My family would say I'm something of an expert at sleep. I certainly spend enough time practicing.
In fact, one of the first articles I wrote for TheRoundup was about wool comforters which I was only too happy to test thoroughly.
Many of you got in touch asking my thoughts on other types of sustainable bedding. I was specifically asked about organic comforters, free from toxic chemicals, that use different materials other than wool.
So, I went on a mission to find the best eco-friendly cotton comforter in the US (any excuse to sleep for a living again! 😁) that didn’t contain wool.
It turned out there were quite a few great options available.
They Say: PlushBeds down-free eco-friendly comforters may be more affordable than down, but they’re luxurious alternatives. Each microfiber comforter is filled to the brim with silky-soft microfiber, so you get that full, fluffy feeling of down in a vegan alternative.
So, when I was tasked with testing cotton comforters, PlushBeds felt like a good place to start.
I wasn’t disappointed. Their vegan cotton comforter is a thing of beauty.
Soft, silky smooth (thanks to the 330 thread count 100% cotton sateen cover), and just the right level of warmth for me. I got a full eight hours of sleep and woke up feeling fantastic.
I also LOVE that PlushBed makes their comforters oversized, so they work with any depth of mattress. Giving you plenty of overhang on both sides. No fighting Mrs. M for full coverage here.
PlushBed is a Green America certified business that offsets its carbon footprint by funding clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction.
The use of microfibre as the filling does concern me a little (natural fillings are more eco-friendly).
However, if you’re full vegan and avoiding all animal products, then a compromise needs to be made…and the microfibre used in this comforter is an acceptable compromise in my eyes!
They Say: Build a bed that has incredible loft and near-weightless warmth with our carefully crafted down duvet insert. It’s filled with responsibly sourced down and wrapped in a soft, 100% organic cotton shell that naturally prevents poke through. The unique baffle-box construction keeps the fill perfectly in place for even fluff, while corner loops—which secure to the interior ties on our Duvet Covers.
We Say: If you’re looking for natural down and 100% organic cotton, then a duvet insert from Boll & Branch is well worth consideration.
They call this product a duvet insert (there are corner ties if you want to use a duvet cover), but it works brilliantly as an uncovered comforter.
The down used is sourced from U.S. farms and is Responsible Down Standard certified.
It’s also 2x cleaner than the government standard, thanks to the process of washing it in BLUESIGN certified detergent.
The outer cover of this luxury comforter is made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and is heavenly to the touch.
I tested the Lightweight option, which was perfect for me (I like to sleep cool). However, if you prefer a little more weight/warmth, Midweight and Ultraweight options are available.
They Say: Filled with GOTS-certified 100% organic wool, which is naturally hypoallergenic. 100% organic cotton cover - free of dyes and chemicals and safer for your home and the environment. Designed with corner loops that integrate with Takasa Organic and Fairtrade Cotton Duvet Cover to keep insert from shifting.
We Say: This is another duvet insert that I feel works brilliantly as a cozy comforter.
In fact, this is one of the best comforters I've ever slept under…but that kind of accolade doesn't come cheap!
A queen will set you back around 700 U.S. Dollars (Takasa bills in Canadian Dollars).
That’s pricey…but that's fully organic comforters for you! However, to be fair, you do get a lot of eco-credentials for your money.
Essentially, the entire comforter (cotton casing and wool filling) is GOTS certified 100% organic, so you know it's of the highest quality and free of toxins.
I went for the ‘Perfect Comfort’ level of filling, and it was, well, perfect for me.
If you like more weight/warmth, you might want to consider upgrading to the ‘Great North Warmth’ option.
If cost is not a consideration, and you want a certified organic cotton comforter free of dyes and chemicals, then this is the one for you.
Free shipping to Canada and the U.S. is available.
Takasa also offers a 60-day no-hassle return policy for extra peace of mind for this investment of a purchase.
I know this article was supposed to be alternatives to wool-filled comforters…but this one was simply too good not to include.
They Say: Touchable softness and serene style for those who desire comfort and sustainability for their bedroom. This set is made using 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and non-harmful, Oeko-Tex approved dyes & finishes. Garment washed for softness, this set is lightweight and breathable for a restful night’s sleep. Filled with Eco Pure 95% recycled polyester and 5 % virgin polyester material made from repurposed plastic bottles.
We Say: So. It appears that you can have a GOTS-certified organic cotton comforter on a budget.
Not just an organic cotton comforter, either. An organic cotton comforter and two organic cotton shams. All for under 100 bucks. NICE!
The filler is made with 95% recycled polyester. That does mean that 5% of the filling is virgin polyester. But at this price, that’s more than acceptable.
The whole set is machine washable and reversible. One side is a floral pattern, and the other is a solid neutral color.
This was not the softest organic comforter I tested. The feel is more like linen than organic cotton.
However, it's a strong contender for the price and worth consideration.
They Say: Our cozy Turkish blanket can be used as a throw on your bed or couch. It also doubles as a jumbo beach blanket or picnic blanket. The more you wash your blanket, the softer it becomes! Our blankets are ethically sourced and are woven from organically grown Turkish cotton. Any small imperfections reflect the handcrafted nature of the blanket and add to its uniqueness and beauty.
We Say: Ok. So this is a blanket, not a comforter. But, what IS a blanket if it's not a thin comforter?! 🤯
Joking aside, Mrs. M is obsessed with blankets, throws, and cushions, so I thought I’d include a couple of alternatives to the traditional comforter.
Mrs. M loves this blanket. It lives in a drawer in her office and makes an appearance a couple of times a week when she needs a recharge/power nap in her reclining office chair.
It’s available in four colors (Black & Beige, Beige & Black, Forest Green & Beige, Beige & Forest Green), and the quality is off the charts.
It’s machine washable in cold water and gets softer with age. Do not use fabric softener when washing this blanket. Eco-friendly detergent is fine, though.
They Say: Introduce a feel of modern luxury to your home with the triangle quilted throw in charcoal black. Showcasing the talent of the artisans, the geometric hand stitching lends texture and personality to this statement quilt. Take your home decor to the next level by adding this hand quilted blanket to your bedroom, guest room, or living space.
We Say: I wanted to include one more blanket/throw option, so I turned to our friends at MadeTrade.
MadeTrade does a fantastic job of curating ranges of eco-friendly products made using eco-friendly materials by artisan producers and fair trade certified factories worldwide.
I tested a few MadeTrade options, and the throw quilt from Anchal stood out as the obvious winner.
Made from GOTS certified organic cotton, this quilted throw blanket is currently my weekend go-to when chilling on the couch watching Marvel films with my eldest daughter.
It’s so comfy we sometimes struggle to get to the end of the film. We’ve had to rewatch parts of Iron Man 3 at least four times!
Dry cleaning is recommended for this quilt, but I've machine-washed it on a cold program, and it came out fine. Definitely air dry, though. Don’t use a tumble dryer.
MadeTrade offers 15-day hassle-free returns and offsets their emissions to ensure that all orders are Climate Neutral Certified.
Anchal pride itself on its positive social impact (as well as their kick-ass products), particularly when combatting sex trade exploitation.
High-quality, eco-friendly products made by skilled artisans working their way out of exploitation. It doesn’t get much better than that!
They Say: Spanish for "The walker," our Caminante blanket is an extension of our newest Wasi collection representing the mystery of the Ecuadorian Andes and a cultural connection wherever you are. Ethically made and beautifully designed, they are handcrafted by indigenous families from the highlands of Ecuador. These blankets are warm, soft, and have reversible colors!
We Say: Ok. I know. This last recommendation is really stretching the brief to breaking point. It’s neither a comforter nor made of cotton.
Please let me explain. I’ve added this awesome blanket for two reasons:
If you've been with us from the start, you’ll know that I'm a massive fan of MadeTrade.
Well, Ocelot Market is very similar. Similar eco-friendly ethics. A similar range of original products made by skilled artisans working their way out of poverty, war, famine, abuse, etc.
I have a feeling this won't be the last time I recommend something from Ocelot Market.
This blanket from Beyond Borders Collective is available at a very competitive price and is perfect for a family picnic.
It sits in my trunk in an organic cloth bag and gets plenty of use in the summer months.
If buying for use when sleeping, then consider if you’re a warm sleeper or a cool sleeper.
If you’re a warm sleeper, then you might get on better with a comforter.
If you’re a cool sleeper, or just like to feel warm and cozy, then a duvet might be more to your liking.
If buying for use as a blanket for when on the sofa watching TV, or grabbing a quick afternoon nap in your favorite chair, then a thin comforter would probably be best.
A plump duvet might be best if you live in a cold climate.
A thinner, airy comforter might be better if you live in warmer climes.
Mrs. M often likes to switch between a duvet and a comforter, depending on the season.
Wool and down make very cozy comforters but are not suitable for vegans, for example.
Organic cotton is preferable to standard cotton if you can afford it. See ‘The Final Word’ for more on that.
Look to buy from manufacturers/suppliers who have recognizable certifications (such as Certified B Corporation) that guarantee they run their business in an ethical manner.
Poly-cotton is made by mixing cotton with polyester. Usually to reduce cost. If virgin polyester is used, then it’s not eco-friendly. If recycled polyester is used, then it’s better. Polycotton is less breathable than 100% cotton.
As explained in my eco-friendly bedding article, our favorite fabrics and organic materials for sustainable slumber are:
According to Eucalypso Home, eucalyptus is much more eco-friendly than cotton. I’ve not tested any for this article (it’s a cotton comforter review), but I’ll keep an eye out for eucalyptus fabric for future articles.
In my sustainable fabrics article, I covered why most standard cotton is terrible for the environment.
So, ideally, we should all only ever buy organic cotton (preferably GOTS certified organic cotton).
It’s not quite that simple, though, as other considerations, such as price, come into play for most of us.
Eco-friendly and sustainable products usually cost more for a good reason, but sometimes they’re simply out of our price range.
Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t always buy GOTS, Fair Trade Certified, Leaping Bunny, etc.
If you’re buying the most sustainable product your budget can afford, then you’re doing the best you can.
This definitely applies to eco-friendly cotton comforters. That’s why I’ve included both standard and organic options.
It’s just as important to ensure that you buy from a supplier/manufacturer committed to ethical and sustainable business practices (like fair pay and safe working conditions).
Every recommendation in this article gives you the peace of mind that you’re doing your best for the planet…all while snuggled up under a super cozy cotton comforter.
Where do you buy eco-friendly cotton comforters and organic bedding? Do you insist on organic cotton comforters, or are you happy to purchase conventional cotton from a reputable manufacturer? Maybe you prefer an organic cotton blanket to a comforter? Drop me a line and let me know.