January 26, 2019 at 06:31AM by CWC
When Queen Elizabeth decided to give Buckingham Palac a plastic detox almost exactly one year ago, I realized it might be time for me to get truly serious about doing the same. In the 12 months since, I’ve been working hard to eradicate plastic from my apartment, use only the cleanest of cleaning products so as to avoid releasing ever-more toxins into the air, and take other such measures to protect myself and the environment.
As I audited my sustainable-home situation, however, I realized I’m still spending eight hours a night in cheap cotton sheets manufactured with more chemicals than conscience. (Cotton is one of the world’s dirtiest crops!) To remedy the situation, I performed a deep dive into the best in eco-friendly bedding and found some truly innovative companies working hard to create cozy sheets, comforters, and more so that conscientious consumers can sleep soundly. Below are 15 brands to keep in mind when shopping for sustainable, eco-friendly bedding and linens.
1. Alterra Pure
Alterra Pure’s bedding is made from organic percale grown on renewable cotton farms that rely on rainwater, not irrigation. All water used in production is recycled, and the finishing solutions used are sustainable.
2. Anna Sova
Anna Sova is an ecologically-conscious home goods brand that produces sheets made from GOTS-certified organic cotton. The company also produces silk bedding made via a 2,000-year-old process that replaces the typical use of formaldehyde and silicone with au natural Indian nut soap.
Boll & Branch launched in 2014 after its founders discovered they couldn’t get answers regarding the origin and materials of the sheets they shopped. The company works with fair trade farms, which harvest organic cotton, as well as with a factory in India that pays its workers fair wages and insists upon safe conditions.
Buffy’s sustainably-minded product replaces cotton with eucalyptus fibers, requiring 10-times-less H2O, and skips down in favor of a new microfiber infused with volcanic minerals that make this comforter more breathable than other on-the-market down alternatives.
This entire shop is stocked with bamboo-based products, which means the company relies upon a crop that grows quickly, without the use of pesticides and self-regenerates.
Affordable-home retailer CB2 offers basic organic cotton sheeting in a limited range of colors.
Coyuchi has been pioneering sustainability in this industry since 1991. The company’s products are made with GOTS-certified fabrics, which means they’re at least 95-percent composed of organic fibers that aren’t treated with bleach or formaldehyde, are colored with non-toxic dyes, and are produced in mills with strict environmental standards. Coyuchi’s commitment doesn’t stop at production, either. The company works with eco-conscious shipping partners and endeavors to keep packaging as eco-friendly as possible, too.
In 2017, after learning that 10-million tons of textile waste ends up in landfills each year, Coyuchi launched a subscription serviced called Coyuchi For Life. For a monthly fee, you can sign on to the “Netflix for bedding” program which sends you new linens as often as you like while recycling the old ones on your behalf.
This small company, based out of rural Washington state, utilizes organic materials, is committed to zero waste in the manufacturing process, pledges that all products are made in a scent-free facility, and offers transparency into the ongoing process of making its buildings ever-more green.
Jefferson Lane uses GTOS-certified organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes for its sheets, pillowcases, and duvets.
10. Living Fresh
Living Fresh uses a fabric called Tencel+Plus Lyocell for its sheets, which is made from eucalyptus and other botanicals that are rapidly-renewable resources. They’re grown in forests free from pesticides, farming, and irrigation. What’s more, 99.6 percent of the non-toxic solvent used to process the bedding is recycled through a closed-loop production system.
Plover sets itself apart from other organic bedding brands through its use of lively color and pattern. Sheets are made from GOTS-certified cotton grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides. When it comes to dyes, Plover conforms to the Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex, which means toxic chemicals are banned from the process. The company also utilizes a system for dying that requires less water than traditional systems and ensures no dye is released into public water systems.
Portico, which supplies bedding for the Hyatt hotels, introduced sustainable fabrics in 2009. The company’s products utilize GTOS-certified cotton, low-impact dyes, and down sourced from humanely-treated geese.
13. Syona Home
Syona Home was created after its founders learned of the prevalence of suicide among Indian farmers, whose exposure to toxic pesticides is said cause both mental and physical health issues. The resulting company’s partnered with Chetna Organic, a farmers’ organization focused on sustainability. They use natural seeds and fertilizers, abstain from synthetic pesticides, and are committed to protecting farmers financially.
14. Under the Canopy
Under the Canopy has been around since before eco was trendy, and the company actually contributed to the creation of the GOTS certification. Their products boast six different kinds of eco-relevant certifications. When sustainable materials can’t be used, Under the Canopy opts instead for recycled materials—their comforters and pillows are filled with certified polyester recycled from post-consumer plastic bottles.
Yala makes sheets from sustainable bamboo, and its raw materials are Oeko-Tex certified as being free from harmful chemicals. The company also uses low-impact dyes and recycles the water utilized in this coloring process.
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