Why you should care?Sustainable bedding will get you a good night’s sleep and seriously make you feel better after you discover the negative environmental impacts of conventional bedding choices.
by Sabahat Khan & Hey Social Good
Your bed is your sanctuary where you spend time relaxing, snuggling or sleeping after a long work day. Did you know that choosing sustainable bedding will help you sleep better? Our bedding choices are vast and includes sheets, duvets, duvet covers, pillows, pillow covers, bed toppers, fitted sheets, comforters, blankets, pillow shams, and more.
These days, anything can disturb our sleep: smog, stress, skin rashes from allergens or toxins, to just name a few. So, at least, we need to sleep on better, healthy, toxin-free materials. If you’re sleeping on an old, cheap, bedding made from some form of plastic (polyvinyls, polyurethane, toxin-filled flame retardant layers), then your sleep will likely be even more elusive.
Most conventional bedding brands do not use eco-friendly and sustainably sourced materials. But, a good night’s sleep on sustainable and ethically made bedding options are available and necessary.
The bedding and clothing market has come a long way in the last decade. Bedding made from bamboo or organic cotton fabrics are durable, soft and pollute less during its manufacturing process.
Cotton, alone or, with some blends of different materials is one of the most used fabrics in bedding and clothing. It is soft, durable, super-absorbent, moisture-wicking, and breathable. Conventional cotton is grown with pesticides and excessive fertilizers that harm our soil, and requires greater water use. Organic Cotton is grown without pesticides, with the right water amount, and with a conscious effort to maintain our soil health. Cotton bed sheets are great to use year round, resistant to stains and easy to wash.
Bamboo is widely used in clothing, cleaning cloths, socks, toothbrushes, and more. Bamboo is fast growing (compared with virgin wood), naturally antibacterial, antifungal, and provides a great sustainable alternative. And, bamboo fiber is soft, absorbent, moisture-wicking, and hypoallergenic.
Mulberry silk is made from silkworms who feed on mulberry leaves and naturally made biodegradable silk fibers. Silk is naturally hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, and moisture wicking, which makes it a perfect material to use for bedding. These natural materials help you keep cool and dry, reduce exposure to allergens, and can improve your complexion.
Linen is a fabric made from the flax plant, which maintains strong fibers that are more absorbent than cotton. Linen is used for other household items, such as tablecloths and napkins. Although it can get easily wrinkled, the health benefits of sleeping or eating on materials not made with harmful chemicals is a big plus!
One easy way to choose a sustainable option is to keep an eye on the brand’s certifications. Look for the following certifications. Spend your time choosing beautiful prints, and not on understanding certifications, to help you sleep better.
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