Friday, May 24, 2024

Sustainable Bed and Bath Essentials to Make Your Home an Eco Sanctuary

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Home is a sanctuary. Make yours the best it can be with sustainable home goods for every corner of your abode.

Home is where the heart is. Whether you’re a packrat or a minimalist, we’re not here to judge. But we can help you pick the best of the best to make your home the sacred space it should be. And that matters more than you might think. Cotton, a pervasive fabric in the bed and bathroom, has one of the largest environmental footprints, affecting everything from water usage to pesticide consumption.

Cotton is notoriously water-intensive. It takes about 2,700 liters of water to produce just one cotton hand towel, equivalent to the drinking needs of one person for 2.5 years. This immense water usage is more critical in regions where water scarcity is already a pressing issue, like India and Pakistan, where cotton farming is prevalent.

Pesticides are another major environmental concern associated with cotton production. Although cotton occupies only 2.5 percent of the world’s cultivated land, it accounts for 16 percent of the global use of insecticides — more than any other crop. These chemicals can degrade soil quality, diminish biodiversity, and contaminate water sources, posing health risks to humans and wildlife alike. The heavy use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides disrupts soil biota and decrease soil fertility over time. This degradation can contribute to increased greenhouse gas emissions as disturbed soils release carbon dioxide. From the machinery used in farming to the transportation of cotton goods, fossil fuels are extensively consumed. Moreover, nitrogen-rich fertilizers used in cotton fields release nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 298 times that of carbon dioxide.

Given these impacts, there is a growing shift toward sustainable materials such as organic cotton, bamboo, lyocell, and linen, which use agricultural methods that significantly reduce water and chemical use, support biodiversity, and soil health.

Sustainable bed and bath home goods

These sustainable home goods tick all the boxes: sustainably made, sleek, sexy design, and all aces when it comes to function. Of course, our mantra is to use what you’ve got, but when it’s time to replace home goods or home decor, do it in the most eco-friendly way possible.

Coyuchi linens.

Coyuchi

Coyuchi’s new Full Circle Supersoft Throw Blanket is made from a blend of 48 percent cotton and 52 percent recycled cotton sourced through its 2nd Home Take Back program that turns old linens into new material. It’s a circular approach that keeps textile waste out of landfills. Pair it with the Coyuchi Undyed Collection — a celebration of cotton in its most natural form, unbleached and undyed.

Boll & Branch Women’s Robe

A cozy robe is a staple in the work-from-home world or those lazy weekends. This organic cotton robe from Boll & Branch is a great option. Crafted from GOTS Certified Organic Cotton that was woven in a Fair Trade certified facility, it’s the perfect cuddly addition this winter. Oh, and the print is so cute!

Ettitude Sheets

Everyone loves crawling into bed at the end of a long, hard day. Making our bedrooms a place of rest is crucial to our general well-being and impacts the quality of our sleep. We spend one-third of our lives in our beds, so it makes sense to pay extra attention and care there.

One of the biggest things you can do is choose non-toxic bedding to curl yourself up in each night. Bamboo is an incredible option because it easily grows without the use of chemicals and is an extremely sustainable crop. You’ll love this bamboo sateen sheet set from Ettitude. The soft twill is cool yet cozy on the body and the sheets are naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial.

Delilah home bedding

Delilah Home Sheets and Towels

From soft hemp bed sheets to plush organic cotton kitchen, bath, and beach towels, you’ll want to put Delilah Home into every room of your house. The company only uses 100 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton and non-toxic hemp for its home goods so you and the planet can rest easy. Delilah partners with Fair Trade factories, which are certified to the highest textile standards and the company pays above living wages while exceeding all local and national laws. “No fast fashion sweatshops are used by us,” the company says.

Micro Cotton Towels

Whether an at-home spa day or just a quick rinse, the perfect towel makes all the difference. Micro Cotton is about to change your bath time in a big way. Say hello to the world’s most sustainable towels — literally. These luxe, organic cotton towels are made in the most sustainable ways possible with a focus on community, water conservation, and accessibility. You’ll find these gorgeous, organic towels enhance your bath and beauty routines while you feel good about supporting a company with so many environmental commitments.

Looking for a new place? You can make moving house sustainable, too.

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