Everything you buy is typically made using some kind of chemical or synthetic material, or is made in a way that can be harmful to the environment. When it comes to bedding, there are some environmentally friendly options available that are good for the earth as well as for you. Here are some options to consider if you're looking for new bedding that is green and earth friendly.

Organic Cotton

Just like fruits and vegetables, clothing and bedding can be produced organically. This simply means that the cotton grown to make sheets, comforters, and pillowcases is done so free of chemicals and pesticides. This is better for the earth and can also help to prevent allergic reactions found in cotton items made using synthetic dyes and pesticides. Organic cotton is also softer than many traditional cotton products because it is produced without additives when making the final product.

Down Alternatives

Down, or goose feathers, makes an extremely soft filler for pillows and duvets. The process of getting down feathers has long been a source of controversy because of the way the feathers are retrieved from the animals, which some feel is cruel. Another issue with real down is that it has been known to cause allergic reactions in many people. Down alternative materials provide the same softness and comfort without using real feathers. This material is usually rayon or polyester, but is processed to make it extremely soft and resemble the feel of natural down.

Bamboo Bedding

Bamboo is a popular choice for building materials like flooring and cabinets. But this fast growing plant can also be used to make sheets, bath towels, and rugs. Bamboo is a highly sustainable product because it re-grows so quickly, so harvesting it in large quantities is not harmful to the planet. It is also extremely durable, color fast, and when it's made into cloth material, is very soft and delicate on the skin. 

Mattresses

Mattresses are typically made using chemicals and materials that are all synthetic. But there are earth friendly options available today that consist of only organic materials. Mattresses made of hemp and wool are taking off in popularity, and they don't produce any volatile compounds from chemicals as you are sleeping. These mattresses are also not treated with any flame retardant chemicals, so you won't have to worry about breathing anything harmful in as you sleep. If you're looking for eco-friendly bedding, find out about its source and material, and look for seals of certification showing that it is completely organic and earth friendly approved.

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