Seeking out environmentally friendly products is one of many small ways to reduce your carbon footprint and live a greener lifestyle. When shopping for sustainable household linens or ethically produced loungewear, you may have come across items made of GOTSⓇ certified organic cotton.
But what does this mean, exactly, and what makes it eco-friendly? Ahead, answers to these questions and a rundown of high-quality GOTS bedding items, bath essentials, wearables and other organic products that are actually worth investing in. Let's dig into GOTS sheets, what they are, what they are, where to find them, and other comfy organic bedding options.
What Is GOTS?
GOTS is the Global Organic Textile Standard, the leading certifier for organic fabrics. In addition to confirming products are sourced from organically grown plants (such as cotton) or organically managed livestock (such as wool), the third-party organization ensures every stage of processing meets its strict ecological and social criteria.
For a deeper dive into this textile certification, read our article, What Is GOTSⓇ?
What Is Organic Cotton?
Organic cotton is among the most popular types of GOTS bedding, towels and loungewear. The eco-friendly textile is woven from the fibers of cotton plants cultivated in organic soil without artificial fertilizer or synthetic pesticides. In order to be certified organic, the plants can't be grown from genetically engineered seeds.
What Is Organic Cotton? Learn more about GOTS certified organic cotton in our blog.
The Best GOTS Certified Bedding
Organic bedding is naturally breathable, endlessly soft and suitable for year-round use. The fabric is smooth and crisp but also delightfully cozy with a lived-in feel, making it a top choice for all sleepers in any climate. Get details about the best GOTS sheets, duvet covers, pillowcases, shams, quilts and throws below.
GOTS Organic Cotton Sheets
Sourced from organically grown cotton fibers and loomed by ethically treated Portuguese fabricators, these GOTS certified sheets are inherently soft yet durable. In addition to being organic, they carry the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 label. This tells you the fabric is free from over 100 potentially harmful substances, ensuring it's safe for your family and the environment.
The GOTS sheets from Parachute are garment dyed in versatile, muted hues, including taupe, deep beige and off-black. You can get a complete set with one or two pillowcases and an optional top sheet or buy each item à la carte.
For more insight into GOTS bedding and other organic options, check out our guide to the Best Organic Bed Sheets.
GOTS Organic Cotton Duvet Covers
Make your top layer organic while protecting your comforter with a GOTS duvet cover. As with GOTS sheets, you can buy an individual cover or a complete set with matching pillow shams.
This garment washed organic cotton duvet cover has a smooth finish with clean, simple seams that match the organic sheets. But that's not your only option. Consider mixing it up with a textured duvet cover set featuring a basketweave surface. Whatever you choose, you can count on comfy-cozy softness and all-night breathability.
Is Organic Worth It? Read our blog for more insight into GOTS organic cotton bedding.
GOTS Organic Cotton Pillowcases and Shams
If you want to sleep organic from head to toe, don't forget pillowcases. These organic GOTS pillowcases are designed to go over the bed pillows you sleep with. Made of 100% organically grown cotton, the material boasts a soft, lived-in feel. Each pillowcase is smooth on the front and comes in your choice of a traditional side-open style or hidden envelope closure on the back for a more seamless look.
For your outer layer of bed pillows, opt for a pair of shams. You can get an organic cotton sham set in the standard smooth fabric or go with organic air cotton if you prefer a fluffier look and feel. The shams and pillowcases you’ll find at Parachute come in laid-back, neutral hues that work in all four seasons. We're talking warm beige, midnight blue, charcoal and crisp white.
GOTS Organic Cotton Quilts and Throws
Whether you like to sleep with an extra layer of warmth or you only use it for decorative purposes, every bed needs at least one quilt or throw blanket. Available in deepest navy, sandy beige and moody grey, this chunky-knit organic cotton throw is woven from ultra-soft yarns into a delectably cozy texture that beckons a cuddle session.
This organic air cotton quilt is a great choice, too, and it comes in two sizes big enough to cover an entire queen or king bed. Featuring three layers of breathable cotton gauze, it's light as air and fluffy as a cloud. The rounded corners offer a soft, relaxed touch.
Read our Guide to Quilts, Blankets and Coverlets for more info on the different types of bed covers. And once you’ve sourced all your GOTS bedding, see our step-by-step instructions on How to Layer Your Bed.
Organic Euro Shams
Along with GOTS sheets, some people like to have an additional set of decorative pillows on their bed for added dimension and a fuller, plusher look. These bedroom accents are great for propping yourself up while reading a book or watching TV in bed.
You can get a pair of down or down-alternative Euro pillow inserts and cover them with organic cotton Euro shams. These square pillow covers are available in smooth cotton with a crisp, clean finish or fluffy textured organic air cotton. Consider a complementing hue that doesn't match the rest of your GOTS bedding exactly but rather enhances it. Or you could get the same color in a different texture to add subtle interest.
What Are Euro Shams and Euro Pillows? Read our article for more insight into these versatile, esthetically pleasing pieces.
Organic Cotton Crib Sheet
If you have a little one at home, you can't go wrong with GOTS sheets for their nursery. This corganic cotton crib sheet is both GOTS and Oeko-Tex certified, so you can enjoy peace of mind knowing it's safe and gentle against your baby's delicate skin.
The sheet is crafted in Portugal from 100% organic cotton and features a stretchy perimeter to ensure a smooth, tight fit. And the available colors are just as soft as the fabric.
When Can Newborns Sleep With a Pillow and Blanket? Read our article for answers.
The Best GOTS Bathroom Essentials
There are many more sustainable household linens to explore beyond GOTS bedding. Think about getting some organic towels, a shower curtain and a bath mat for your bathroom.
GOTS Organic Cotton Towels
This organic cotton bath bundle comes with six towels, six hand towels and six washcloths, so you'll always have plenty of fresh bath linens, even on laundry day. You can also buy the pieces individually if you need a specific number. And those who prefer drying off with something bigger than the standard GOTS towels can upgrade to organic bath sheets.
Whatever your towel preferences are, the thick, plush material is sure to be a hit. The organic cotton fibers are woven at 600 grams per meter into a nubbly texture for a soft, absorbent, endlessly cozy feel.
For more details and recommendations, see our blog on the Best Organic Bath Towels.
GOTS Shower Curtains
If you're a fan of air-cotton GOTS bedding, you'll appreciate this organic cloud cotton shower curtain. It's loomed from the finest long-staple fibers sourced from organic plants grown in Turkey.
Featuring multiple layers of gauzy fabric, the finished product is yarn dyed and garment washed to prevent fading. It's also machine-washable and pre-shrunk, so you won't have to worry about it shrinking in the dryer. Designing your bathroom from scratch? Don't forget to buy a waterproof shower curtain liner and a set of attractive hooks.
GOTS Organic Cotton Bath Mat
This organic tub mat is made of 100% GOTS certified cotton loomed at 1,000 grams per square meter. The result? An ultra-plush, super-absorbent, quick-drying material you'll love stepping onto after a warm shower or bath. It features the same soft nubbly texture and clean, streamlined hem as the bath towels, so you can create a cohesive-looking bathroom design.
Does your bathroom need a tub mat, an area rug or both? Our guide to Bath Mats vs. Bath Rugs has answers.
The Best GOTS Loungewear and Robes
If you're partial to GOTS sheets and bath linens, why not expand your horizons to pieces you can wear? Get details about the best organic loungewear and robes below.
Organic Cotton Tees
Whether you slip it on before bed or wear it out and about, you really can't go wrong with an organic cotton tee. Unlike standard cotton, this one features a jersey-knit weave that makes it extra-soft and uniquely stretchy without blending in any synthetic elastic materials.
Available in men's and women's sizes ranging from XS to 3XL, the oversized shape is perfectly boxy but still plenty flattering. What's more, the relaxed silhouette and classic crewneck offer a laid-back vibe that’s ideal for weekends and working from home.
Find out what went Behind the Design of Our Classic Loungewear collection.
Organic Cotton Pants
How about getting some matching organic cotton pants while you're at it? This pair features the same stretchy jersey knit weave as the crewneck tee. And since it's 100% cotton, it's definitely breathable enough to wear to bed, even if you're prone to night sweats. Piece dyed and pre-washed for softness and fade prevention, the pants come in a few neutral colors that won't go out of style anytime soon.
Check out our Best Organic Clothing Guide for more recommendations.
Organic Cotton Robe
You'll always be glad to have a high-quality bathrobe in your arsenal. If you're in the market for a new one, this organic cotton robe is a solid choice. Woven from 100% GOTS certified cotton into Parachute's signature jersey knit, the material is reminiscent of a comfy T-shirt.
Available in eight sizes ranging from XS to 3XL, it features an extra-long length and a unisex cut that flatters all wearers. The relaxed fit is designed to layer effortlessly over pajamas and other loungewear for added versatility. This bathrobe also has two slouchy hip pockets and a waist sash for securing it in place.
What makes some bathrobes better than others? Read our article for tips on what to look for when shopping for the Best Organic Robes.
Where to Buy the Best GOTS Bedding, Wearables and Home Goods
When you browse the organic collection at Parachute, you'll find GOTS sheets, duvet covers, pillowcases, shams, quilts and throws, all woven from organically grown cotton fibers. Parachute is committed to offering sustainable bedding, home goods and loungewear that keeps people and the environment in mind without sacrificing quality.
The bedding line you’ll browse here includes towels, bath sheets, washcloths, hand towels, tub mats and shower curtains as well. But that's not all. Parachute also offers organic clothing, including tees, pants and robes.
Beyond the selection of GOTS products, all fabrics carry the Oeko-Tex 100 label, ensuring they're sourced and produced without the use of potentially toxic chemicals. From artisanal-woven jute rugs and baskets braided from renewable materials to small-batch stoneware and all-natural bath and body products, there's something for everyone and every room.
Parachute is also proud to announce it's now officially a Carbon Neutral Certified company. If you want to make your home and lifestyle greener, this is the place to shop.