How to Have Eco-friendly Bedding and Linens

How to Have Eco-friendly Bedding and Linens

By: Sarah Zitin

Eco-friendly bedding and linens are not only more economically viable, but  also more cushy, luxurious and better for the planet. There are so many new materials on the market and sustainable bedding is a hot item now.

What is  Sustainable Bedding?

Sustainable bedding is comfortable, eco-friendly and better for the environment. It has no harsh chemicals and therefore it’s safer than linens that are made with processed, toxic materials. Authentic sustainability brands utilize Fair Trade and diversity along with organic, raw and natural materials.

Benefits of Sustainable Bedding

Sustainable bedding meets environmental standards. The materials and fabrics are easy to recycle, safe for the environment, and have antibacterial compounds. They also typically provide drying properties for a dryer, more comfortable sleep. There are numerous options for buying sustainable bedding. They are more cost-effective in the long run because the materials last longer, wear and tear better, and are better for your health and the environment.

What is Organic Bedding?

Organic bedding is made without pesticides like RoundUp, chemical fertilizers or other non-organic agents.

*Certifications for Organic Bedding

  • The USDA Organic Certification sets restrictions for advertising that fabric is organic. It requires that it’s made using USDA certified organic crop fibers.
  • The GOTS Certification requires that at least 70 percent of the fiber be organic.
  • The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 guarantees that fabrics have no dangerous chemicals. This certification also designates that they’re safe for human use.

Businesses must comply with these standards in order to receive certification. They undergo meticulous testing and review to earn these certifications.

How to Have Eco-friendly Bedding and Linens

Here is a List of Sustainable Bedding:


Bamboo is great for sensitive skin. Bamboo is often accompanied with rayon, which uses bamboo to create lighter sheets than cotton. Bamboo also contributes to great temperature regulation due to its moisture-wicking ability. If you often feel hot when sleeping, this is a great choice for you. 

Sustainable Hemp and Linen

Organic sustainable hemp and linen bedding are devoid of toxic chemicals. Its fibers are stronger than cotton and more durable. The hemp plant grows quickly, needs no pesticides and little water. Hemp bed sheets are warm in winter and cool in summer, and more absorbent than cotton for night sweating.

The chemicals in colored or printed sheets are harmful to living things and the environment. It’s healthier and safer to choose natural colored linen or hemp bedding


I bet you’ve never heard of Eucalyptus fabric! It happens to be very soft, cushy and comfortable, creating increased comfort for sleeping. It is also resistant to insects, mold, and dust – a perfect choice for allergy sufferers.

Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is easy to care for, breathable and cost-effective. Cotton has the natural ability to absorb water up to one-fourth of its weight. It takes a lot of water to create cotton bedding, but the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

Newer Materials: Tencel Lyocell, Modal, and Refibra

Another eco-friendly bedding choice is made using wood fibers. Eucalyptus, birch or beech woods are typical choices. This type of fabric is referred to as Tencel Lyocell and Modal.

Refibra uses Tencel and recycled cotton scraps. This combination feels great and uses a circular manufacturing process. They are also shrink-resistant, antibacterial, and absorb moisture for a healthy sleep.

Organic Latex

Organic latex is a great material for constricting firm foam mattresses. It’s made from certified rubber sap that is poured into molds. It’s also dust, mold, mildew and bacteria resistant. The impact on your health is significant.

How Do You Know If You’re Buying Eco-Friendly Bedding?

  • The term “eco-friendly” applies to products that are easily recyclable. No harmful chemicals can be utilized when producing fibers. Bleach, pesticides, or other additives seep into the soil, our drinking water and our bodies. 
  • Eco- friendly companies dedicated to protecting the environment choose eco-friendly dyes and use less water when growing and processing their fibers.
  • These companies strive to reuse all manufacturing waste in the production process. “Closed-loop production”  or “circular manufacturing” recycles 99 percent of solvents, chemicals, and other waste. This reduces the brand’s ecological footprint.
  • Look for labels which designate that the business meets environmental standards. The FSC Certification requires manufacturers to practice responsible forestry. This has a more stabilizing effect on social, economic, and environmental stewardship.
  • The “Green America” designation is given to companies that meet established rigorous standards. This means that businesses must practice the principles of environmental sustainability and social justice.

Sustainability Impact

We all know what it feels like to sleep on rough, stiff bedding and wake up sweaty and uncomfortable. Organic and eco-friendly sheets create less discomfort and better sleep. The impact on the environment in more conscious bedding choices is significant. 

On the other hand, regular bedding with no sustainable features is processed by a combination of harmful chemicals which may produce mold, mildew, bacteria and an unhealthy planet for all. Skin irritation, allergies and more serious health related  issues can be attributed to these harsh chemicals. 

In Conclusion

If we put this into perspective, we can’t afford to contribute to climate change anymore. Now is the time to invest in yourself! When in doubt, choose the eco-friendly and sustainable option for your bedding and linens. 

In light of recent hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, fires and floods, we don’t have the time to wait to choose options that are people, animal and planet-friendly. The environment is degrading quickly, a fact which is no longer up for debate. For the sake of your children and future generations, choose your health and that of the environment over any other considerations. If you have financial concerns as many of us do, look for sales on eco-friendly products, go to recycled goods and services, do whatever you have to and help make a difference in the world. It’s never been quite as dire as it is now; make conscious choices and be proactive in your and your family’s future.