Just two years ago, finding organic linens required all sorts of internet sleuthing, with just a couple of small online stores offering organic cotton sheets, shams and duvet covers, oftentimes in 'natural' (and I would say quite boring) colors. Now, whether you shop online, go to your nearest big department store, or head down to the local outdoor mall, you'll find organic cotton, hemp or silk sheets in a variety of colors and styles, at similar prices to non-organic options.
Since a conventionally grown cotton sheet set uses about 1.5 pounds of agricultural chemicals, going organic with your sheets not only keeps most of those pesticides and herbicides out of the environment (not to mention the energy and waste it takes to make chemicals in the first place), you're also supporting organic farming techniques, which keeps the soil naturally healthy through crop rotation, use of beneficial insects instead of pesticides and other methods. Why not create a restful and organic bed with all these great options?
Anna Sova has some of the brightest organic linens out there, in shades like marigold, raspberry, mossy stone, champagne, and even black. Check out the certified organic cotton sheets and the gorgeous silk dupioni duvets and shams, which are made with eco-safe dyes and are finished with organic nut soaps instead of formaldehyde sizing (which is used for conventional sheets, and is the reason your mom always told you to wash new sheets before using them). Who wants to sleep in formaldehyde anyway?
Gaiam has sold organic cotton sheets for a few years now, but lately their styles have really taken off, with creative patterns and rich colors that certainly don't scream all-natural; in addition to sheets, they also offer duvet covers and shams. The Bangalore bedding (shown) takes it's tonal cue from the yellow cumins and red curries of Indian cuisine, while the pretty leaf-print set is a fun, but more mellow take on natural style.
For uber-modern design that's both clean and beautiful, Vivavi sells Loop's line of cotton sateen sheets in neutrals like ivory, sandstone and white, and deep colors like autumn orange and chocolate. Mix and match complimentary colors rather than buying a monocolor set of sheets to create a unique bed landscape.
Keeping with the modern look, Amenity's duvet covers (they have matching throw pillows too) are printed with a large-scale botanical print that's made with non-toxic dye atop 100% organic cotton.
Macy's has matte finish, pastel, hotel-style sheets in four colors as part of their Purely Organic collection, which is made from long-staple cotton, making for a softer touch. These sheets are on sale right now for about 1/3 off the original price.
Bed, Bath and Beyond
If you're thinking flannel sheets as autumn approaches, Bed, Bath and Beyond offers pretty options in purple and light blue (and they also carry non-flannel cotton sheets if fuzzy flannel's not your thing).
Online eco-home retailer Kushtush has colorful sheet sets in reds and purples by Coyuchi. These look like solid-colored sheets, but upon closer inspection a pretty textured print emerges. Subtle and soothing for the ultimate relaxing bedroom set.
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