Natural and Organic Bedding Options

Create a cozy, comfortable bed—free of potentially toxic chemicals—with these dreamy natural and organic bedding options.


| January/February 2014


Our beds should be safe, comforting havens where we can drift off to dreamland without worry. But unfortunately, many mattresses, sheets and blankets are made from synthetic, petroleum-derived materials that have been doused in flame retardants and treated with formaldehyde finishes. Sounds like a chemical nightmare, right? It doesn’t have to be. Our guide to natural and organic bedding materials offers healthy alternatives that are good for you and the planet.

Organic Bedding: Wool

Wool is a remarkable fiber. It regulates body temperature, keeping us warm in winter and cool in summer. It wicks away moisture and dries quickly, which deters mold, mildew and dust mites. It’s also naturally flame-, wrinkle- and stain-resistant; static-free; 100 percent biodegradable; and extremely durable.

Natural mattresses that include enough wool can pass stringent flammability standards without the use of potentially toxic flame retardants (see “Chemicals of Concern” later in this article). Wool mattress pads keep mattresses dry and clean without the use of plastic. Wool comforters provide loft and warmth without overheating, and wool pillows are a humane and healthy alternative to down, which can trap moisture and harbor dust mites.

Certifications: Products labeled “Pure Grow Wool” (also known as Premium Eco-Wool) are made with wool sourced from small farms in the U.S. where sheep are raised organically and treated humanely. Only long fibers are used to make Pure Grow Wool products, maximizing resilience and longevity.



You can also trust wool products certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the world’s leading standard for textiles made from organic fibers. GOTS-certified products contain a minimum of 70 percent organic fibers. The use of toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde and chlorine bleach are prohibited, and manufacturing chemicals, including dyes, must meet stringent safety requirements.

Tips: Regular sunning and airing is the best way to care for most wool bedding, which is not machine washable. Protect comforters with a removable, washable duvet cover and use zippered pillow protectors. To boost the loft of a wool pillow, put it in the dryer with two tennis balls and run it on low for 20 minutes.








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