As winter comes around again the night-time temperatures drop, which means we have to wrap up warm both in and out of bed. Combined with a global energy crisis, which is seeing home heating bills skyrocket, it has never been more important to ensure we have adequate bedding to keep us comfortable and warm over the winter months. Of course, this comes with its own challenges in terms of sourcing bedding that is both sustainable and ethical.
In this guide we will take a closer look at 10 of the best sustainable bedding brands, examining their material choices and manufacturing processes, as well as the cost and comfort factors. We have tried to choose sustainable bedding companies that not only use sustainable materials but that also operate in an ethical way.
There are a number of organizations and initiatives that certify organic and sustainable bedding products. So, try and look for these quality marks when making your purchase. These include:
- Green Business Certification
- OEKO-TEX Standards
- B Corp
- Climate Neutral
American Blossom Linens
Producing sustainable linen bedding made in Georgia from 100% USA organic cotton grown in Texas, this company has been making fine sheets and pillowcases since the 19th century. The sheets they make are really good quality, thick, and get softer with every wash. All materials are environmentally sourced, and the colors are natural, so no bleaching or dying has taken place. All their products come in a box without any plastic packaging, which is another bonus.
Another company that makes superior quality sustainable bedding sets from linen, these products are both hypoallergenic and antibacterial. Biome is also dedicated to zero waste principals and does not use any plastic materials. The company prides itself on the honesty of its labeling, meeting strict standards, and doing no harm to either people or animals in its manufacturing.
Specializing in making temperature-related products from natural materials, Cozy Earth is perhaps best known for their bamboo bedding. This includes a choice of sheets, duvet covers, comforters and pillowcases. The fabric is designed to be cool to the touch, so it’s perfect if you suffer from overheating or night sweats in bed (which can happen even in winter). Plus, as it’s all made from bamboo fibers, it’s organic sustainable bedding you can rely on for a great night’s sleep.
This company has been a pioneer in sustainable bedding since it was founded way back in 1991. All their products are made with GOTS certified fabrics. That means they are at least 95% from organic materials and are not treated with any nasty chemicals or toxic dyes. As well as a commitment to eco-friendly and natural bedding, Coyuchi also only works with sustainable shippers and try to keep all packaging as environmentally friendly as possible too.
Creating beautiful bedding from materials such as Tencel eucalyptus, organic cotton, hemp, and more, Made Trade is a specialist online retailer. Using their bedding you can create a sustainable sleeping space, safe in the knowledge that all their products are rigorously assessed for both their eco credentials and quality.
This brand started out making green mattresses but has branched out into sustainable bedding. Their range of bed sheets are available in a choice of organic cotton or linen and are designed to get softer with every wash. Their products are certified B Corp and Climate Neutral and a percentage of their revenue is also donated to non-profit organizations. They are also committed to only using power from renewable energy sources.
Holy Lamb Organics
A dedicated zero waste company, Holy Lamb takes what they do seriously, which means no plastic packaging and a foundation in permaculture and sustainability. Their range of products includes mattresses, comforters, sheets, pillows, and more. All of their products are 100% GOTS certified and meet the requirements of OEKO-TEX Standards and Green Business initiatives.
Water use in fabric production is a major issue and one which Pact take very seriously. Not only do they use organic cotton in all their products (which include clothes as well as bedding) but their manufacturing uses 90% less water than conventional cotton. They are also dedicated to using minimal packaging and give you the option to offset the carbon footprint of shipping your products when you buy online.
The sheets from SOL organics are a linen/cotton mix and are designed with a natural texture that differs from the satiny sheen of most non-organic bedding. The company is also Fairtrade, Organic Cotton, and GOTS certified. And all products are shipped in 100% cotton bags that can even be composted if you can’t find another use for them.
As well as bedding, Grund sells a range of towels, bathmats, and other fabric products, all made from 100% organic cotton. It’s a family-run business that oversees every stage of the process, right down to the production of the cotton yarn. They are GOTS, OEKO-TEX Standards and Green Business certified, and everything is shipped with zero plastic packaging.
PlushBeds prides itself on being one of only six manufacturers with both GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) certifications. They design and manufacture their mattresses by sourcing the world’s most innovative and sustainable materials, such as the organic latex used in The Botanical Bliss.
A sustainable bedding set is usually more expensive than the regular non-organic offerings you might find in the high streets or major online retailers. However, these organic products are generally of superior quality and will last much longer, making them a better investment. Plus, there are some affordable sustainable bedding options out there too. But, the truth is, can you really put a price on a great night’s sleep?
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