Eight Sustainable Items to Help You Get a Great Night’s Sleep


Everything you need to get cozy and stay cozy

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I recently read “The Night Before Christmas” to my four-year-old niece, and I can’t stop thinking about how cozy the family in the poem is (before all the clatter). Imagining the children “nestled all snug in their beds,” and the narrator in his cap, “just settled down for a long winter’s nap,” I found myself a bit envious. Happily, I have a break on the horizon — we lucky Bluedotters will be taking off the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. I’ve got lots of plans, but the one that underpins them all — and that will truly make me feel merry and bright — is sleeping in. Whatever your schedule entails, I hope that you, too, have time to really rest, both next week and in the year ahead.

That’s why I’ve decided to devote this newsletter to sleep essentials. You’ll find eco-friendly mattresses, bedding, linens, pajamas, and more, as well as a great article that discusses how to shop for bedding, with information on materials such as latex, down, and wool. However you choose to spend the holiday season, I hope that you enjoy your “down” time.

Wishing you peaceful holidays and a cozy new year, 

–Elizabeth Weinstein, Marketplace Editor

A bed with clay-colored Coyuchi bedspread and pillows and cream-colored sheets in a room with a minimalist room with a potted tree, small wooden side table, and shiplap panelling on the walls.

Our Founder's Favorite Bedding

Lots of companies have started making organic linens lately, but Coyuchi has been in the biz for over 30 years. Bluedot’s publisher furnishes her own home with their organic, Fair Trade Certified sheets, and loves their organic cotton comforters and blankets as well.

A white platform bed with crisp white sheets and duvet, accented by steel grey pillows and coverlet, sits in a modern room against a back drop of white and black striped wallpaper.

Sheets, Pillows, and Comforters

While Coyuchi has a relaxed, California-cool vibe, Boll & Branch linens tend to look crisper, with designs that speak to an upscale hotel or a modern penthouse. Boll & Branch bedding is all organic and Fair Trade Certified. They also make excellent down and down-alternative pillows and duvet inserts.

A blonde woman sits on a bed wearing light green and blue pajamas printed with trees, flowers, and sheep.

Joyful Jammies

If you enjoy your pajamas with a side of whimsy, you’ll love Printfresh. The brand’s exceptionally cheerful organic cotton pajamas are sure to bring a smile to your face. Almost all items go up to a women’s size 4X. 

Cooling Pajamas for Hot Sleepers

Folks always in pursuit of the cool side of the pillow will appreciate Cariloha’s silky-smooth sleepwear made from viscose from bamboo, a fabric that helps regulate body temperature. We like this B Corp’s cool bedding, too. 

A person's feet shown in cream-colored suede, two-strap sandals with a white fuzzy lining, wearing oat-colored socks underneath and white pants. Photo credit: Birkenstock

Slippers that Do More

Birkenstock’s shearling-lined sandals and clogs may look ridiculously fluffy, but they’re also ridiculously cozy. These fuzzy Birks will keep your feet warm, last for years, and offer support that most slippers can’t match. 

A woman, a man, and three small children, all blonde and wearing pajamas, sit on an organic mattress in front of a tufted cream-colored headboard. Image Courtesy Naturepedic

A Customizable Mattress

Naturepedic’s entirely organic mattresses include a unique, high-end line that allows you to add or change layers and materials, so that you can continue to have sweet dreams even if your needs change. We also recommend their latex pillows. 

A Saatva brand Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress

Mattresses Made Just for You

Saatva uses sustainable materials such as latex, recycled steel springs, and organic cotton and wool, and will make your mattress to order from whichever one of their 19 American factories is closest to you. 

A shaggy, red doodle dog lies on a mustard-yellow dog bed and holds a bone and wears a bandana of the same yellow fabric. Photo credit The Foggy Dog.

Beautiful Dog Beds

The Foggy Dog makes all of its gorgeous dog beds in the United States. You can change covers with the seasons, but don’t miss the chic, upcycled denim designs. Fill the bed cover with your old linens, or try their Sustainafill insert. 

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Elizabeth Weinstein
Elizabeth Weinstein
Elizabeth Weinstein, Bluedot’s Marketplace Editor, lives in Manhattan with her husband; papillon Finley; and cats SanDeE* and Modell. When she’s not asking the folks at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom to try on their most sustainable sneakers in a size 9½, she can be found at the Union Square Greenmarket or gardening on her rooftop terrace.
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