Let me share with you my ethical bedding finds.
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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 loathed 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.
The Best 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 its way out now.
On my radar for when we finally do replace it is Bruno Mattresses. Their ethical mattresses for beds are produced in Germany, to OEKO-TEX Standard 100. This Standard focuses 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 offers a 101-night trial. Here, if you’re not comfortable with the mattress you can return it for a full refund. And not only that, but the mattresses also come with a 10-year guarantee. Sounds pretty good to me!
Ethical Bed Linen
In terms of ethical bed linen, Wearth sells some 100% organic and fairtrade bed linen*. They’re quite on the spendy side though. As such, I don’t know if we could justify spending so much on white bed linen with two young children in tow. However, I personally will maybe bookmark it for the future!
I’ve also found some great ethical bedding and 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 100% recycled plastic bottles. 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. I don’t think this duvet is available anymore, but I’ve found something similar at Fine Bedding.
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, to horsehair, buckwheat, wool, and more, there’s something for every preference. I’m also a fan of the pillows from Marks & Spencer* (£10.50), which again are made in the UK from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
I hope these ethical bedding suggestions can help you out. If you have any other bedding suggestions that I’ve missed then as always don’t hesitate to share in the comments below. You can also check out my standalone guide to eco-friendly blankets, if you’re looking for that extra cosy factor.