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If you’re looking to add more sustainable, eco-friendly products to your everyday life, you can start by making the rooms in your house a little greener (environmentally speaking we mean). That includes your bedroom. There are eco-conscious bedding options these days for everything from weighted blankets to luxury pillows. The key is finding durable linens and cushions made from sustainable materials like bamboo or recycled down alternatives.
Sustainable bedding will often be marked with one or more of these third-party certification standards.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS): This leading global standard sets rigorous requirements for fabrics to qualify as organic, including harvesting raw materials, all the way through environmentally and socially-responsible manufacturing.
OEKO-TEX Standard 100: This standard ensures the manufactured fabric is chemical-free, making it non-toxic and safe for home use.
Green Business Certification: Offered by Green America, this certification ensures that textiles are manufactured from certified organic or recycled materials that can be easily recycled or composted, and that manufacturing is done using fair, ethical, and sustainable labor practices.
Organic and natural fibers like cotton are still preferable to synthetic when it comes to sustainability, but there are other options that may be less of a drain on the earth’s resources.
Bamboo and Eucalyptus: These fast growing plants are self-renewing, require no fertilizer, and use far less water to cultivate than cotton, making it on the surface, a highly sustainable material. There’s a catch, however, in that manufacturing bamboo into rayon uses a highly chemical process that can wreak havoc on the environment. Bamboo and eucalyptus fabrics that use a process called lyocell, known by brand names TENCEL or Monocel, however, are much more sustainable.
Down Alternative: Real down is made from the soft under-plumage of goose feathers, but down sourcing has been widely criticized by animal rights activists for animal cruelty, as feathers are sometimes plucked from the still living bird. Down alternatives are often a much more sustainable and ethical option, but not all materials are created equal. Look for third-party certification as well as the use of recycled materials like plastics, that are reworked to be gentle and soft.
We all know that weighted blankets can help you feel more relaxed (with the weighted beads mimicking a gentle “hug”), so imagine how at peace you’ll feel when you know that your weighted blanket is also eco-friendly and not actively contributing to the end of the world. This weighted blanket is made of chilled bamboo — a sustainable fiber that regulates your body temperature to keep you cool all night.
The blanket is super soft and silky, with multiple sizes are available.
If you spend half as much time researching bedding as I do, then you’ve probably seen ads for the Buffy comforter on your social media feeds. It’s a great sustainable bedding choice because of the eco-friendly eucalyptus fabric as well as the recycled fiber interior. The eucalyptus fabric isn’t just more sustainable to manufacture, it is also softer than cotton and naturally-resistant to dust, mites, and mold. You can easily toss the comforter in the washing machine too, for easy cleaning.
Cotton takes more water to produce and manufacture, which is just one reason eco-friendly bamboo sheets are growing in popularity. Bamboo is also softer, temperature regulating, and moisture wicking, keeping you cool, dry, and comfy all night long. These sheets come in multiple sizes and colors to match any bedroom decor.
If you’re going to splash out on a fancy pillow, make it this Coop adjustable pillow, made from hypoallergenic fabric and filled with memory foam that you can add, subtract, and shape to create just the right fit for your neck. Plus, the pillow is rigorously-tested and certified by CertiPUR-US and GREENGUARD Gold, which ensures it is toxin-free with low chemical emissions.
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