Our Organic Promise
Gray Heron's GOTS Organic Cotton vs. Other Brands "All Natural" Cotton
Conventionally produced cotton is laden with pesticides and insecticides, using more toxins than almost any other crop. When a brand says it uses "all natural cotton" what they mean is the cotton is from the cotton plant, but what they aren't saying is the methods used to grow the cotton are far from natural!
Pesticides poison farmers and the run-off seeps into drinking water, lakes and streams. Factory workers have to breathe in fumes from cotton chemicals when producing textiles and we feel the harmful effects of non-organic cotton. Headaches, rashes, irritated skin and a build up of carcinogens in our bodies can be the end-result.
Each Gray Heron Product is Made of GOTS certified organic cotton muslin. Muslin is a cotton fabric named from the city of Mosul, Iraq, where it was first manufactured in the 17th century. Muslin can be woven as a very thin, breathable fabric, and when layered, creates warmth while maintaining breathability.
In order to obtain the GOTS organic certification, a fabric must:
- contain at least 95% organic fiber (organic fibers not labeled GOTS must contain at least 70% organic fiber)
- be dyed with nontoxic dyes
- be produced in a mill that enforces strict social and environmental standards
All of our products are made with buttery soft, breathable, organic cotton muslin gauze, in either 4 layer or 8 layer fabric.
In 4 layers, we currently offer Baby, Oversized Throws, Twin and Full/Queen blankets. Our 8 layer blankets are offered in Baby, Oversized Throw, Full/Queen and King sizes.
When you remove your new Gray Heron from the bag, it will look more like a table cloth than the blanket you admired on the website. Do not worry! You will want to first wash the blanket on a gentle or permanent press cold water setting. Your blanket will emerge from the wash with that wonderful, textured grid pattern. Once dried, (dry on a lower setting or line dry), the blanket will feel just as you'd expected! Please note that your blanket will shrink slightly in the wash and dry process. All dimensions listed on our website are “after washing” dimensions.