Product Review of CassaDecor Set of 6 100% – Combed Organic Cotton (2 Bath Towels, 2 Hand Towels, 2 Wash Cloths) – Naturel By Kassatex
Since we've now been married 17 years and the majority of the towels in our house were either wedding gifts or leftover from back when we were in college, my husband and I decided it was time to order some new towels. (Okay, he decided it was time for new towels. I was okay that you could see daylight through most of ours.) Conventional cotton is grown under some pretty nasty conditions. The New Internationalist states:
Cotton is easily damaged by pests, so cotton growers are always looking for ways to protect their crops. For this reason, large quantities of the most toxic pesticides in the world are used in growing cotton:
Only 2.4% of the arable land in the world is used for growing cotton;
However, 24% of the insecticides sold on the world market in 1994 were used on cotton crops.
Small farmers in many developing countries grow cotton; it is a cash crop which contributes to the economies of these countries. However, pesticides can be particularly dangerous for farmers in developing countries, where workers are often too poor to protect themselves properly when they use the chemicals.
In developing countries, as many as 14% of work-related injuries in agriculture are thought to be caused by pesticides, and so are 10% of the injuries that lead to death.
Bt Cotton has also been linked to massive numbers of animal deaths where animals were allowed to graze on harvested fields. (The animals used to be just fine before they switched to Bt cotton.)
Knowing this, we decided to invest in certified organic cotton towels. Certified organic means products must meet certain minimum requirements.
- Farmer and processor must have annual certification inspections
- Detailed records must be kept of practices
- No conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, or harmful chemicals have been applied for at least 3 years
- Ecologically friendly methods and substances must be used to improve soil conditions and control pests
It's not perfect, but it's a step in the right direction.
On to the towels…
The set contained six towels – 2 Bath Towels, 2 Hand Towels, 2 Wash Cloths. The bath towels are 53″ x 28″, the hand towels are 26″ x 17″ and the wash cloths are 12″ x 12″. Both the bath towels and the hand towels had hanging loops stitched into the end panels, which I thought was a nice touch. I've never had a set of towels that had that before.
The towels were thick, plush and absorbent. Like the Maggie's organic socks we had purchased previously, when dried on the laundry line they stayed soft, not “crispy” like most other cotton items.
When used, they absorb well but also dry well, so they don't get musty smelling. (I hate towels that just smear the water around and then take forever to dry so they start to stink almost immediately.)
The seams are wide and well stitched. The end seams are folded over twice (no skimping on finishing). This is in stark contrast to so many products currently on the shelves, which are shorting the seams to save on costs as cotton prices rise.
We've had the towels since May (almost three months) and there are no signs of fraying or wear under daily use. I use the hand towel for a bath towel and to wrap around my wet hair – it's big enough for me. The boys and hubby prefer the bath towels. I can use the wash clothes to scrub grimy feet without worrying about staining. 🙂 The color we chose was Curry, which is no longer available, but Sandstone looks similar. I am very happy with the purchase and would highly recommend the towels. I thought the price was comparable to good quality high end towels.
If it's not in the budget to buy organic, consider shopping at thrift stores or other second hand sources to minimize environmental impact (and stretch your money a little further).
I'll be doing more reviews of products we've tried over time, but I'm not a big shopper. 🙂
Meanwhile, if you need a fix of “home and garden”, you may want to take a peek at a site I recently found called Be@Home. Be@Home is “Become.com”’s blog source for everything you need to make your house—or apartment—look and feel like a home.” They seem like nice folks, and they have a green living section that talks about a number of interesting products.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope that the next time you go shopping you'll consider organic alternatives. Every bit of pesticides and other chemicals we can keep out of the environment helps.