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Choosing sustainable bedding for your sleep sanctuary will leave you resting lighter, knowing your sleep is keeping the health of our planet in mind. From recycled materials to quality linens that last for years, there are a variety of options available in the quest for an eco-friendly bedroom.

Bedding produced from natural fibres

Cotton Bedding 

Cotton bedding is durable, breathable, soft, easy to care for and available in a wide variety from affordable to luxurious. However, cheaply produced cotton can have a negative impact on the environment when harsh chemicals are used in the farming and production process. 

Certified Organic Cotton is a safe choice if you want to be assured of an earth-friendly production process. Certified Organic Cotton products are woven from 100% certified organic cotton, which means no artificial pesticides or fertilisers are used in the cultivation of organic cotton, resulting in a reduced environmental impact. 

Authentic Egyptian Cotton is delicately hand-picked to maintain the strength and durability of each tiny fibre. Because of its long-staple fibres, the overall finish of Egyptian Cotton is smoother and silky soft and it only gets softer the more often you wash it. Material with a longer lifespan is an earth-friendly choice because it means you will be buying less often, reducing waste. 

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For long lasting earth friendly bedding, go with natural materials.

Bamboo Bedding

Bamboo is one of the most sustainable fabric choices you can make. The bamboo plant itself is the naturally fastest growing plant and it doesn’t require pesticides or insecticides to grow. It can grow easily almost anywhere and it is self-generating which means it doesn’t need to be replanted. Bamboo plants also require a lot less water than other thirsty crops like cotton. 

Once made into fabric, bamboo is naturally hypo-allergenic and soft on the skin plus it is biodegradable too. Due to its unique fibre structure bamboo is remarkably breathable – making it perfect for year-round sleep comfort. Bamboo fibre is brilliant at wicking away moisture but at the same time providing warmth when you need it. 

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Silk Bedding

Silk bedding is a splurge that gives you a luxurious sleep experience. It is also an earth-friendly choice for a number of reasons. It is completely natural, made from fibres produced by moths and then spun and woven to produce an extremely soft and smooth fabric that is both durable and wonderfully delicate on the skin. 

The Silk Lady range is made using silk threads from moths that are fed only chopped mulberry leaves and live in an area free of pollution for 3 kilometres. Their silk is strictly free from harmful chemicals throughout the entire production process and OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified, and 100% free of any artificial softeners, bleaches and dyes. 

Recycled fibres

Recycled materials made from recycled polyester are trending in the world of sustainability. Tags with messages like “I used to be a plastic bottle” are a common sight in home and clothing products. But what is recycled polyester? 

Recycled polyester is made by melting down or crushing existing plastic and re-spinning it into new polyester fibre. Some are made from items like plastic bottles while some are made from existing polyester materials like discarded clothing. 

Recycled polyester material looks and feels the same as virgin polyester and offers the same level of quality. The great part is that it saves plastic from sitting in landfills and oceans and it takes far fewer resources to make. 

Recycled microfibre duvet covers, sheets and pillows are made using recycled polyester. They are smooth, soft and incredibly warm, making them a great choice for the chilly winter months. This fabric is also highly stain-resistant, making it easy to care for and wash and it’s durable too meaning it lasts a long time. This range is also made locally in South Africa making it a win for our economy too. 

Recycled mink throws are super soft and fluffy, and have an extra feel-good factor thanks to the fibres being made from recycled polyester. Available in a variety of colour and textures, these ultra cosy blankets are perfect for the end of your bed or the couch on chilly mornings and nights.

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Earth-friendly bedding tips: 

  1. Choose quality

High-quality fabrics last longer, and with proper care can give you years of use. 

Certified Egyptian Cotton bedding is made from the finest quality organic cotton yarns that are resilient for long-lasting use as well as simple and timeless in their design making their look one that transcends trends and fashions for a classic aesthetic that stands the test of time.

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2. Care

Taking the time to treat stains, store linens correctly and wash well will give your bedding a longer life and keep it looking great. Keep whites looking whiter naturally by allowing them to dry in direct sunlight when possible. The sun is nature’s bleach. 

3. Eco-friendly products

It’s not only what you choose to buy for your bed, but how you wash it that impacts the environment. Eco cleaning is becoming more mainstream, and for good reason too. Toxins in conventional cleaning products wash down the drain and eventually end up in the ocean, posing a threat to sea life. Eco-friendly products can also prolong the life of your bedding by being gentler on the fibres. 

Try natural products like Tuiste hand washing powder by local brand Schoonhuid. 

4, Reuse

When you are done with your bedding, donating it to those in need is a wonderful way to extend its life. Never throw away bedding or clothing as it will end up in the landfill. Donating your used bedding will mean someone in need will be able to use it and the charity selling it will also generate much-needed funds from its sale. Click here to find a thrift store near you. 

You could also reuse old stained or thinning sheets for a variety of household uses. Torn up for cleaning rags or to cover your car seats or boot when transporting messy things like plants or pets. The uses are endless.

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