What makes bedding more or less green? Organic cotton is a plus, as are locally sourced materials and fair labor practices. Certifications from GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and Oeko-Tex (a standard regulating chemical-free raw materials and production processes) are also helpful in verifying a product's material composition. Here are 10 sources for organic bedding under $150, each of them with varying degrees of certification and sourcing listed in brief below.
Product: Organic Ruched Throw
Why It's Green: Although imported, it's made from 100% organic cotton in 3 colors. (Sage blue is currently marked down from $70 to $50.)
Price: on sale for $50 - $70
Product: Organic 400-Thread-Count Supima Sheets
Why It's Green: Although woven in Portugal, these sheets are made from 100% organic Supima cotton that's grown in the US.
Price: On sale for $30 – $130
Product: Eileen Fisher Organic Cotton Pillow
Why It's Green: Made in the US and Germany, these pillows are constructed with recycled microfiber and a certified organic cotton shell.
Price: $58 - $88
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Photo: Unison Larch Organic Cotton Blanket