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.
The Company Store:
Product: Green Organic Tile Bedding
Why It's Green: Made using certified organic cotton percale, it's woven, dyed and finished to Global Organic Textile Standards.
Price: $22 - $129
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 Percale Ash Gray Sheets
Why It's Green: These 300-count sheets are made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, inks, and dyes, but they're imported.
Price: $15 - $90
Product: Larch Organic Charcoal Blanket
Why It's Green: Although imported from Portugal, this blanket is made from Oeko-Tex compliant dyes used on 100% organic cotton fiber.
Price: $58 - $76
Product: Deluxe Organic Solid Flannel Bedding
Why It's Green: These sheets are imported from Germany, but they're made from 100% organic cotton certified by the Eco-Tex label.
Price: $44 - $100
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
Product: Portico Organic Cotton Sheets
Why It's Green: Made from GOTS and Oeko-Tex 100% certified organic cotton, Portico's bedding is free of chlorine bleach.
Price: $80 - $120
The Ultimate Green Store:
Product: Robbie Adrian Organic Blankets
Why It's Green: Spun and knitted in the United States, these blankets are made with organic cotton yarn/fleece.
Designer Linens Outlet:
Product: Amy Butler Modena Quilted Coverlet
Why It's Green: Although imported, this quilted coverlet is manufactured by Welspun with 100% organic cotton.
Price: On sale for $52
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Photo: Unison Larch Organic Cotton Blanket