Our bedding can make a huge difference to the quality of our sleep. Cotton, for example, is much more breathable and cooling, compared to polyester blends. If you are looking to upgrade your bedding to cotton, then check out the Moral Fibres recommendations for the best organic cotton bedding brands.
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For many of us, cotton is our top choice when it comes to bedding. And for good reason. Cotton is breathable, hypoallergenic and long-lasting.
What’s more cotton helps to draw moisture away from the skin. This has two benefits. It helps to keep you cool during hot summer nights and helps to keep you cosy during the autumn and winter chills.
Due to the many benefits of cotton, cotton is the second most-produced fibre in the world, after polyester. Choosing organic cotton is one great way to make a tangible positive impact on the environment.
Why Organic Cotton?
Until recently, it was claimed that using organic cotton uses 91% less water compared to non-organic cotton. However, these claims have now been thoroughly debunked. This doesn’t make organic cotton a bad choice though when it comes to bedding. Organic cotton is grown without synthetic chemicals and pesticides and without genetically modified (GMO) seeds.
Conventional cotton, on the other hand, is grown with synthetic chemical inputs and/or genetically modified seeds.
Removing synthetic pesticides from the cotton-growing process is good for the environment – reducing the risk of biodiversity loss associated with pesticides. It also helps to protect the health of farm workers, and cotton pickers, as well as communities living close to cotton farms.
Choosing organic cotton over inferior standards, such as BCI Cotton, also helps maintain a market for organic cotton.
The Best Organic Cotton Bedding Brands To Know
To help you find the best organic cotton bedding brands, here are the Moral Fibres’ top picks when it comes to duvet covers, pillowcases, fitted sheets and more.
Urbanara* is a great choice for organic cotton bedding. Its Manteigas Percale Bedding range – comprising of duvet covers, pillowcases and fitted sheets – comes in six different colours. These range from muted neutrals to rich hues to complement any style of bedroom.
The Mateigas range is made in Portugal, from Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton. This independent certification ensures that no synthetic pesticides have been used in the production of the raw cotton.
The range is also OEKO-TEX certified. This is an independent test and certification process, to ensure that finished products are free of harmful levels of toxic substances, such as harmful dyes added during an item’s production.
With a 200 thread count, these light, breathable and soft duvet covers will help you get a great night’s sleep.
Check out the full range of organic cotton bedding directly at Urbanara*, from £52.
If you are looking for plain white duvet covers, or white with a subtle pattern, then Fou Furnishing’s range of organic cotton bedding is one to look at.
Only available in white, the entire range including duvet covers, pillowcases and flat sheets – are all made from organic cotton, sourced from Fairtrade suppliers in India. With an envelope opening on the duvet, there are no poppers or buttons to contend with either.
Fou Furnishings is certified by GOTS. And with a 250 thread count, Fou Furnishings say its ethically sourced range has been specially created to be durable, yet consistent with the quality you’d find in high-end hotels.
Available in single, double and king size, single duvet covers.
Natural Collection’s range of bedding* comes in a cream colour. Rather than a design decision, this is because Natural Collection’s organic cotton bedding is naturally whitened. As no chlorine or optical brighteners have been used the sheets are therefore not a ‘true’ white, and are more cream, or ecru.
Natural Collection has been supporting sustainable production, ethical innovation and green ideas since 1999.
With duvet covers available in single, double and king size, alongside matching pillowcases, the only thing missing from the range are fitted sheets.
Browse the Natural Collection range at Ethical Superstore*, from £26.95.
The Wool Room Organic Cotton Bedding
Contrary to what the name may suggest, The Wool Room’s range of luxurious bedding* is made from organic cotton, not wool!
The Wool Room’s bedding is made in Portugal from 100% organic percale cotton. Percale isn’t a fabric blend – it’s the name of a type of weave specifically used when making bed linen. It’s a simple criss-cross pattern, which enables the threads to be woven tightly. This gives a light, crisp, and durable finish to your sheets.
The Wool Room’s organic cotton is GOTS-certified, for your peace of mind. And this 200 thread count range of duvet covers and fitted and flat sheets come in single, double, kingsize, super king and emperor sizes.
You can also find a range of matching organic cotton pillowcases – in Oxford, Housewife and even V-shaped – for all your pillow-related needs.
Browse the full range directly at The Wool Room*, from £10.99.
Marquis & Dawe
Marquis & Dawe’s range of organic cotton bedding* comes in four shades – moss green, dusk blue, white and perfectly pale – a creamy hue. These are available in organic percale cotton, and in organic cotton sateen depending on your preference.
If you are wondering what sateen is, then again, like percale, sateen isn’t a blend of fibres. Instead, sateen refers to the weave of the cotton fibres.
When making sateen, the cotton is woven to maximise the visible threads on the top side of the fabric. This gives sateen a softness and shine to the upper side of the fabric, whilst the bottom side has a dull appearance. Sateen is also silky, and wrinkle-resistant. It’s also heavier, so tends to be warmer.
If you are a hot sleeper, then I’d pick regular cotton over sateen. And if you are always cold then sateen may be a cosier choice for you.
Marquis & Dawe’s range of bedding is made in Portugal and is both 100% GOTS certified organic and Oeko-Tex certified.
Available in single, double, king, and super-king sizes, the bedding also ships plastic-free.
View the full Marquis & Dawe range at Not On The High Street*, from £55.
As always, I seek to keep this page updated, so as and when I find more organic cotton bedding brands I’ll be sure to list them here.
And although it’s unlikely that you need advice on keeping warm right now, do also check out my simple tip on how to keep warm in bed. This is especially so if you are upgrading your bed sheets, as you may want to size up!