Hey! Now that we’ve gotten your attention with our greenwash-y, SEO-friendly title (thanks, Google), you should know that while there’s no such thing as “eco-friendly” sheets, here’s what to be wise on when you’re shopping so you can pick the best option for you, the planet, and the people making your stuff.
This is scientifically unverified, but we think there’s a direct correlation between sleeping peacefully and how well your sheets are made. We’re big fans of linen and organic cotton with a special focus on supply-chain transparency.
WHAT TO BE WISE ON:
We spend around ⅓ of our lives in bed, so beyond ensuring the people who made your sheets got a fair wage and material extraction didn’t leave the land barren, it’s important to be sure our bodies aren’t absorbing harmful chemicals while we sleep. Currently around 70% of manufacturers put some type of toxin in their bedsheets.
THE FACTORS TO CONSIDER:
Find an OEKO-TEX or GOTS certification to rule these out.
Look for organic cotton, hemp, and linen.
A FEW TAKEAWAYS:
We recommend washing your sheets once every two weeks. If you’re allergic to dust mites, kick it up to once a week, and wash them in water that’s at least 130 degrees to kill those buggers. After regular use, the fibers of bed linens can start to break down and show wear and tear. If they’re starting to look a bit worn, you should replace them, likely every two years. Still looking fresh? If they’re being regularly washed, keep them as long as you want.