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PARACHUTE TEAM
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JESSICA SCHRAMM FOR PARACHUTE HOME
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You know that buying organic — whether it’s food, personal products or clothes — isn’t just good for the Earth. It’s also good for you, and for your family’s health. So shouldn’t you spend your sleep time every night snuggled up in the best organic bedding? It just makes sense.

An organic comforter, quilt and sheet set are excellent choices for protecting you and your family from the toxins and chemicals used to make conventional bedding material. It’s also a sustainable choice for the environment that lets you feel good about your choice of bedroom decor. 

Organic sheets and comforters can come in a variety of textiles and fibers. Crops like flax are harvested using planet-friendly methods, making linen bedding a naturally eco-friendly, antimicrobial and durable option. And classic cotton fiber is one of the most popular materials for organic bedding. Learn more in our fabric and bedding materials guide.

But it’s not enough for a label to claim bedding is “organic” (we’ll explain why in a bit). So how can you choose organic bedding that’s high quality, comfortable and stylish — not to mention safe for you, your family and the planet? We have all you need to know about what organic bedding is, the benefits of it and how to select the highest quality bedding for you.

What Is Organic Bedding?

First, let’s talk about what “organic” even means. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines something as organic if it uses “agricultural production practices that foster resource cycling, promote ecological balance, maintain and improve soil and water quality, minimize the use of synthetic materials and conserve biodiversity.” The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) develops the rules for the production, handling and labeling USDA organic products.

Within the food industry, the USDA has strict rules and levels of labeling — from 100% organic to identifying individual ingredients as organic. However, USDA regulations for textiles are voluntary. 

In addition, some countries only allow farmers to grow crops for organic home textiles from non-GMO seeds, which are never exposed to pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.

Textile producers may indicate on their labels whether specific types or amounts of organic fibers are used in their products, according to the NOP. If the finished product is certified as organic and also produced in compliance with USDA organic regulations, then it may display the USDA organic seal.

Products sold in the U.S. that meet the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) standard may also be sold as organic.

Unlike conventional fabric material (sometimes referred to as “chemically produced”), organic textiles are grown without the use of fertilizers and pesticides. That makes organics a more ethical choice for the environment. Learn more in our guide: Are Organic Sheets Worth It? What to Look for in Organic Bedding.

So now that you know what organic is, you may be wondering why you should choose this type of bedding. 

Benefits of Choosing Organic Bedding

When comparing bedding options, you may wonder about the difference between organic cotton and conventional cotton bed linens. Let’s look at the benefits of choosing organic.

Sustainably Produced

Organic farming is better for the environment largely due to its sustainability benefits. Organic cotton farming, for instance, does not use toxic chemicals or genetically modified organisms. 

With organic farming, the focus is the health of the soil, water and ecosystems. By incorporating techniques like crop rotation and non-chemical means of fertilization, organic farming creates less of an environmental impact on the planet. 

Because of the way organic cotton crops are grown, harvested, and processed, bedding made from their fibers lasts longer than products made from non-organic materials. That means people who buy organic bedding end up putting fewer low-quality comforters, pillows and sheets in the landfills. High-quality egyptian cotton fabric is so strong, bedding made from it can last for decades.

Organic Sheets are Hypoallergenic

Because of the high-quality fibers used to construct cotton organic bedding, organic sheets tend to be more breathable, helping circulate the air better for those with respiratory issues.

And because the fabric is free of harsh chemicals and toxins, organic bedding is less likely to worsen the symptoms of those affected by allergies. 

During the manufacturing process, conventional bedding is coated with the wrinkle-resistant treatments that can release formaldehyde. Exposure to unsafe levels of formaldehyde puts adults and especially children at an increased risk of developing asthma. Organic bedding is free of those chemical treatments.

Non-Toxic (Healthy for Skin) 

For people with skin conditions or sensitivities sleeping on organic bedding is a must. The fibers in organic bed sheets and quilts aren’t subjected to toxic pesticides and fertilizers during processing. Those chemical treatments not only release irritants but also end up weakening the fiber. Weaker fibers tend to break down more easily and cause material to feel rough and itchy against the skin. 

Organic bedding is a better option for protecting a baby’s delicate skin. Because the textiles aren’t bleached or dyed with harsh colorants or synthetic inks, there’s less chance for irritation and a better chance for a good night’s sleep.

Pro Tip: For the healthiest skin and hair protection, opt for a mulberry silk pillowcase. Learn more in the Why Sleep on a Silk Pillowcase guide.

Oeko-Tex Certification 

If organic bedding doesn’t get the same kind of “organic” certification as food that’s labeled as organic, how can you tell if your organic comforter is in fact safe? 

In addition to the GOTS certification, look for labeling from the Oeko-Tex Association, an international organization dedicated to product safety. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 label indicates that every component of a product is free of high levels of a hundred commonly-used toxic substances and allergens that are harmful to both humans and the environment. All of the bedding you’ll find at Parachute is Oeko-Tex certified.

To learn more about the Oeko-Tex certification process,see our guide: What is Oeko-Tex? Learn About This Textile Certification Standard.

Comfort 

Even considering all the health and safety benefits for you, your family and the planet, perhaps the most compelling reason for buying the best organic bed linens is how comfortable they are to sleep on.

Using breathable organic cotton bedding is a great way to guarantee your best night’s sleep. By not exposing your body to harmful chemicals throughout the night, you can enjoy a more restful sleep so you can wake up refreshed. 

Plus, high-quality organic fibers naturally produce a softer material that makes for a more comfortable nighttime experience. Learn more about the best lightweight bedding options for you in our article: Best Lightweight Bedding 2021: Naturally Cooling Bedding Materials to Know.

Stylish Color Options

The same traits of organic bedding that make it healthier for you also gives your bed linens a timeless, easy style. Organic comforters, sheets and blankets are dyed naturally, so you can rest easy knowing that your skin isn’t being exposed to synthetic colorants or harsh chemical dyes.

The neutral, soft colors produced by natural dyes offer a timeless look that allows you to style your room with organic bedding for years to come.

To learn more about the best color styling options for this season, read on in our Bed Sheet Color Trends & Options guide. 

Popular Types of Organic Bedding

So now that you know organic bedding is a safe, comfortable, stylish option, how do you choose the best natural bedding for you? After all, an investment in organic bedding should provide home bedding that lasts for years. Here’s what to consider when selecting organic bedding for your home. 

Bed Sheets

Whatever weave you prefer in your bed sheets — whether it’s a soft, crisp percale, the lush sheen of sateen or the relaxed look and feel of linen — organic bed sheets should use only the highest quality fibers to ensure a healthy, restful night’s sleep. 

Look for sustainable bed sheets that are Oeko-Tex certified, and choose the material based on your sleep style as well as the look of your room. For more guidance on choosing the best fabric and style, see this Bed Sheet Fabrics and Styles guide.

Comforters and Duvet Covers

An organic comforter is an investment that can pay off in longevity, so choose the highest quality fill for your duvet

Down is a natural material that’s been used as duvet fill for centuries, thanks to its durability, which makes it a natural choice for a sustainable comforter. And an organic cotton comforter cover will help you stay even comfier. That’s because encasing a down comforter in a tightly woven cotton duvet protector will help reduce the level of irritants you breathe in throughout the night.

You can also protect your duvets with an organic duvet cover made with high-quality, long-lasting materials like long-staple Egyptian cotton or European flax. You can learn even more in our guide on Duvets and Duvet Covers: Everything You Need to Know.

Quilts 

Add a decorative and planet-friendly topper to your bed with an organic quilt or coverlet. By looking for an Oeko-Tex certified long-staple cotton or relaxed linen fabric, you can cozy up in a sustainable quilt for years to come. Learn more in our Guide to Quilts and Coverlets.

Pillows 

Choosing organic pillows is a very personal choice and will likely depend on your sleep style. Look for premium materials within sustainable pillows, whether it’s a down fill for a cloud-like experience or down alternative for those with severe allergic sensitivities. And remember to protect your pillow with a premium pillowcase for additional comfort and longevity. Learn more in our guide on How to Choose the Right Pillow for your sleep style.

Baby Bedding

For your baby and kid bedding, it’s essential to look for organic sheets that are safe for your little one’s delicate skin. Long-staple turkish cotton and linen are among the softest materials that will ensure a cozy night’s sleep. Look for high-quality fabrics that are free of synthetic dyes. 

Where to Shop for Ethically Made Bedding and Home Products

When you’re ready to shop for organic bedding sets and organic comforters, it’s essential to look for the highest-quality products to ensure a worthwhile investment. The full line of duvets and covers, bed sheets, pillows and baby bedding you’ll discover at Parachute are Oeko-Tex certified and free of harmful synthetic dyes and toxic chemicals. That makes our entire line of bedding a safe and cozy choice for you — and for the planet.

For more guidance on the coziest and most eco-friendly bedding and home products, read on:

Sustainable Home Essentials: Eco-Friendly Products for Your House

Best Organic Robes: What to Look For in an Organic Bathrobe

Organic Clothing 101: What Natural Clothes to Buy for You & Your Kids

Bedding Fabric & Materials Guide

Waffle Weave Fabric Guide

Pillowcase & Sham Guide 

Mattress Topper & Protector Guide 

Guide to Duvets and Duvet Covers

Home Fragrance Guide: How to Make Your House Smell Good

Laundry Room Accessories 101: Laundry Essentials You Need for Clean Living

Sources

https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/labeling#textile%20labeling

https://www.laudesfoundation.org/en/resources/4332environmentallcareportjune19.pdf