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Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Blankets to Keep You Cosy

Searching for a sustainable, eco-friendly, or ethical blanket to keep you cosy this winter? I’ve got seven blankets for you today, that won’t pull the wool over your eyes with their eco-friendly credentials. From recycled to organic, and everything in-between, at all budgets, there’s sure to be something that needs your needs.

I’ve written about ethical bedding before, but what if you are looking for an eco-friendly blanket to cosy up to on the sofa with? With energy bills set to soar in 2021, finding ways to keep warm without having to have your heating on 24/7 have never been more important.

As someone who spends part of their working life freelancing from home, over the years I’ve developed a number of strategies to keep warm that don’t involve always having the heating on. From cosy socks and ethical slippers to keep my feet warm. To big cardigans, hot water bottles, and blankets draped over my knees to keep my core temperature cosy. The life of a freelance writer is certainly not a glamourous one! However, coupled with some clever energy-saving tips, it really helps keep our energy bills down. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of the humble blanket.

Where to Buy Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Blankets

Image of some folded tartan blankets with a blue text box that says the best eco-friendly blankets to keep warm with this winter

If you are looking for a blanket to cosy into this winter, then I’ve got a great selection of eco-friendly blankets for you today. I’ve specifically looked for blankets made of natural fibres, eco-friendly organic materials, or sustainable recycled materials.

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Frugi

Frugi's cuddle up blanket made from GOTS certified organic cotton

If you’re looking specifically for a baby or kid’s eco-friendly blanket, or a small blanket to go over your knees, then Frugi’s striped cuddle up blanket* (£35) is a good buy. It’s ethically made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, and is super soft and snuggly.

Oxfam Online

Oxfam Online has a great selection of ethical and eco-friendly blankets. This small recycled wool blanket*, for example, is woven from recycled fibres which have been re-spun to form the blanket. Not only that but it’s made in the UK too for a low carbon footprint. At only £12.99, it’s a planet-friendly bargain.

If you are looking for a larger ethical blanket, then this pure wool eco-friendly blanket* (£37.99) would be a colourful and cosy addition to any home.

If wool isn’t your thing, then Oxfam also caters to vegans. This recycled cotton blanket*, at £44.99, is a little more spendy, however, it is a thing of beauty. The blanket is made by a family-run Fair Trade business established in Jaipur, India that employs artisans to make beautiful products using recycled fabric. They aim to work as a platform for Indian artists and uneducated craftspeople who are in need of work, in order to keep traditional skills alive through their products. 

Purchases from Oxfam Online all support Oxfam’s work fighting global poverty.

Thrift Knit

Thrift Knit sells designer secondhand knitwear. However, for the sweaters and cardigans that are too damaged for them to sell, instead of ragging them, they turn these damaged knitwear items into fabulous recycled blankets.

To make these blankets, they take the damaged garments and removed the buttons, labels, and any trimmings. Thrift Knit then turns that wool back into yarn. The yarn is then woven into these beautiful, sustainable blankets by weavers based in Delph, on the Yorkshire/Lancashire Border.

These woollen blankets comprise 80% of Thrift Knit’s recycled wool. The remaining 20% comprises of pure new wool. This must be added to ensure the yarn keeps its length and strength.

Find these lovely blankets on Etsy* for £55 to £60.

Urbanara

Recycled eco-friendly blanket from Urbanara

Urbanara sells a wide range of pure wool and eco-friendly organic cotton blankets. However, the one that caught my eye was this recycled fibre blanket* (£60).

Made using only a blend of 100% GRS-certified recycled fibres – from recycled cotton to recycled polyamide, acrylic, linen, and silk fibres, it’s not only ecologically friendly but super soft and cosy too. Despite being made from some recycled synthetic fibres, the knit structure feels similar to pure cotton. At a 190 by 130 cm size, this makes for a cosy blanket, perfect for snuggling up in on chilly winter nights.

Weaver Green’s Eco-Friendly Recycled Blankets

Got dogs or little kids? Partial to a glass of red wine? Got allergies? Then you will want to know about Weaver Green blankets (available via the National Trust for Scotland webshop*) (£48). These are hand-woven from up to 300 recycled plastic bottles each. Despite being made of recycled plastic, their blankets are soft, warm, and luxurious like wool. What’s more, they are easy to clean, stain-resistant, and suitable for outdoor use. They’re also water-resistant, hard-wearing and moth resistant. And if you have allergies, then the good news is that dust mites won’t live in them.

The one downside? Recycled plastic isn’t great to wash in the washing machine, as it does release microplastic which ends up in the food chain. Try to spot clean any marks/stains before washing the whole blanket.

Got any other good sustainable blanket tips? Do share!

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The Best Beeswax Candles For An Eco-Friendly Glow

Create a natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable glow with these best ethically sourced beeswax candles, direct from beekeepers.

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Here in the UK, we love our candles. So much so that we collectively spend more than £90million on candles every year.

Whilst there is nothing more atmospheric than relaxing by candlelight on a dark autumn or winter evening, there’s nothing that quite kills the mood when you realise that most standard candles tend to be made from paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is a by-product of petroleum oil – a fossil fuel that drives the climate crisis.

As well as the climate crisis, candles are also linked to health problems. Scented candles in particular are linked to indoor air pollution – which can cause breathing problems, and other health issues.

Don’t worry though! The good news is you don’t have to give up romantic candlelit suppers or baths. There are eco-friendly candle choices out there that will give you that sustainable glow. If you’re vegan, soy candles make for a great eco swap. And beeswax candles can also be an eco-friendly choice.

Why Are Beeswax Candles Better?

four rolled candles on a wooden trivet

Beeswax candles can make for a great eco-friendly alternative to paraffin-based candles. For a start, beeswax is a natural and renewable product derived from bees – it is the wax that honeybees secrete and use to create their honeycombs.

You may be wondering how ethical this extraction is. Small beekeepers who sell beeswax use ethical means of beeswax extraction to keep their business going. It wouldn’t be sustainable for them to harm their bees, so bees are not harmed or killed in order to extract the beeswax. Of course, larger companies may not be so diligent or ethical. If you are shopping for candles from companies other than those listed below, do always check that the company uses ethical means of beeswax extraction that do not harm the bees.

Beeswax also has a high melting point, compared to other waxes. This means beeswax candles burn for longer than paraffin ones. Beeswax is also clean burning – emitting no toxins, and very little to no soot or smoke. This means it can be a better choice for those that suffer from asthma, other lung conditions or allergies to standard candles.

Beeswax undergoes no chemical processing. And provided it has had no artificial fragrance oils added to it, then it is even compostable.

The Best Beeswax Candles For Every Occasion

Person lighting rolled beeswax candles, with a blue text box that says the best beeswax candles for an eco-friendly glow.

Here are our favourite fossil-fuel free beeswax candles – all direct from small beekeepers – so you can enjoy a cosy glow whilst ensuring the sustainability of your candles.

Beeswax Candles In Jars

candle in a jar

Looking for a pretty beeswax candle in a jar? Five Bees Yard* is the place to go.

As the 3rd generation of beekeepers based in Herefordshire, Five Bees Yard take pride in keeping things as simple as possible and as close to nature as they can. In their three apiaries, they keep their bees using generations of experience and applying exactly the same methods as their grandparents did.

As well as honey, Five Bees Yard handmakes their range of candles made from pure beeswax. These pretty jars come in a range of scents, and to reduce waste they can be refilled with refill candles from Five Bees Yard.

Buy from Five Bees Yard, via Etsy*, from £13*.


Beeswax Birthday Cake Number Candles

beeswax number candle on a birthday cake

If a birthday isn’t a birthday without a big number on the cake, then don’t worry, you can still have your cake and eat it. Five Bees Yard handmake these amazing eco-friendly beeswax birthday cake number candles*.

These non-drip natural and sustainable candles have been handmade using Five Bees Yard’s own beeswax, using only raw beeswax and unbleached cotton. What’s more – there’s no need for a plastic holder – the candle can be placed directly onto your cake.

With a long burn time, you can store these away and use them again for another birthday.

Buy from Five Bees Yard, via Etsy* for £3.50 per candle.


Beeswax Birthday Candles

beeswax birthday cake candles

Looking to ditch petroleum-based birthday cake candles? Beeswax Alchemy* hand-dips their beeswax candles in pairs with beeswax from their own apiaries, or apiaries from local West Country beekeepers. This allows them to authenticate the quality and ethical provenance of their beeswax.

Their beautiful beeswax birthday cake candles* are all handmade, using an ancient hand-dipping technique. This means there may be a slight variation in the size of each candle, but that just adds to the rustic charm.

The candles are non-drip, so you won’t end up with any wax on your delicious cake. And as each candle lasts for around one hour, these candles should last for quite a few birthdays!

Buy from Beeswax Alchemy, via Etsy, for £5 for 10 candles.


Pillar Candles

Hand rolled candles

As well as birthday cake candles, Beeswax Alchemy also make beautiful hand-rolled pillar candles. Here, they clean the beeswax collected from their hives and filter it. The wax is then pressed into sheets before being hand-rolled into 100% pure beeswax candles.

With a burn time of around 12 hours, that’s a whole lot of cosy candlelit evenings or baths to be had from just one candle.

Buy from Beexwas Alchemy, via Etsy* for £12 for 2 pillar candles.


Tealight Candles

box of beeswax votive candles

Finally, if you are looking for beeswax tealights then try Dorset based Bee Mine*. As a small beekeeper, the beeswax is sourced from their own bees. To help reduce waste, once you’ve burned your tealights you can reuse the metal tealight holders by ordering tealight refills*. These arrive naked – without the metal casing – ready for you to drop right into the old case and use again.

The wicks are made of pure cotton and dipped with beeswax, rather than paraffin. The candles are then packaged in fully recyclable cardboard packaging, free from plastic. Bee Mine says most orders will be sent in a letterbox parcel, so there’s no need to wait for the postman.

Buy from Bee Mine, via Etsy*, from £3.77.


Can’t find exactly what you are looking for? As I find more small-scale candlemakers making beeswax from ethically and sustainably sourced wax I’ll be sure to add them. Do check back later to see what I’ve found.

PS: If you want to make your own beeswax tealight candles, then I’ve got a guide for that!