It’s this dark and cold time of the year again where you just want to snuggle up in bed and stay there for the rest of the day. It is said that we spend almost 1/3 of our live in bed. So therefore, we should make it a very special place. To get super cozy and stay cruelty-free, there are a few things we should pay attention to when buying bed linen.
Down With The Down
As many other animal materials down is usually won in an extremely cruel way. Quite often, it is pulled out of the goose or ducks skin while the bird is still alive (live-plucking). This, as you can imagine is a very painful procedure and should not be supported. Even though this procedure is banned in many countries in Europe and around the world, suppliers can usually not guarantee where they get their down from. In 2013, the german foundation „Stiftung Warentest“ criticized that there is no legal need to declare where the down comes from. So it really seems to be the time to change to a more sustainable and cruelty-free material for out beloved bed. And when buying down only buy products which are certified by the responsible down standard certification.
Organic peace silk, linen and certified organic cotton are eco-friendly and skin-friendly materials for bedlinen. Silk keeps you warm and is super soft to your skin. Silk is also the best choice for babies. Linen is very eco-friendly and cooling, perfect for hot summer nights. Always buy `certified´ organic cotton to make sure the cotton is free from pesticides and other health risky chemicals.
Hemp, kapok, buckwheat hulls, organic wool and natural latex are healthy and sustainable materials to watch out when buying pillows or duvets.
Hemp is known as the material with the smallest ecological footprint on the market. Also, it absorbs lots of water and is resistant to fungus and bacteria.
Kapok is very light, elastic and holds you warm and cozy.
Buckwheat hulls is a byproduct of buckwheat milling and feel a little crunchy which is not for everyone. But the hulls are naturally pesticide-free, hypoallergenic, and water resistant and could be a great helper against shoulder- and neck pain as well headache.
Wool is one of the best insulators since it keeps you warm in the winter and cold in the summer. Only buy organic wool to make sure the wool comes from non-toxic and cruelty-free treated animals.
Natural Latex is harvested by tapping the milk of the rubber tree. Natural rubber is very sustainable since it is a renewable material. Important is the FSC certification to make sure the rubber comes from well-managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.
Keep Your Bed Fresh
No matter which option you choose, there are a few things you can do to keep your bed fresh even longer:
1. Every 6 to 8 weeks, wash you bed linen according to the label. Take good care when reading the label and when in doubt, bring it your organic dry cleaner.
2. Give you bed linen a good shake first thing in the morning. This rearranges the fibers and loosens them up. Like that you can hop in the fluffy bed you love every night.
3. After that, make sure you open the window for at least 10 minutes every day to let in some fresh air. This is good for the climate in your bedroom and gets rid of the old, moist air.
After these three steps, there is nothing much to say but: Read the label carefully, take care of what you buy and how you treat it! And you will get your beauty sleep.
Nina is a graphic designer and blogger. While living in London she discovered sustainable fashion and has been obsessed with it ever since. She writes about issues she has been coming across while changing her own lifestyle to a more sustainable one. Besides writing and designing, she enjoys working out, red wine and art.