1. Organic cotton
Unlike conventional cotton, organic cotton is grown from untreated seeds without the use of synthetic fertilizers and harsh insecticides and pesticides. Another eco benefit: no toxic chemicals are used in the harvesting or processing of organic cotton.
Pictured: Willow duvet cover in Cream and Sienna. 100 per cent organically grown and processed cotton printed with nontoxic water-based dyes.
Amenity, US$320 (queen), US$385 (king).2. Organic cotton flannel
Lucky for us Canadians, organic cotton also comes in the flannel variety to keep us warm during our chilly winter nights.
Pictured: Twill SKAL-certified organic cotton flannel blanket in Rose printed with Oeko-Tex certified dyes
Unison, US$72 (50" x 72"), US$85 (60" x 84") (email@example.com to order)3. Organic silk
Conventional silk is often grown using a hormone disruptor to slow the growth rate of silkworms, extending the length of time they produce silk. In addition, silkworm pupae are killed before harvesting. Organic silk avoids these methods for a more worm-friendly product.
Pictured: Silk duvet, certified asthma-friendly, hypoallergenic, chemical free.
Smartsilk, $369.99 (king), $299.99 (queen), $99.99 (crib)4. Hemp
A fast-growing crop, hemp uses less land than other fibres like cotton to yield the same amount of fabric. The deep roots help prevent soil erosion and the plant doesn’t deplete the dirt of nutrients, leaving the ground in good condition for succeeding crops. Plus, the versatile hemp fibre makes an extremely durable fabric that is often bleached in an environmentally friendly way, without the use of chlorine.
Pictured: Indika’s Malabar hemp/silk pillow shams
Zia & Tia, from $145 per sham (includes shipping)
With a texture similar to silk, fabric made from bamboo is naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic. Bamboo also has many of the same benefits as hemp: it’s grown without the use of harsh chemicals or pesticides, and its extensive root system helps prevent soil erosion.
Pictured: 100 per cent bamboo sheet set (includes flat, fitted and two shams)
M Smart Shopping, $380 (queen), $435 (king)
6. Organic wool
Wool is certified organic when the livestock are humanely treated and the fleece is free of chemical contaminant residues, such as pesticides or topical medications. Organic wool is also cleaned and disinfected by natural means, without the use of harsh detergents or petroleum-based chemicals.
Pictured: Ultimate Talalay Latex core pillow with terry cotton cover lined with Smart Wool
Natura, $99.99 (standard)
7. Recycled fabric
Not limited to paper, plastics and glass, recycling can be done with fabric too. Craftspeople across Canada are repurposing vintage and used fabrics and clothing as home goods like pillows and throws, helping to keep textiles out of landfills.
Throws handmade from wool sweaters
North Wood Blanket Co., from $295 (54” x 66”)
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