How to

Choose an Eco-Friendly

Duvet Cover

How to Choose an Eco-Friendly Duvet Cover

Your bed is a highly personal space, and it makes sense to ensure each piece of bedding is both comfortable and stylish in a way that appeals to your unique tastes. If it’s important to you to think about sustainability and environmental safety, you might also want to add eco-friendly to the list of things to look for. There are some special elements to consider when you shop for an eco-friendly duvet cover, including material type, texture, care instructions and more. Use Pottery Barn’s eco-friendly duvet cover shopping tips to find the perfect piece of bedding to make your bedroom even cozier.

Consider Certifications

As you shop for eco-friendly furniture and bedding, you may notice certifications and other credentials listed as part of the item description. Oeko-Tex® certification, for example, signifies that the fabric you’ve chosen is free from certain harmful ingredients and preservatives such as formaldehyde and cadmium. If you’re interested in overall environmental protection and focusing on the use of healthy products in your home, Oeko-Tex® certification is a great credential to look for.

Choose Your Material

In addition to individual credentials from organizations such as Oeko-Tex®, you can also look for duvet covers that are made with organic fibers such as cotton and linen. Crisp, cool cotton is a popular duvet cover material, and it’s one of the most common fibers produced according to strict guidelines for organic certification. Choose an organic duvet cover in cotton or linen if you enjoy the sturdy, soft feel of those classic materials on your bed. Some organic duvet covers may even have combined eco-friendliness cred in the form of both 100-percent organic status and Oeko-Tex® certification.

Try Something New

Linen and cotton bedding fabrics are definitely tried-and-true bedding classics, but what about Tencel®? Have you ever thought about using bamboo or eucalyptus to make your bed? As interesting as it may sound, both bamboo and eucalyptus are highly sustainable plants – they grow quickly and require much less water and pesticides to produce than many other natural fiber materials. In addition to being sustainable, these raw materials spin into decadently soft fibers that make for silky, comfortable, eco-friendly bedding in fabrics with names such as Tencel® and Rayon. Consider giving a new bedding material a try with an eco-friendly duvet cover made from sustainable modern fibers. Their softness is sure to delight you!

Take Care

Care instructions can vary for eco-friendly bedding products, so this may be something you want to think about as you shop. The way you choose to launder your eco-friendly duvet cover can also influence the way it looks. For example, linen is crisp, cool and breathable, but it’s also prone to wrinkling, which can look great in a rustic, country bedroom. If you prefer a smoother look, you may want to opt for Tencel® or jersey made from bamboo, which tends to stay wrinkle free. If this element is important to you, read up on care instructions before making your final choice.

Stay Stylish

It’s easy to find beautiful eco-friendly duvet cover sets that are just as stylish and carefully designed as their conventional counterparts. In fact, you may end up choosing an eco-friendly duvet cover even if that wasn’t on your radar when you started shopping! From on-trend textures to pretty prints, it’s easier than ever to find options to suit your style and color preferences. You may even find a soothing solid color in a sumptuously soft material that breathes new life into your bedroom.

Take a Seasonal Approach

It can be nice to change up your decor with the seasons, so if you live in a location that sees fluctuating temperatures throughout the year, consider opting for two different eco-friendly duvet covers to suit the seasons. You can find organic flannel options to create a warm and cozy winter nest and balance that out with a lightweight cotton weave for your summer bedding. To finish up your eco-friendly bedding setup, look for organic or sustainable sheets and bedding basics such as pillows and duvet inserts. You can even select eco-friendly options for your mattress and bed frame, giving you an eco-friendly place to rest.