In my Eco-Friendly Mattress article, I showed how it’s possible to get a great nights’ sleep without harming the planet or your health.
However, your mattress can have all the eco-credentials in the world...but they’re pretty meaningless if you then cover it in 100% polyester sheets.
To get a genuinely sustainable nights’ sleep, you need eco-friendly bedding to go with your eco-friendly mattress. And that's exactly what I'm going to show you today.
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The research for my mattress article took many months...and I loved every second of it. Sleeping for a living is about as good as life gets in my book!
So, without further ado, it’s time for me to don the eye mask again and snuggle between the best sustainable bedding available to buy in the U.S.
They Say: When we gave this cool, crisp fabric an upgrade with our super-soft organic cotton, we knew we had a modern classic on our hands, and on our beds. 100% organic cotton, ethical production, and thoughtful attention to every detail. The smooth, structured feel you’d find on the sheets of a five-star hotel bed.
We Say: I have a penchant for percale sheets (I discuss the different organic fibers used for bedding later in the article).
This sumptuous bedding bundle from Boll & Branch is made from organic cotton certified by GOTS that feels incredibly luxurious to the touch.
This bedding bundle’s close/tight percale weave gives it a nice weight while also being very breathable. Perfect for hot sleepers.
The texture of this bedding bundle is perfect for me. Very soft without being too slidey.
The bundle comes in six color options (White, Ivory, Pale Pewter, Pewter, Stone, Shore).
A matching Percale Hemmed Duvet Set (containing one duvet cover and two standard shams) is available for $308.
Boll & Branch is somewhat of an eco-friendly bedding pioneer. They were the first bedding manufacturer to be certified fully Fair Trade.
Don’t think percale is right for you? No worries...Boll & Branch offers a range of different eco-friendly material options. Their original (and still most popular) offering is the Signature Collection.
Free ground shipping is available to U.S. customers, and you can claim a full refund within 30 days if you’re not happy with your order. You need to ensure that the sheets have not been used or washed if claiming a refund.
There are many different fibers used in eco-friendly sheets and duvet covers. The most common ones being used by leading organic bedding brands are:
As mentioned in my sustainable fabrics article, traditional cotton is an environmental disaster...using an obscene amount of natural resources and leaving a trail of pollution in its wake.
Organic cotton is much kinder to the planet and is the only type of cotton we should be buying.
Organic cotton sheets and duvet covers are soft, hard-wearing, and breathable. All excellent properties when it comes to bedding.
Percale is cotton (organic...of course!) woven in a basic crisscross weave. It has a thread count higher than 200 and is more breathable and cooler than most other bedding.
Percale bedding is built to last and gets softer over time as the cotton fibers relax.
Sateen, like percale, is made from cotton.
Sateen bedding usually has a higher than average thread count, producing a luxurious silky texture.
Wool might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of soft bedding.
However, a nice wool throw blanket or pillows can add a touch of warmth to your bedroom when the temperature drops.
Mrs. M certainly thinks so. We have a substantial collection of blankets and pillows dotted around the home!
Linen is a natural fiber derived from the flax plant.
Linen sheets are a great year-round option.
The weave of linen allows maximum airflow. Making it breathable, moisture-wicking, and antiperspirant.
Linen sheets and duvet covers also work as natural insulators to keep you warm in the winter.
Hemp bedding is usually around 50% thicker than standard cotton bedding.
The natural antibacterial and antiviral properties of hemp bedding make it a popular choice for asthma and allergy sufferers.
They Say: Created for you, the sleeper, our sustainable, luxurious, locally made sheets are crafted lovingly by experts who have been making bed sheets for over 115 years. We used our extensive experience to create the perfect fabric which is a balance between delicate, soft and breathable. Our Classic Sheets are made with 100% West Texas Organic American Cotton and get softer with every wash. Made with a percale weave, they are woven to last a lifetime.
We Say: These organic cotton sheets are very thick but still soft to the touch and machine washable.
They’re shipped free in the U.S. using plastic-free, zero-waste packaging.
Two color options are available (White, Natural). I chose the undyed natural option (zero chemical dyes - great for sensitive skin) and really liked the color. It’s a warm beige tone.
Thomaston Mills, the company behind American Blossom Linens, has been in business since 1899. So it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing.
The entire manufacturing process, from farmer to store, is kept local in the U.S.
Four free pillowcases are included if you order Queen or King size.
They Say: PlushBeds organic sheets are soft and smooth from the very first use. Lightweight and breathable with just enough cotton crispness, you’ll sleep cool each night with this complete sheet set. Feel safe knowing your bed is made with 100% GOTS certified organic cotton.
We Say: Sateen bedding is not usually my ‘go-to’. I find it can be too slidey for my liking.
No such issues with this excellent sheet set from PlusBeds, though.
Made from top-quality GOTS certified organic cotton, these 100% dye-free sheets are the best sateen sheets I’ve ever slept on.
These organic sheets have an incredibly cool feel to them and so would suit warm sleepers. I do, however, question if they might be a bit too cool in winter.
These sheets come with many eco labels (GOTS, OEKO-TEX, USDA Organic, GreenGuard Gold). PlushBeds are also a Green America Certified Business.
Get the complete set by pairing these organic sheets with the Organic Cotton Sateen Duvet Cover.
They Say: Add a touch of warmth and coziness to your home with the Organic Cotton Throw Blanket from Maggie's Organics! Just like their iconic socks, this super soft and slightly stretchy throw is bound to be your new cold-weather fave. Snuggle up with a good book and feel great knowing Maggie’s prioritizes fully transparent supply chains and Fair Trade manufacturing.
We Say: This throw blanket is perfect for those who want the warm luxury of wool without using any animal products.
It’s made from GOTS-certified organic cotton.
It comes in a range of colors (Anthra, Beige, Blue, Charcoal, Mulberry, Natural, Olive, Teal) and is vegan and fair trade certified.
Cozy time just got more sustainable!
One thing to note is most Maggie’s Organics products shrink by around 5% after the first wash. To avoid shrinkage, wash at lower temperatures, and minimize machine drying.
They Say: Our organic cotton bedding rivals those found in the world’s finest five-star hotels. Years of searching led us to organic cotton so rare, a fiber so long and incredibly soft, we wove it into these exclusive whisper-weight sateen bedding. With perfect blend of beauty, durability and comfort, our bedding is made using no pesticides and carcinogenic chemicals.
We Say: What Sleep & Beyond has achieved here are incredibly high-quality eco-friendly bed sheets at an excellent price point.
This is the cheapest sheet set to make the list of recommendations.
No corners have been cut to reduce the price, though.
The finest quality organic cotton has been used to create eco-friendly bedding without any pesticides or carcinogenic chemicals.
I feel this bedding set would be ideal for fall and spring. If you sleep cool, you might need an extra blanket in the winter months.
They Say: The Naturepedic Organic Luxury Sheet Set includes 100% certified organic cotton 400 thread count sateen fitted and flat sheets plus one or two pillowcases. This premium sheet set is available in both natural and white colors and fits mattresses up to 15" deep. A subtle and classic finishing touch for any decor. Soft and pure, organic cotton is grown without synthetic insecticides, herbicides, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
We Say: Naturepedic is one of my favorite organic mattress brands...so it made sense for me to give their bedding a test.
So I did. And I wasn’t disappointed.
I loved the sustainable bag this set is packaged in.
The love didn’t stop there. These organic sheets are exactly what I expected from a brand as good as Naturepedic.
Soft. Hardwearing. Easy to wash and iron. Lovely stuff!
These sheets and pillowcases are shipped free in the U.S. and come with a 30-day money-back guarantee and a one-year limited warranty.
They Say: Irresistibly soft. Liam is a naturally lustrous, brushed, soft baby alpaca throw blanket. Baby alpaca fiber is exceptionally warm and close in fineness to cashmere, yet more sustainable. 'Baby' refers to the finest, softest hairs rather than the age of the animal. The Incas placed a higher value on alpaca fiber than on silver or gold. Throws feature a fresh, short, modern, organic-looking eyelash fringe.
We Say: Mrs. M LOVES throw blankets and pillows!
I find it slightly annoying when it takes 20 minutes to get into bed because of all the blankets and pillows that need to be removed first.
However, on a cold night, there is nothing better than snuggling down with an extra blanket and pillow (or three!). Much better for the planet than cranking up the heat on the A/C!
This range of throw blankets, made by Area Home and sold by Made Trade, is lovely!
Available in nine different colors (Almond, Blue, Graphite, Poppy, Rose, Soft Gray, Spice, Fig, Sugar) and two size options (Standard: 51" x 70", XL: 70" x 90").
The blanket feels just as soft and luxurious as cashmere...while being much more sustainable.
Got a blanket and pillow fetish like Mrs. M? Then check out the matching pillow options here.
Made Trade is a woman-owned, family-run company and a member of 1% For The Planet.
Every Made Trade order is 100% carbon neutral and covered by a 15-day hassle-free returns policy for U.S. customers.
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They Say: This pure linen sheet set is made with the finest flax fibers cultivated in the famed growing region of France. The linen is meticulously woven by French artisans using timeless methods. Linen’s natural texture adds a relaxed elegance to any bedroom decor. Casual but sophisticated. While new linen has a gorgeous matte finish, over time you’ll notice your sheets take on the luster and feel of silk.
We Say: During my research and testing, I was very impressed with the eco-credentials and product range of PlushBed.
So much so that they have two products in this article.
Yes, these sustainable sheets are pricey….but...linen in the bedroom (when done right) is a thing of beauty.
You get what you pay for here. French linen is the best linen in the world. And the french linen used in this sheet set is some of the best I’ve ever seen.
This is definitely an investment. However, seeing as these sheets are 2x stronger than most cotton sheets on the market, it’ll be an investment that pays you back with decades of deep sleep.
Get the complete set by pairing these sheets with the French Linen Duvet Cover Set.
They Say: We all sleep better when our body temperature lowers at night, and no fabric is more breathable and cool than linen. Linen is weightier and more durable than cotton, with a textured feel and elegant drape. Our Organic Linen Sheets are garment washed, a pre-wash that increases comfort and keeps them from shrinking, losing shape, or fading. You can trust that our linen is of the finest quality. Loomed in France, it’s 100% GOTS certified organic.
We Say: If you’ve been a reader of my articles for a while, you’ll know that the Avocado Green Mattress company is a favorite bedding brand of mine.
They’re a Certified B Corporation, pay their worker’s fair wages, and take their eco-credentials very seriously.
In 2019, they became the first mattress company to become Climate Neutral Certifiedworkers. A year later, they took it a step further by going carbon negative...offsetting their carbon footprint.
Their range of eco-friendly bedding is sustainable and snuggly.
My favorite is the epically luxurious organic linen sheet set.
The French linen used is top-notch. To be honest, I cannot see much of a difference in quality between these sheets and the more expensive option from PlushBeds. At a push, I would say these sheets are marginally thinner.
Both are fantastic options if your budget can stretch to French linen.
Get the complete set by pairing these linen sheets with the Organic Linen Duvet Cover.
They Say: Enjoy the extravagance of Hemp, undeniably chic, sustainable, organic, breathable and lightweight. Our award winning soft and luxurious sheets made from 100% organic hemp delivers an unparalleled experience in sleep and relaxation. Uncompromising resort-quality, 50% thicker than most sheets and with a 180 GSM thread-count, they offer the ultimate natural softness. They will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
We Say: Hemp has been in my bedroom for many years. I suffer from dry hands in cold weather and use a hemp hand protector creme.
However, I’ve never slept in hemp bedding before writing this article...and I’m now a fan!
Hemp is incredibly sustainable. It’s one of the world’s fastest-growing plants and thrives with minimal water and zero fertilizer or pesticide.
It also makes high-quality, thick, and luxurious bedding.
Mrs. M is not as much of a fan of these sheets as I am, though. Mainly because they crease and wrinkle very easily. She loves freshly pressed sheets.
But, if you can look past the creases and like the idea of adding some sustainable hemp luxury into your bedroom, then these sheets could be perfect for you.
As explained in my sustainable fabric article, I’m yet to be convinced by the sustainability of most common bamboo fabrics due to the harsh chemicals used in their production.
That’s not to say that there aren’t some good eco-friendly bamboo fabric options out there.
I just feel it’s too much of a greenwashing minefield at the moment to recommend any confidently.
Certifications to look of for when shopping for sustainable bedding include:
You can read more about these and many more certifications in my A-Z Of Eco Labelling: 182 Green Certifications Explained article.
Yes. Many cheap, mass-produced bed sheets contain harmful chemicals from when the raw materials were grown. Buying organic bed sheets cuts out these chemicals.
Eucalyptus sheets do appear to be eco-friendly. Eucalyptus requires less water than many other plants, and the manufacturing process is sustainable. I’ve not yet tested any eucalyptus bedding, but I’ll update this article as soon as I do.
When it comes to eco-friendly bedding, I firmly believe you should always buy the best quality you can afford.
Good quality sustainable bed sheets will last you a lifetime.
Buying certified organic bedding helps you sleep soundly at night, knowing that toxic chemicals are not slowly entering your body.
Where do you buy your eco-friendly bedding? Have I missed your favorite sustainable brands? Drop me a line and let me know.