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
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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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 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 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 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!