Whether you are just curious about eco-friendly sheets or are on the hunt for the best organic cotton bedding, these sustainable, eco-friendly bedding brands should help you find what you are looking for.
Some of these brands also offer other ethically produced products you may be interested in like pillows, organic comforters, baby blankets, sustainable home decor, or eco furniture. So be sure to keep an eye out for that as well.
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Choosing sustainable bedding brands will help you sleep better
A lot of the bedding available on the market is made of synthetic fibers or conventional cotton. While the latter might seem like a good alternative, conventional cotton is grown using a lot of water, pesticides, and other chemicals. Simply switching to organic cotton can save about 90% of the water required just to grow conventional cotton. Insane, right?!
From the price to the chemicals, buying new eco friendly bedding can be a nightmare, and shopping for a "natural" or "organic" one will definitely NOT have you sleeping easy. In fact, it's one of the hardest areas in the home to green and that's thanks to a number of chemicals that are added to most bedding products. These include perfumes, flame-retarders, toxic dyes, stain guards and more. Most of these substances are toxic to the planet and give off VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) into the air you breathe while you are sleeping. Um, NO!
But the good news is that I've curated the best, most sustainable and eco-friendly bedding for you here. So go ahead and rest your head... Sustainable slumber is totally doable.
What criteria do we use when choosing eco friendly sustainable bedding?
So for bedding (just like I do for sustainable and ethical fashion), I consider the most and least sustainable fabrics and materials. From there, I identify the best brands possible based on their sourcing practices and corporate responsibility.
So whether I am looking for eco-friendly shower curtains, ethical pyjamas, sustainable jewelry, or ethical bedding, these criteria help me make informed decisions about the brands that I choose to share with you. And you can use them too to help make informed choices of your own.
Materials and fabrics;
When looking for the best fabrics and materials, consider what the most sustainable options are and then look for certifications that can verify the product.
When it comes to sustainable bedding, ethical options mostly come in organic cotton, organic hemp, organic flannel, linen, and TENCEL™ Lyocell.
After considering the materials, you then want to look out for corresponding certifications like:
Sourcing also plays a key role when it comes to sustainable bedding, as it does with the sustainability of any product. In order to be sustainable, brands must ensure that sustainable practices and standards are upheld throughout their supply chain, all the way to the manufacturing processes and labour involved throughout their operations. This includes how textiles are produced and manufactured, to labour standards and wages.
Also considered are the certifications their products and factories carry, and the level of transparency surrounding their production.
Finally, I consider corporate responsibility as it is a good way of knowing how committed companies are to sustainability. Generally, it refers to practices, policies, or initiatives aimed at improving the company’s social, economic, and environmental impact. I look for initiatives like carbon offsets and plastic-free shipping to water conservation and employee welfare. It’s always better to support brands who are truly invested in providing all-around sustainably and ethically produced products where we can find them.
Top picks for sustainable eco friendly bedding brands
Last Light offers a collection of gorgeous linen bedding. Focused on timeless details, craftsmanship, and natural colours inspired by the beach, Last Light’s organic linen bedding is meant to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It is also hypoallergenic, antibacterial, and maintains that fresh, crisp feel we all know and love.
I have a set in my home and I honestly can't say enough about how this fabric feels on the skin. Even my hubby mentioned it. It's luxurious, soft, and simply divine! You can really feel the quality and luxury of this bedding (trust me—you will want to stay in bed!). I also really love the fact that you can save by buying a full set as opposed to buying each item separately. I've got the Full Set with Envelope Pillow Cases, and it's the best edition to my home!
Last Light also offers a stunning range of duvet covers, fitted sheets, flat sheets, pillowcases, quilts, robes and even beautiful bedding for your little ones. If you are looking to amp up your kitchen decor, you can choose from a range of linen and rustic linen (my fav) napkins and towels. Oh, and if you are looking for the perfect beach bag or market bag, they have those too! And I want one of each!
Last Light Natural or organic fabrics & materials;
Their stone-washed linen bedding collection is made of 100% linen and dyed with Oeko-Tex certified non-toxic dyes. You can choose from a range of gorgeous colours, bleached white (to die for), a gorgeous driftwood gray, a navy, shell, fog (off-white) and stunning storm.
The flax is premium grade and is typically grown in France & Belgium. It is spun into yarns in Italy and woven and sewn at a centuries-old mill in Portugal that has been family-run for several generations. The brand's founder has visited the mill many times and says it’s a beautiful, well-run facility.
The linen is Oeko-Tex certified so no harmful dyes are used.
Flax is also a low irrigation crop, so it requires little to no water use, and no pesticides or fertilizers. Linen is a natural material so it’s biodegradable, too.
Last Light Ethical sourcing;
Their linen is sourced from premium grade flax in Western Europe which is then spun in Italy, and later woven in Portugal by a family-run factory.
Since linen is made of flax, which requires little to no irrigation and fertilizers (compared to conventional cotton), it is considered a more ethical alternative.
Last Light Corporate responsibility;
Last Light natural bedding is designed to last and can be passed down for generations with proper care. They are working on a take-back/second life program for the linen, which is going to roll out in 2023.
Time to cuddle up with Camelus and their beautiful range of eco-friendly bedding. The Camelus difference is found in the type of wool they use. Wool, as we know, is one of nature's best insulating materials and it typically comes from sheep... But have you ever heard of camel wool?
Camel wool has some serious clout. The fibers that are produced by camels are much longer than sheep fibers, which makes them much more durable. The threads of camel wool are also hollow, which means your duvet will be more lightweight and ultra-insulating.
Excellent at regulating temperature, camel wool is also hypoallergenic, naturally moisture-wicking, dust-mite resistant and a really great natural fire retardant. This is a really important point as most synthetic bedding contains harmful fire retardants that can off-gas in the home and contribute to indoor air pollution.
The filling in all of their duvets are made with 100% camel hair and the outer shell is 100% organic quilted cotton. All of their fabrics are OEKO-TEX certified, which means there are no harmful chemicals used. Unlike synthetic materials, when wool reaches its end of life, it can be composted. The brand adds that:
"Living in the fridge climate of the Gobi Desert, the Bactrian camels have adapted for survival, resulting in the long and lustrous hair that is highly sought after. The hair is gathered by hand when the animals moult during the six to eight weeklong moulting season during the Spring."
If you have an allergic reaction to sheep's wool, a camel blanket it's your best option. Due to the high content of lanolin, the material has antibacterial properties. In addition, such wool does not electrify, which means it doesn't attract dust particles.
The difference between camel down and wool is that the first material is soft and pleasant to the touch, while the other is rough and prickly. Camel down is a camel's undercoat, which prevents hypothermia. This material is often used to make baby blankets. Wool, on the other hand, is the outer coat that protects the animal from damage. Despite the different tactile sensations, both fibers have good thermal conductivity and hygroscopicity.
The benefits of these duvets include:
- low risk of developing allergies
- one of the highest rates of thermal conductivity among all-natural materials, allowing a person to instantly warm up
- environmental friendliness
- light healing effect: the blanket warms sore joints and massages the skin, accelerating blood flow
- good wear resistance: the duvet will last you at least 10 years, and with careful use, it can even last for several decades without losing its properties.
- Camel wool is a more environmentally friendly material than sheepskin because it does not lend itself to any chemical treatment or dyeing, so these blankets are suitable even for babies
Camelus' Ethical Sourcing:
Wool from camels is really interesting since they live in the desert there are no synthetic pesticides present and do not release any chemicals when manufactured. In contrast, when polyester is manufactured, it releases pollutants into the air. The Camelus team collects the wool for their duvets in Central Asia and the blankets are made in Kazakhstan.
The Bactrian camel is one of the only ones that naturally sheds its hair, which makes it unnecessary to restrain them during the harvesting process. This limits the chances the animals will be injured or experience trauma while sourcing the wool.
Camelus' Corporate responsibility:
Camelus is striving to use natural content and harmless technologies application in everything they do. They carefully select their vendors, materials and other resources. Ethics, quality, equality and sustainability are the main factors for their operations and overall management of the company.
All of their camel wool duvet products are packaged in an easy-to-carry reusable bag, which can double as gift packaging.
A Canadian company committed to providing better and safer products for all, Organic Lifestyle wants to make organic eco friendly sheets available to everyone. Though they focus on quality over quantity, they also offer a good selection eco friendly sustainable sheets made of several types of fabrics, including 100% certified organic flannel. You can find a range of sizes for any bed in a range of really lovely neutral colours like white and ivory.
Organic Lifestyle Natural or organic fabrics & materials;
Their organic sheets are made of organic GOTS organic certified flannel, Oeko-Tex Certified bamboo, GOTS organic jersey knit, and GOTS & fair-trade sateen.
Organic Lifestyle Ethical sourcing;
Organic Lifestyle ensures that their #1 priority is that they don't carry any items that are known to be harmful. All of their organic bedding is certified organic, pesticide-free, un-dyed or coloured using low impact dyes, and Fairtrade certified.
Wherever possible, bedding is sourced locally, but be sure to check out the product description to know where specific items come from.
Organic Lifestyle Corporate responsibility;
Generally, Organic Lifestyle tries not to carry any products that are harmful. Their packaging is also paper-based, containing no plastic.
Based in the US, you may already know Pact for its selection of certified organic and fair trade basics, like socks and eco-friendly t-shirts. However, they also offer a line of sustainable bedding products that, just like everything offered at Pact, is made of certified organic cotton in Fairtrade facilities. Their bedding options include comforters, duvet covers, and sheet sets, available in up to 7 colours.
They are by far one of my top picks for sustainable clothing brands and not only will you find affordable ethical bedding, but you can also shop for ethical activewear, baby clothes, undies, eco-friendly towels and much more. It's not a surprise that they are at the top of the list.
Pact’s Natural or organic fabrics & materials;
Pact only offers GOTS certified organic cotton bedding. Not only that, but they also save about 400 gallons of water during the manufacturing—dreamy right?! And like Last Light, the sheets come in a reusable bag, so it's easy to organize and keep sets in the same place.
Pact’s Ethical sourcing;
Their affordable sustainable bedding products are made in a certified fair trade factory where they ensure safe working conditions, environmental protection, sustainable livelihoods, and additional financial support to empower their workers and their communities.
Pact’s Corporate responsibility;
Along with the option to offset the carbon emissions associated with your shipment; Pact uses 100% post-consumer recycled paperboard and cardboard boxes to ship your items. Where plastics are used in packaging, they are biodegradable.
Pact also offers a clothing donation program in partnership with Give Back Box, where anyone can donate their gently used garments (of any brand) using a prepaid label, and ideally, an old cardboard box.
Family-owned and operated, Au Lit’s story begins in 1981 when founder Peggy Byron opened Boutique Au Lit in Montreal, becoming one of the first-bed linen shops in Canada to offer pure cotton linens instead of treated polyester. With a specialty in linens, the company prides itself on providing products made of the world’s best all-natural fabrics, all hand-crafted in Canada.
If you are looking for a wide variety of colours and sizes, you will find it here. They even have bedding inserts and comfy robes for you to unwind in.
Au Lit Fine Linens Natural or organic fabrics & materials;
Au Lit uses only 100% all-natural fabrics including cotton, linen, bamboo, and flannel. It's all fabricated in Europe.
Au Lit Fine Linens Ethical sourcing;
All of their fabric mills are Oeko-Tex certified and/or GOTS certified for all of the main finishing processes.
Au Lit Fine Linens Corporate responsibility;
A Made in Canada option, Au Lit’s bedding is finished and packaged in Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto, reducing the carbon emissions associated with transportation and outsourcing labour.
Based in Toronto, Canada, Flax Planet is a family-based studio that specializes in offering unique, individually crafted home textiles, made of stone-washed linen. Their selection of relaxed, durable, and breathable linen bedding is all made to order (just like everything else from their studio), and available in several colours as well.
Flax Planet Natural or organic fabrics & materials;
Flax Planet uses linen made from flax grown in France and Belgium and is all Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. And if you want bold, brought colours to add to your room, this is the brand you want!
Flax PlanetEthical sourcing;
Their products are manufactured locally which helps them with quality control while supporting their community through job creation.
They add that "Manufacturing locally is challenging, yet satisfactory, as it let us avoid the middleman and convey those savings to you. We believe that luxury should be affordable."
Flax Planet Corporate responsibility;
Flax Planet strives to be as eco-friendly as possible, from materials to packaging and waste prevention.
Rawganique is a small-scale manufacturer focused on providing chemical-free and organic clothing, footwear, bed, bath, and home products. With that, they offer a line of organic eco friendly bedding made of either organic linen, cotton, or hemp. These products are also hypoallergenic and contain no dioxin, formaldehyde, PFAS, bleach, or pesticides.
Rawganique Natural or organic fabrics & materials;
Rawganique’s selection of sheets and other linens are only available in organic linen, organic cotton, or organic hemp; and their dyes are either natural or biodegradable, fibre-reactive and non-toxic dyes.
Rawganique Ethical sourcing;
Rawganique ensures that all of its processes remain chemical-free at every stage of the manufacturing process. None of their crops, fibres, or products are chemically treated. Not only that, but all of their textiles and products are sweatshop-free and hand-crafted in either the USA, Canada, or Europe.
Their artisans are paid a living wage and work in a safe and healthy family-like environment. All of their products ship out of warehouses in the USA or Canada.
Rawganique Corporate responsibility;
Made entirely in the USA, Canada, and Europe, Rawganique relies on a small team of 50 artisans and partners to craft all of its products.
Naturepedic is a non-toxic and organic mattress manufacturer committed to providing healthier mattress options. Founded by Barry A. Cik, a veteran in the field of environmental engineering who was unable to find a safe and organic crib mattress suitable for his own grandchild, he resolved to make his own. Naturepedic now offers a selection of mindfully fabricated mattresses for babies, kids, and adults, as well as a number of other sleep-related products, including luxury organic cotton sheets and a very comfy looking certified organic mattress topper.
Naturepedic Natural or organic fabrics & materials;
Naturepedic does not use vinyl, phthalates, flame retardants, flame barriers, polyurethane foam, formaldehyde, pesticides, GMO’s, glues/adhesives, or any other chemicals that do not align with their mission to provide safe and healthier products in an eco-friendly and responsible way.
Naturepedic Ethical sourcing;
Their organic cotton luxury sheet sets and pillowcases are made of 100% certified organic cotton in a GOTS Certified Organic Facility overseas.
Generally, Naturepedic is committed to providing products that reduce exposure to harmful chemicals. So, they choose their materials accordingly, using GOTS certified organic cotton and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Rainforest Alliance certified latex to name a few.
They also hold all of their suppliers to high standards of environmental stewardship; they're all required to meet organic or non-toxic standards.
Naturepedic Corporate responsibility;
From recycled content cardboard packaging to modular design, Naturepedic employs many practices and initiatives that promote sustainability within and beyond their company. For more information, do check out their Sustainability Report.
Like many of the sustainable and ethical brands featured here on The Eco Hub, Takasa was created by concerned parents. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Takasa is committed to providing end-to-end organic, natural, and clean homewares. Their bedding offerings include duvets and duvet covers, as well as natural sheet sets, pillows, and pillowcases.
Takasa Natural or organic fabrics & materials;
All of their organic eco friendly bedding is made of Fairtrade certified organic cotton. It's 100% GOTS Certified Organic and has no harmful dyes or chemicals.
Takasa Ethical sourcing;
As a GOTS certified company, Takasa traces its entire supply chain to ensure that its manufacturers pay fair wages and do not use forced or child labour.
Takasa Corporate responsibility;
All of their packaging materials are FSC and/or SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) certified. Their mailing envelopes, which are made of 100% recycled materials, are fully recyclable and biodegradable. Their labels and stickers are also zero waste and curbside recyclable.
In partnership with One Tree Planted, Takasa also plants one tree for every purchase made and they are even carbon neutral.
Also based in Vancouver, Canada, Sömn (pronounced Somn, meaning ‘sleep’ in Swedish) is the brainchild of Fredrik Örling and Julie Wu. On a mission to make natural fiber home goods more widely available in their region, Sömn offers a line of sustainable and practical linen bedding essentials, including bedding sets and mix and match sets, with up to 13 colours to choose from.
Sömn Natural or organic fabrics & materials;
Sömn’s linen is made of 100% natural flax and is 100% biodegradable.
Sömn Ethical sourcing;
All of their linens are grown, spun, dyed, woven, and sewn in one facility in Europe.
Sömn Corporate responsibility;
Since all of their processes are carried out in one facility, Sömn minimizes their carbon footprint. They also offset their carbon emissions by supporting forest protection initiatives like the Jari Para Forest Conservation Project in the Amazon Rainforest.
Bottom line when it comes to eco friendly sustainable bedding brands
If you’re looking to skip the synthetic fabrics and blends, harmful chemicals, and unethical practices, these sustainable bedding brands are here to help. From stone-washed linen and organic hemp to good old organic cotton or even organic flannel, I hope this will help you find healthier sleep, even if you opt to shop elsewhere.
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