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I’ve basically spent my whole adulthood poking around in charity shops, vintage shops and hitting up eBay. Ask me where the best charity shops are and I’ll tell you: Oxfam and Shelter in Edinburgh’s Morningside. The best vintage shops in Scotland? Starry Starry Night in Glasgow and Armstrongs at Teviot Place in Edinburgh. Want to know my best eBay shopping tips? You can find them here, my friend.
It goes without saying, I’m genuinely happy to buy most things secondhand, bar for a few examples.
I don’t know about you but one area in particular that I’m especially loathe to buy secondhand is bedding. Even when I stay in a hotel I try not to think too hard about how many people have slept on the bed (and worse). And can we not talk about the recent bed bug infestation in New York City? I seriously cannot think about it without feeling itchy!
I’ve recently been looking into more ethical bedding, etc, new of course, and wanted to share my finds with you.
Ethical Bedding Finds:
Let’s start with the mattress. I recently saw an advert on TV which recommended replacing your mattress every 8 years. I actually winced watching the advert as our mattress is much older than that. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit just how old our mattress is. but let’s just say it’s very very old. I have taken reasonable care of it, hoovering it and turning it when I remember, but there’s only so much time that can buy you. Five years ago we souped it up with a mattress topper to eek a few more years out of it, but it’s definitely on it’s way out now.
On my radar for when we finally do replace it is Bruno Mattresses. Their mattresses are produced in Germany, to OEKO-TEX Standard 100. This Standard focuses on on hazardous substances often found in the textile industry, like heavy metals, toxic dyes, pesticides and herbicides, and carcinogenic substances like formaldehyde. As Bruno Mattresses hold this Standard, their products are free of any of these chemicals, which is a plus for ourselves and the environment.
As well as the environment, Bruno Mattresses have really thought about longevity too. Each mattress comes with a removable, machine washable outer cover. The parent in me thinks this is genius!
The prices are good value, starting at around £350 for a mattress with free delivery. Buying a big ticket item like a mattress online can be a bit of worry, especially when you haven’t had a chance to try it out. Thankfully Bruno offer a 101 night trial, where if you’re not comfortable on the mattress you can return it for a full refund. And not only that, the mattresses also come with a 10 year guarantee. Sounds pretty good to me!
In terms of ethical bed linen, Liv sell some 100% organic and fairtrade bed linen (£80-£95), which they describe as ‘hotel quality’. I’m not sure exactly what that means but frankly sounds luxurious. I don’t know if we could justify spending so much on white bed linen with two young children in tow, but I’ll maybe bookmark it for the future!
I’ve also found some ethical bed linen on Ethical Superstore*, from manufacturers such as Traidcraft, Natural Collection and Fou Furnishings, all of whom rate relatively well in terms of ethics.
Moving on to duvets, we bought a pretty good one from Marks & Spencer* for our daughter (in single size) that we’ll probably buy in a larger size for us too. The duvet is made in the UK, with it’s inner made with 100% recycled polyester and it’s outer made from sustainable cotton. It’s also pretty good value, priced at between £39.50 to £55 depending on the size, and is machine washable which is always a plus point.
Pillow-wise, I don’t know about you, but I don’t do feather pillows. Greenfibres has a range of pillows filled with various alternatives to feathers. From millet, to spelt, horsehair, buckwheat, wool and more, there’s something for every preference. I’m also a fan of the pillows from Marks & Spencer* (£15), which again are made in the UK from 100% recycled polyester.
I hope these ethical bedding suggestions can help you out. If you have any ethical bedding suggestions that I’ve missed then as always don’t hesitate to share in the comments below.