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Rest Assured: Better Bedding and Pillow Options

Conventional bedding is made from chemical-laden synthetic fabrics. Choose better bedding from the many eco-friendly options available.
By Andrea Olsen
November/December 2010
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From top to bottom: Amy Butler's Dream Daisy coverlet, Plover Organic's Cartouche/Teal Confetti quilt, Amy Butler's Dream Daisy duvet, and Amy Butler's Dream Daisy square decorator pillow
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Conventional bedding supports chemical-heavy synthetic fabric production and pesticide-laden cotton farming. Such bedding is often treated with formaldehyde and chemical dyes, and can be full of irritating allergens. Choose from the many options healthier for you, your family and the planet.


Organic Cotton
Pros: Hypoallergenic, soft and breathable; not treated with formaldehyde, bleaches, harsh dyes or other chemicals; easiest to find
Cons: More expensive than conventional cotton; can be hard to find in bright colors or a variety of patterns

Pros: Absorbent, lightweight and sturdy; requires no pesticides to grow; can be blended with other organic fabrics to soften; gets softer over time
Cons: Some hemp fabric can be stiff; manufacturer softening can entail a long, chemical-heavy process.

Peace Silk
Pros: Natural protein fiber; eco-friendly production process; lets silk worm live a full life; luxurious texture
Cons: Expensive; requires special care; not always machine washable; snags and wrinkles easily


Organic Cotton
Pros: Free of pesticides and chemicals; hypoallergenic; less irritating to skin
Cons: Not as supportive as other materials; tends to flatten over time

Organic Wool 
Pros: Naturally flame-retardant, waterrepellent, hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites; eco-friendly alternative to down; durable
Cons: Doesn’t have down’s soft, squishy feel

Natural Latex
Pros: Made from rubber trees; naturally flame-retardant; resistant to mold, mildew, bacteria and dust mites; conforms to body shape
Cons: Some people are allergic to latex.

Pros: Lasts longer than cotton; firm; great insulator; very durable
Cons: Stuffing not typically washable; not as fluffy as other stuffing

Buckwheat Hull
Pros: Made from the buckwheat kernel’s protective husks; supportive, eco-friendly and washable
Cons: Can become infested with bed bugs or dust mites if not used regularly or stored properly


organic cotton bedding

Amy Butler
organic cotton bedding

organic cotton and hemp pillows

organic cotton bedding, pillows

organic cotton bedding

EcoChoices Eco Bedroom
organic cotton sheets

Good Night Naturals
organic cotton and wool bedding

Harmony Bedding
organic cotton sheets, pillows

Holy Lamb Organics
organic wool pillows, organic cotton sheets

The Natural Sleep Store
organic cotton and eco-silk bedding

Nikki Designs
hemp sheets, buckwheat pillows

Plover Organic
organic cotton bedding

silk quilts, coverlets and pillows

Savvy Rest
organic cotton bedding

Shepherd’s Dream
wool pillows, bedding

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