Egyptian Cotton™ vs. Organic Cotton. Which Is Better?

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Egyptian Cotton™ and Organic Cotton are fibers that remind us of sustainable, luxury bedding. But what’s the actual difference between them? Stay tuned and find out in this article.

White Organic Cotton yarns on the loom.

Egyptian Cotton™ and Organic Cotton are incredible fibers that provide invigorating sensations and an extremely soft touch. They are high-quality, natural fibers, so it’s normal to get them confused and not know which is better for you and your sleeping needs.

The truth is that these fibers differ from their source, their growing, and the final product’s touch. For a more conscious purchase and to avoid failing for counterfeit versions, let’s understand the characteristics of each fiber.

Egyptian Cotton™

White duvet cover detail in Egyptian Cotton Sateen™.

Although THON’s production is 100% made in Portugal, we care about our fibers’ quality to maximize your comfort. That’s why our range of certified qualities includes Egyptian Cotton™. As its name suggests, this fiber is cultivated and grown in the fertile soil of Egypt, more precisely in the Nile Delta area.

And it’s the soil’s properties and the harvesting of the Cotton flower that make all the difference to its quality. This fiber is carefully hand-picked to maintain its delicacy and prevent breakage. These peculiarities, combined with the fact that Egypt is a world reference in the production of extra-long staple Cotton, make it very rare and highly valued on the market.

These features result in bedding renowned for its luxurious and strong touch. Durability and softness are also other advantages of this wonderful fiber.

If you love high-quality bedding with a silky touch, this fiber will surely win your heart. For true Sateen lovers, Sateen Egyptian Cotton™ bedding with its “buttery” touch will become a must! If you like a luxurious and fresher feel, Percale will definitely win you over.

Cotton Egypt Association Certification.

But watch out, as this fiber is so rare and premium, many companies market counterfeit or “Made in Egypt” versions as being woven with Egyptian Cotton™. To ensure you buy an authentic and genuine product, check if it’s certified by the Cotton Egypt Association with the gold seal. This certification allows you to trace the product and see if it has been crafted with 100% pure Egyptian Cotton™.

Organic Cotton

Organic Cotton flower in a field.

This fiber grows and thrives with biodegradable and organic farming techniques, prioritizing a sustainable future.

Unlike Egyptian Cotton™, Organic isn’t grown in a specific area of the planet. Of course, the quality of the soil it is cultivated in interferes with the excellence of the fiber. Still, the turning point lies in exclusively using 100% organic fertilizers, which enrich the soil. In this sense, all the techniques used to make Organic Cotton home textiles are organic, including the dyeing and all the finishes. Pest control is also carried out using biological methods without pesticides. These techniques promote crop rotation. In this sense, all the processes used to make Organic Cotton home textiles are organic, including the dyeing and all the finishes. These processes are approved by GOTS - Global Organic Textile Standard - the most rigorous and globally recognized organic certifier. This certification guarantees safety and transparency by testing and auditing the product from seed, cultivation, harvesting, dyeing, and making the final product.

As it’s a fiber that offers us the best of Nature in its purest form, it’s highly breathable and soft. These properties make it very comfortable to the touch and great to use all year round. The fabric doesn’t absorb moisture by allowing airflow, which makes it unfriendly to the proliferation of dust mites and bacteria. So, if you are allergic to fabrics, Organic Cotton bed linen is perfect for you. Since it’s hypoallergenic, it’s ideal for all age groups and with any pathology. Please note that Egyptian Cotton™ also respects your needs. However, as Organic Cotton is so pure, it enhances its natural properties.

The quality of Organic Cotton fibers can vary with the climate in which it’s grown and the techniques used. Combining this with excellent weaving techniques and finishes ensures our Organic Cotton is exceptionally durable.

GOTS and OEKO-TEX® certification.

At this point, you are probably wondering how you can guarantee that a product is made with Organic Cotton. All organic products have to be certified by GOTS and OEKO-TEX®. The first certification proves that the Cotton is grown using predefined organic cultivation methods. The entire process is audited by external entities according to strict environmental and social criteria. Through this certification, you can be sure that the Organic Cotton fibers have not been genetically modified (GMO). This certification also protects the workforces involved in the production of Organic Cotton.

With the OEKO-TEX® certification, in the case of organic products, you can be sure that the Organic Cotton fibers have not been genetically modified. What's more, you can guarantee that you're buying a product that is free of any harmful substances for you, our artisans and the planet. As THON is committed to you, the earth, and the safety of our workers, all our products are OEKO-TEX® certified. In the case of Organic Cotton, this certification also guarantees that the fiber has not been genetically modified.

What is the best Cotton bedding?

Room with large windows facing the sunset, white Egyptian Cotton™ bedding, chair, and bedside table next to the bed.

It is clear that both fibers have unique characteristics that complement each other in any bedding set that strives for quality and environmental awareness. Properties such as softness and purity are unquestionable and cannot be considered a differentiating factor, since the touch and origin of both are majestic.

While Egyptian Cotton™ stands out for its luxury and durability, Organic Cotton wins for its softness, sustainability, and purity. However, both Egyptian Cotton™ and Organic Cotton are perfect for the most sensitive skins and those prone to developing allergies.

Your choice will depend on your personal needs and preferences. Remember to always check the product and brand certifications. This will ensure that you are buying a premium, sustainable product.

Have you tried Egyptian Cotton™ or Organic Cotton bedding? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.


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