FAQs

Bhumi Organic Cotton- Ethos

What does Bhumi mean?

Bhumi means ‘Mother Earth’ in Sanskrit. Protecting and giving back to the world we live in is an integral part of Bhumi, therefore we chose Bhumi as the name of our company.

Our mission is to be the home for sustainable bedding and clothing that reflect the natural beauty around us and provides the building blocks for greening your life and home.

At Bhumi, everything we offer is designed to comfort, nurture, revive and sustain - to help you turn your home into a blissful sanctuary. All of our products are designed with respect for the Earth and sustainable design and manufacturing practices.

 

What is organic cotton?

Organic cotton is produced without the use of harmful chemicals, insecticides and pesticides. It does not use genetically modified seeds, nor does it use any toxic dyes, bleaches or finishes. Overall, this results in organic cotton having a low environmental impact and is also soft, gentle and more durable than standard cotton.

To put the environmental impact in a little bit of perspective, regular cotton accounts for roughly up to 25% of global insecticide releases, out of which a lot is classified hazardous by the World Health Organisation - organic cotton uses no hazardous insecticides or pesticides.

What are the benefits of certified organic cotton for the planet?

The 5 benefits of certified organic cotton production for the planet are (www.cottonedon.org)

1. Give control to farmers, not GM companies - Organic farmers don't have their choices controlled by GM companies
2. Eliminate hazardous synthetic pesticides - Organic cotton doesn't use dangerous pesticides, protecting farmers' lives and the environment
3. Help farmers feed their families - Organic cotton enables farmers to grow other crops for food and income
4. Save precious water - Organic cotton uses less water, preserving a scarce and precious resource for the future
5. Combat climate change - Organic cotton farming uses less energy and healthy organic soils store more carbon

 

 

 

Why does Bhumi use certified organic cotton?

At Bhumi, everything we offer is designed to comfort, nurture, revive and sustain - to help you turn your home into a blissful sanctuary. Choosing organic organic brings the intrinisic beauty of nature into your home without the presence of any nasties (toxic chemicals, GMO, etc.) and allows you to enjoy the purest form of cotton as nature intended it to be … also knowing it was ethically made in adherence to the strictest environmental standards from seed to shelf.

We are committed to providing contemporary designs with the best possible cotton fabric available anywhere in the world. So, we only ever use 100% certified organic cotton. Not only does organic cotton have a low environmental impact, but also it is also soft, gentle and durable than standard cotton making it a natural choice for all our products.

 

Why does Bhumi support Fairtrade?

Bhumi is proud to be certified by Fairtrade Australia. Learn more at http://fairtrade.com.au. Fairtrade ensures a respect for the social, economic and labour rights of farmers and workers along the entire supply chain. It encourages sustainable farming practices, protects the environment and improves the quality of health and well being for farmers and workers.

Fairtrade enables the funding of community projects - the building of schools, health clinics, the building of wells for access to clean water, and education and training in business and agriculture.

By supporting fairtrade practices, Bhumi ensures a respect for the social and economic rights of the entire supply chain, including the farmers that are behind each product.

 

What does Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified mean?

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres worldwide. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire supply chain of organic textiles and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Independent third party certification is required for the whole supply chain. It enables legitimate ‘organic’ claims to be made on final products. The International Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standard is comprised of four reputed member organisations, namely OTA (USA), IVN (Germany), Soil Association (UK) and JOCA (Japan), which contribute to the GOTS, together with further international stakeholder organizations and experts, their respective expertise in organic farming and environmentally and socially responsible textile processing. For more information on Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), click on the link http://www.global-standard.org

From where does Bhumi source organic cotton? And why?

Currently, Bhumi sources all of its organic cotton from India. India, along with Turkey, is among the largest organic cotton producers in the world. For our required quality, volume and scale, we have chosen India as the destination to import organic cotton. India has one of the longest and respected textile traditions in the world, which means it provides us access to some of the highest quality production facilities in the world that comply with Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Soil Association requirements.

Are all Bhumi products vegan?

Yes - all our products are 100% vegan. We do not use or support the use of any animal products from "harvest to shelf".  We believe in compassion to all sentient beings.

What types of dyes are used in all Bhumi products?

The dyes we use are all certified, low impact fibre reactive in an environmentally sensitive facility.  We don’t use any chrome (or fasteners) in the process.  Also, all our products are formaldehyde free and are finished in accordance with the Global Organic Textiles Standards (GOTS) and certified by Australian Certified Organic (ACO).


What is Thread Count? Should it affect my buying decision?

Thread count is the number of horizontal and vertical threads in 1 square inch of woven cotton. Contrary to popular belief, higher thread count doesn’t necessarily translate into higher quality – the quality of the product depends directly on the weaving process and the quality of the yarn used.

Apart from the marketing 'gimmicks' (creative counting or double counting of threads), this concept may sometimes be confusing for consumers - the analogy we like to use to illustrate this point is of healthy vs. unhealthy hair. 50 strands of unhealthy hair or 100 strands of unhealthy hair is still considered unhealthy hair. More strands of unhealthy hair do not improve the underlying hair quality. The same is true for cotton and thread count.

Simply put - i) We don’t recommend paying more dollars just for higher thread count and ii) Make sure you are not falling into the marketing 'gimmicks' of thread count.


What is Sateen?

Our sateen fabric is glossy, luxurious, soft and known to resist wrinkling – it carries colours well.

Please refer to our popular blog article What is your sleep type? to help you work out which fabric may be the right one for you in delivering the ultimate sleep experience.

What is Percale?

Our percale fabric is crisp, soft and feels smooth and cool against the skin.

Please refer to our popular blog article What is your sleep type? to help you work out which fabric may be the right one for you in delivering the ultimate sleep experience.

What is Jersey?

Our jersey fabric is soft, easy to care and knitted stretchable fabric. It is perfect for making T–shirts and upper body garments.

Please refer to our popular blog article What is your sleep type? to help you work out which fabric may be the right one for you in delivering the ultimate sleep experience.

What is Flannel?

Our flannel fabric is soft woven and is slightly milled or raised. It is perfect for cooler temperatures – or for those who love the extra warmth.

Please refer to our popular blog article What is your sleep type? to help you work out which fabric may be the right one for you in delivering the ultimate sleep experience.

How do I protect my Bhumi products?

All Bhumi products are easy to care for - machine washable. We recommend using colours separately using cold/warm water and line dry. The use of bleaching agents may damage the colours, so we don’t recommend using any bleaching agents. Learn more at http://bhumi.com.au/pages/wash-and-care-guide

What if I am unhappy with a Bhumi purchase? What is Bhumi's return policy?

We take a lot of pride in offering you quality products that are ethically made from certified organic cotton. However, for some reason if you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, please contact us via email (help@bhumi.com.au) within 30 Days of receiving the goods - you can either return and receive a full refund OR request a replacement. The returned items must be in their original condition (e.g. unwashed).

In case you choose to return, we will arrange a full refund of your purchase including the cost of return postage*. In case you choose for a replacement, we will cover the cost of return postage* and send you the replacement at no additional cost.

* Australia-wide orders only

All returns should be mailed to the following address:

PO Box 442

Bulleen, Victoria 3105

Australia

 

PLEASE NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

For return shipping on international orders, we are unable to provide a label or reimburse for international return shipping charges.

We cannot guarantee that you will or will not be charged any customs taxes or duties. Any customs or import duties are charged once the parcel reaches its destination country. These charges must be paid by the recipient of the parcels.  

Who do I contact, if I have questions (before or after my purchase)?

If you have any questions, feedback or sales enquiries, send us an email at: help@bhumi.com.au

How will I know whether the item I want is ‘In Stock’?

If an item is out of stock, there will be an error displaying ‘Sorry - Sold Out!’ when adding the item to your cart. You can sign up for the 'Back in Stock' notification or always email us if you would like to inquire further about an Out of Stock item and ask about future availability of the item.

What are my payment options?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, PayPal and Afterpay as methods of payment. All transactions are processed on-line using our secure on-line payment system.

Where does Bhumi ship?

We ship to Australia (Free Shipping) and internationally to only New Zealand. Please refer to our Shipping & Return policy here

Does Bhumi offer In Store pick up?

Yes - all your purchases can be picked up from our store at 138 Commercial Road, Prahran during store hours. You can choose this option at the time of Checkout.