At Lavender & Chamomile, we care about our customers. THEIR concerns are OUR concerns. We actively participate in conversations on social media platforms. Some questions get asked repetitively, and we know that is because these subjects are important to our customers. If it’s important to our customers, it’s important to us. That is why this blog post is dedicated to questions related to products made in China.
China has gotten a bad rap. Often when people think of China and products that are made there, they have negative feelings about it. They remember the Chinese drywall incident that came to light around 2009. If you don’t recall, it was exposed that Chinese drywall sold from 2001 and 2009 contained numerous toxins, causing a slew of related health issues. Lawsuits popped up like weeds regarding this epidemic. It’s estimated that more than 20 states and approximately 100,000 homes were affected. As a result of this situation, a stigma was created in many people’s minds that things that are made in China are inherently bad. Is a product that is made in China bad just because it was made there?
Does it matter if a product is made in the USA, in Mexico, in China, or any other locale? Not necessarily. What truly matters is the quality of the workmanship. Probably even more important is the trustworthiness and credibility of the materials used. Consumers need to be able to rest assured that the products that they are using are safe. That there aren’t toxins, chemicals, or other dangerous ingredients used in production. How can this assurance be achieved?
There are a few tools to ensure that the products that you use are reputable and that they do not pose a danger to the user. Many independent organizations have been created to make sure that consumer products are safe, regardless of the part of the world that they were created in. CertiPUR-US ® is one such company that assists with this. Administered by a not-for-profit organization, their purpose is to certify the safety of foams such as those used to make pillows, mattresses, and other products. When a company certifies their foams with CertiPUR-US ®, you know that there has been rigorous testing. You can feel confident that there are no ozone depleters, no mercury, no lead, no formaldehyde, or to sum, nothing harmful is in the foam. A similar certifying company is OEKO-TEX ®. The focus of this company is to certify the safety of textile products, starting with the threads and going to the end products. Their STANDARD 100 Certification uses one hundred different parameters that check for prohibited dyes, nickel, formaldehyde, and other similar and harmful chemicals.
As I already wrote, Lavender & Chamomile cares about our customers and their concerns are our concerns. Harmful toxins and chemicals are a priority concern to our customers, which makes them a priority concern to us. Did you know that, because of these concerns, Lavender & Chamomile utilizes both CertiPUR-US and OEKO-TEX to certify their products? That’s right. We don’t just say that it’s a concern, we take steps to do something about it. Whether you buy pillows or bedsheets from Lavender & Chamomile, you can buy with confidence knowing that you are purchasing safe and certified products. You really can experience bliss as soon as your head hits the pillow.