Of all the decisions made to live a more sustainable and ethical lifestyle, bedding isn’t usually the first, or even the fifth, thing people think about. But it should toward the top of the list.
While recently shopping for a new mattress, I found that the sustainable and eco-friendly parts were easier to come by, the vegan part was not. So many mattresses had wool, horse hair or other non-vegan materials.
I knew there had to be some good options for vegans out there so I went into research mode to track them down. And because bedding and sheets can often be made of silk, down and wool I wanted to share a couple great places to get all your vegan bedroom essentials.
Is Sustainable Bedding Better?
First, you may be wondering why is a sustainably made mattress that important?
Most of the mattresses out there are made with toxic chemicals in order to make them flame retardant, mold resistant, etc. This is because they use petroleum based materials that need these protectors against them. So, really they are just putting a problem on top of a problem.
These chemicals can cause all sorts of issues such as headaches, nausea, and even long lasting internal issues. I mean, we spend a third of our lives on our mattresses, we should probably be more careful about what is in them!
Thankfully, many people have taken notice and come up with great options in organic and chemical-free bedding. And although many use wool, I was able to track down a few lux sustainable options that are healthy and completely animal-free.
This is my favorite brand as they are dedicated to using ZERO animal products in any of their designs. Their core values are truly create a healthier alternative for sleeping using organic cotton, natural plant extracts, essential oils and rubber tree materials.
Although this company isn’t strictly making vegan mattresses, all of its mattress can be made without wool. CozyPure uses a blend of natural plant based materials to create the batting that would otherwise be made with wool.
Earthsake set out to create an eco-friendly, vegan mattress and landed on the newly popular hemp material. Hemp is naturally mold and mildew free (much like the non-vegan wool that is typically used). This creates a great mattress for warmer climates. Hemp is also very sustainable to grow making this product a great option.
4. Good Night Naturals
This brand has not only been dedicated to organic bedding it has also been able to make many of its mattresses vegan. It developed eco friendly and vegan flame retardant options and were able to remove wool from some selections to make them safe and vegan friendly.
This is first on my list as it is the only brand that makes primarily linen bedding, as opposed to cotton. Linen is one of the most sustainable and eco-friendly materials, making this brand a no-brainer! The products have natural, earthy tones helping turn your bedroom into an oasis.
This brand is dedicated to offering the best in organic home goods ranging from bedding to bath and even kitchen items. My favorite part is their subscription options which allows consumers to essentially “rent” the items on a monthly payment plan. Once you are in need of new items you send them back and they are upcycled or recycled!
7. Boll and Branch
This company started with a dedication to making the best organic cotton sheets. It partners with artisans in India to create high quality pieces that are good to people and the environment. My favorite item of their site is the 100% organic cotton down alternative comforter.
Started by two moms who wanted to make sure their children’s rooms were healthy, not harmful, Plover uses organic cotton and is dedicated to using people- and planet-friendly dyes. They are ethically made in factories that are monitored for the safety and well-being of their workers. It is easy to see why this one made the list as they have fun prints and matching sets!
9. Farm to Home
Founded by eco lifestyle entrepreneur, Marci Zaroff, Farm to Home brings the best in affordable organic bedding. Her sustainable line consists of soft pastels and florals to help even the most amateur decorator turn their home into a eco haven.
10. Rora Organic Organic Bamboo Viscose Sheets
A great alternative to traditional cotton sheets, this bamboo set is naturally antibacterial and moisture-wicking. The refined sateen weave has a 300 thread count making these exceptionally soft and smooth for your cosiest sleep yet. Available in both queen and king, the set comes with a fitted sheet, flat sheet and two pillowcases.