes, only substances that meet organic standards are allowed. These substances should be biodegradable and environmentally-friendly. For example, "low-impact fiber-reactive dyes" are often used because they are absorbed better by cotton, thus creating less wasteful runoff. Plus, they don't contain toxic substances.
Organic Cotton Fabric Specification Sheet from Our Mill
Ahh! Products uses cotton that is certified by SKAL, OEKO-TEX, and GOTS.
SKAL is a non-profit foundation that inspects and certifies harvesting and production methods following EU-Regulation (EEC), number 2092/91. SKAL ensures that products named "organic" definitely come from an organic production process. Based in the Netherlands, SKAL is under the roof of the Dutch Ministry and is recognized internationally as an organic standard. SKAL is a member of IFOAM and EOCC, the European Organic Certifiers Council.
OEKO-TEX Standard 100 tests finished fabrics for carcinogens (cancer-causing substances), heavy metals, formaldehyde, and potentially allergy-causing dyes. First introduced in 1992 in Austria, OEKO-TEX Standard 100 labels textiles that have been proven to be below a limit for certain harmful substances. Only fabrics that meet their criteria carry the label "Confidence in Textiles". Certification must be renewed yearly, and can only be received after successful laboratory testing. Textiles are tested for substances such as formaldehyde, pesticides, extractable heavy metals, and preservatives such as tetra and pentachlorophenol. The textiles are also tested for banned carcinogenic dyes and dyes that are known to cause allergies. Fabrics must have skin-friendly pH levels and good color-fastness.
GOTS stands for "Global Organic Textile Standard". For a fabric to be GOTS certified, the fibers must be at minimum 70 percent organic. The dyes and finishing substances used must pass GOTS requirements on toxicity. GOTS also looks at how waste is processed. Plus, GOTS ensures that human rights standards are followed both at the cotton fields and the dying facility.
Organic Cotton Certificate
"14. Declaration of the body issuing the certificate
This is to certify that the products designated above have been obtained in accordance with
the rules of production and on inspection of the organic production method and sustainable textile
production, as set out and monitored by the control body mentioned in box 4 (Control Union/SKAL)."
Benefits of Environmentally-Friendly, Organic Cotton:
1. Consumers get a healthier end-product without harmful chemicals. Relief for many that suffer from allergies, making it hypo-allergenic.
2. Low impact on the natural environment during production/growing and processing.
3. Good working environment for workers, both in terms of human rights and the substances they are exposed to.
4. Less energy and water used. Less or no pollution.
Ahh! Products is proud to be among other top brands that offer organic cotton products, such as Nike, Levis, Patagonia, and Target. By producing eco-friendly organic bean bags, we hope to help our customers and the environment for generations to come.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at 888-244-6818 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.