When Queen Elizabeth decided to give Buckingham Palace a plastic detox, 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 the best brands to keep in mind when shopping for sustainable, eco-friendly bedding and linens.
Best Eco-Friendly Bedding Brands
Cozy Earth’s whole schtick is temperature-regulating products made from natural materials. Its line of bamboo bedding, which includes sheets, duvet covers, comforters, and pillows, are pretty much the coolest thing you’ll ever sleep in, made to give you a dreamy night’s sleep without worrying about night sweats. The cool-to-the-touch fabric feels heavenly against skin, and since it’s made from bamboo, is much more sustainable for the planet, too.
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.
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.
Avocado started with making a green mattress, and has now expanded to organic and sustainable bedding. Their sheets are available in organic cotton or linen and get softer with each wash. The company is a certified B Corp and Climate Neutral certified, donates 1 percent of revenues to nonprofit organizations, and uses factories powered by renewable energy.
Pact partners with Fair Trade Certified Factories and uses organic cotton in all their products, which in addition to bedding, includes clothing. Their sheets are made with no toxic chemicals and use 91 less water than conventional cotton. When you purchase from the company, they minimize their packaging and offer the option to offset the carbon footprint of your shipment via a partnership with an eco-tech company.
The Citizenry curates their collection of home goods from around the world by sustainably partnering directly with artisans and using local materials. their organic linen and cotton sheets are crafted in different countries by artisans that are paid 2x the fair trade requirement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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