Purists Give a Sheet


When you break open a new package of traditional cotton sheets, the chemical scent can blow you away. Why spend your precious R.E.M. hours enveloped in these chemicals when there are so many soft and stylish organic cotton alternatives surfacing in home stores and catalogs?

Recently, I strolled into a Pottery Barn and was surprised by the
fall inventory that finally presents some eco options, including the printed and solid organic bedding. The white and espresso Tatum patterned sheets are tres Jonathan Adler, taking inspiration from Billy Baldwin and the Hollywood Regency glamour. I also like the Tile sheet sets in gold, orange and turquoise and the green grid sheets. All of these are organic and take PB in a new direction.

Crate andBarrel’s Organico sheets sets are as pure as you can get. Made in Portugual and shown in neutral, pretty shades, the 310-count bedding gets even softer as you wash it and evokes that simplicity found in the blissful, monochromatic bedroom.

And, speaking of pure, one of the very best eco home sources, green sponsor Viva Terra shows us organic can also be luxurious in its Spunsilk Bedding offering a matte finish and clean stitching (sold in both sets or as separates). In subtle shades of white, blue and taupe, the flawless sheeting is both breathable and bacteria resistant, offering luxury hotel comfort in your very own green master suite.

I don’t know how anyone can resist the new organic percale by fashion designer Eileen Fisher, known for her boxy-chic tunics and knitwear adored by the middle-aged set like me). Sold at Garnet Hill the sheets come in earthy shades of clay, muslin and bone and feature an all-over pintuck pattern that smacks of couture. All of Fisher’s organic bedding line is a hit and worth taking a look at.

If luxury is what you are after, rather than fretting over the price of Frette, check out the Italian organic sheeting, woodblock prints and sumptuous jacquards at Anna Sova which has amazing sales on bed ensembles, offering sky- high cotton-count sheets and eco silks to dress your bella bed.

The truth is, when it comes to organic bedding, everyone is catching on, including the top brands sold at Macy’s, like Ralph Lauren Spa, Haven by Hotel and the new Charter Club Organics. Gone are the days when allergy stores were our only source for dreamy organic cottons pure.

Luanne Bradley

Luanne Sanders Bradley is the West coast Editor at EcoSalon and currently resides in San Francisco, California.