Snuggling into a fluffy bed swathed in soft organic sheets is pure heaven. But before you head out to shop for bedding, let’s take a look at what you need to know before you buy.
What is this organic bedding of which you speak?
Instead of scratchy, irritant-laden cotton/polyester blends, organic bedding is made from only 100 percent natural products that don’t contain any synthetic chemicals or materials. For instance, most organic mattresses are made from 100 percent cotton and contain natural foam latex from the sap of rubber trees. Sheets, blankets, and pillowcases are typically made from a combination of organic cotton and wool.
Organic bedding is biodegradable so, theoretically, you could chop up an old sheet and dump it in your garden where it will eventually disintegrate. Realistically, it means that when your bedding graduates from your bed to your rag pile, you can eventually toss it in the trash and not worry about what it’s doing to the local landfill.
Where do I find the good stuff?
We’ve already written about where to find great organic sheets from everywhere from Pottery Barn to Macy’s. If you know your way around a sewing machine and want to make your own customized bedding, hit up a local upholstery shop to help you get the fabric you need. Be sure to check out our post on eco-friendly textiles for extra tips on measuring and fitting.
For specific bedding ideas, we love:
- This soft, 200-thread count whimsical China-themed children’s bedding. We’re also nuts for, well, anything from Pottery Barn Kids – like this organic line of Doctor Suess awesomeness.
- Certified organic crib sheets and liners for our precious babes.
- Earth-toned organic cotton bedding for a serene, soothing bedroom decor.
- Bohemian floral sheets and comforters from Midwest modern designer Amy Butler.
Great bedding is only part of the equation of getting a good night’s sleep. Check out our seven tips for making the most of your slumber. Good night, sleep tight. Don’t let the bedbugs bite.