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These Are the Coziest Ethical and Sustainable Blankets

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While you’re cooped up at home binging Netflix or finally reading through that stack of books that’s been sitting on your nightstand for the past year, you might be reaching for a cozy blanket more often. If the one you’ve got is wearing thin, I have good news: there is no shortage of ethical, sustainable, and organic blankets out there.

Personally, I always have to have a blanket on me if I’m on the couch or in bed, no matter the temperature. It’s not always about warmth, but comfort. Last year, I hopped on the weighted blanket train and I’m glad I did. I can honestly say that if I’m feeling anxious or wired at the end of the day, I calm down faster if I get under my weighted blanket.

The research to back that up is pretty compelling: Weighted blankets have been shown to help with insomnia in adults and children with autism, as well as other issues like anxiety. (Note that weighted blankets may not be a good fit for those with sleep apnea or asthma. Ask your doctor if you’re unsure!) There are several brands below that make beautiful organic weighted blankets. If you decide to buy one, use the information given on the product page to decide how heavy to go; it will usually be based on the size of the primary user.

Below are our favorite brands making ethical and eco-friendly blankets. You’ll be able to find a wide variety of sizes, colors, designs, weight, materials, and price ranges—so you should be able to find exactly what you’re looking for. But first:

Here’s What to Look for in an Ethical and Sustainable Blanket

Earth-Friendly Fabrics and Processes: The brands below use materials like organic cotton, TENCEL, hemp, linen, and wool. These naturally biodegradable fibers don’t wreak as much havoc on the environment when they’re washed or thrown out at the end of their life.

Non-Toxic: During sleep, our bodies do an incredible amount of detoxification, hormone regulation, and overall recovery, so it’s important to make sure we’re creating the healthiest environment for that to happen. That means you want to go for non-toxic products that are grown without pesticides and then processed and dyed without toxic chemicals. Look for certifications like OEKO-TEX, bluesign, GOTS, etc.

Fair labor and transparency: As with everything you buy, check for fair labor practices. Look for brands that prioritize transparency (do they tell you where their products are made?) and certifications like Fair Trade and SA8000.

Aesthetic: Of course, choose a blanket that’s going to fit well into your home aesthetic and that you could see yourself really loving for a long time.

Now here are our favorite brands:

 

Parachute

Parachute’s bedding is manufactured by artisans who have been weaving world class linens for over 80 years. The Percale and Sateen fabrics are made of the finest long-staple Egyptian cotton and spun in one of Tuscany’s world-renowned mills. The Linen line is produced in the Guimarães region in northern Portugal, where textile production has thrived since the 18th century. Everything is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified, meaning their products are third-party tested for harmful chemicals and synthetics.

Carries: Quilts, coverlets, and bed covers

Prices: $209 USD – $279

 

Coyuchi

Coyuchi has been around for 25 years, and they’re one of our favorite bedding brands. They rely on guidelines such as those set by the USDA National Organic Program, GOTS, Fair Trade USA, the Textile Exchange, and the International Labor Organization, to ensure the products are made to the most sustainable and ethical standards. Coyuchi supported the development of the Responsible Down Standard by Textile Exchange, and they continue to support the development of TE’s Responsible Wool Standard, which is designed to be a global standard that protects animal welfare, influences best practices, ensures traceability, and gives consumers clear and trustworthy information For the packaging, they choose environmentally friendly materials such as biodegradable poly bags, recycled paper and cardboard, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paper and cardboard, and organic cotton bags. They have long-lasting relationships with suppliers – many of them are small- to medium-size family-run companies – who use sustainable manufacturing practices, like water recycling, renewable energy, and reduced waste, and who actively engage their communities.

To figure out which one of their blankets would be best for you, check out their blanket guide!

Carries: A variety of light, medium, and heavy throws, blankets, quilts, and comforters

Prices: $58 – $498

 

Bearaby

Bearaby’s weighted blankets are handwoven and machine washable (unlike a lot of weighted blankets!). Their classic Napper is made out of 100% organic cotton, while the Tree Napper is made from organic cotton combined with eco-friendly TENCEL (which is better for regulating temperature). Plus. their packaging is recycled and plastic-free, and they’ve created a unique storage unit, the Bearaby stack bag, so that you can pack your Napper away when you’re not using it.

Carries: Weighted blankets and weighted comforters

Prices: $199 – $269

 

MINNA

Working collaboratively with artisans, MINNA creates multipurpose products; their patterns, colors, and textures are meant to be mixed, matched, and layered. All of MINNA’s products are sourced from natural and sustainable materials. The cotton and wool are colored with natural or toxin-free synthetic dyes, and each handmade piece is the result of a careful production process. Employing a cottage industry approach, MINNA partners with master weavers and artisan collectives in Mexico, Guatemala, and Uruguay, which helps ensure craft preservation and job creation. The artisans MINNA partners with set their own wages and MINNA is committed to following fair trade practices in all aspects of their business. They have a variety of beautifully-designed throws that will add character to your living room or bedroom.

Carries: A variety of lightweight throws

Prices: $150 – $325

 

Shupaca

Shupaca was created to make handcrafted goods our of one of the world’s finest natural materials, alpaca, while promoting fair trade and supporting social and economic advancement for the artisans they work with. Collaborating directly with skilled Ecuadorian artisans in a small region outside of Quito, Shupaca works directly with these artisan groups to guarantee that they are compensated fairly and paid directly. All of their products are handwoven on wood looms, using the same traditional methods that have been used for hundreds of years.

Carries: Light to medium weight throws

Prices: $115 – $145

 

Boll & Branch

Boll & Branch’s blankets are 100% organic cotton and made in factories that are not only Fair Trade Certified but also use responsible waste and water management. 100% of their packaging is made from recycled paper and can be recycled and/or repurposed and all of their outer shippers are FSC certified.

Carries: A variety of bed blankets and throws

Prices: $125 – $180

 

Stray & Wander

Stray & Wander works with women’s cooperatives, family-run businesses, and individual artisans. Their focus is on bringing beautiful handmade and fair trade products to the global marketplace, while helping to preserve the ancient traditions behind these art forms. Their blankets are made from 100% hand-loomed organic Turkish cotton, and they can also double as a beach or picnic blanket.

Carries: A variety of throw blankets

Prices: $120 – $140

 

Wool and the Gang

If you’re feeling fancy, you could always knit or crochet a blanket yourself, using eco-friendly yarn! Despite its name, Wool and the Gang doesn’t just carry wool. They have nontoxic TENCEL yarn made from 100% renewable energy, wool made from pre-consumer waste fibers, sustainably-sourced Peruvian wool, upcycled denim and jersey yarn made from fashion factory scraps, and more. You can read a lot about each type of yarn and its sustainable characteristics right on the website. They have all the tools you’ll need too.

Carries: A variety of beginner, easy, and intermediate knitting and crocheting kits

Prices: $67 – $321

 

LinenCasa

LinenCasa makes beautiful, durable, Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified, plant-based linens crafted from locally-grown flax plants in Belarus. Linen is lint-free and is naturally more absorbent and dries faster than cotton. These blankets are made from stonewashed linen (a.k.a. pre-washed linen), which means they can be washed in the washing machine and do not require dry cleaning or ironing. They will also become softer with every wash.

Carries: Throws

Prices: $179 – $239

 

Rumpl

Rumpl has a collection of insulated blankets that are made completely out of recycled materials, like plastic bottles. These are like sleeping bag blankets, so they will keep you warm and cozy inside and out. They’re water- and stain-resistant for durability, and they come with a cape clip and corner loops for versatility. Rumpl blankets come in three different sizes, so you they’re perfect for kids, adults, or couples.

Carries: Outdoor blankets

Prices: $99 – $149

 

Anchal Project

Anchal Project’s contemporary geometric designs are defined by sophisticated patchwork and aggregated stitch patterns. Their approach revolutionizes the traditional Kantha quilting techniques from north India to create modern, heirloom-quality pieces. All Anchal products are handmade in India and using eco-friendly dyes, natural fibers, and organic cotton. Anchal Project also runs DyeScape, a natural dye education, and training program at their organization’s headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. Anchal Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit and is fair trade certified by Fair Trade Federation.

Carries: Medium weight quilts and throws.

Prices: $290 – $372

 

Nipomo Luna

These blankets are handwoven in central Mexico by skilled artisans out of upcycled yarn from the garment industry. A blend of Californian style and Mexican heritage makes Nipomo’s incredible line of blankets what it is. California-based Mother and daughter team, Elizabeth and Liz, who themselves are Mexican, collaborate with traditionally trained weavers in central Mexico to create Nipomo’s traditional blankets with modern vibrant colors. The upcycled yarn used in each Nipomo blanket is derived from remnants from the clothing manufacturing process. Nipomo is a women-owned company and all makers and artisans they employ receive fair wages and work in clean, safe work environments.

Carries: Throw blankets

Price: $86

 

Hangai Mountain Textiles

Hangai Mountain Textiles is a family-owned and run business based in Basalt, Colorado. Founded by a couple that lived and worked for more than a decade in Mongolia, Hangai sources yak down, baby camel, and cashmere blankets and throws that are knit and woven in Mongolia from hand-combed natural fibers. This fair trade process ensures that more of the financial benefit stays in Mongolia with the herding families, and supports a traditional and environmentally sustainable lifestyle that is under threat from the overproduction of Chinese cashmere.

Carries: Throws and blankets

Prices: $520 – $1,330

 

Area Home

Since 1990, Area Home has produced simple, practical, and beautiful home products that are made to last. Swedish designer and owner Anki Spets ensures all Area Home products are manufactured to the highest standards of sustainability and composed of only the highest quality natural fibers and materials like baby Alpaca—ensuring each product has an exceptionally long lifespan. Area Home products made from linen and organic cotton are manufactured in Europe, and all products made from alpaca are manufactured in Peru. All manufacturing facilities are certified to have safe working conditions and provide fair wages.

Carries: Light and medium weight blankets and throws

Prices: $145 – $595

 

Studio Variously

Based out of Detroit, Michigan, Studio Variously works directly with master artisans across India and Nepal to create a design collaboration one custom piece at a time. Driven by concepts, rather than short-lived trends, 80% of Studio Variously’s artisans between the US, India & Nepal are women. Since their inception in 2016, they have employed 12 to 15 master artisans who are 3rd and 4th generation weavers, dyers and printers. Only premium quality, natural yarns are used in their exquisite textiles, which are all ethically sourced from countries including India, Nepal, Australia, and Belgium. Their dyes are eco-friendly, sourced from plants whenever possible, to promote conservation of water. All of Studio Variously’s artisan partners are paid living wages, and their team sources raw materials from small farmers wherever possible to support a sustainable supply chain.

Carries: Light and medium weight throws.

Prices: $199 – $349

 

REI

You probably already know that REI carries a ton of adventure apparel and gear, and that includes blankets. Every brand that REI carries meets a minimum standard of ethical and sustainable operation. Although not every single item is made out of recycled and/or natural materials, they have a really wide variety of durable outdoor blankets to choose from, many of which are made consciously. Or, you can shop from their Used section, which is perhaps the most sustainable (and affordable!) option. For more about REI’s sustainability initiatives in depth, read this.

Carries: A variety of outdoor blankets

Prices: $20 – $370

 

Wool Art Design

Wool Art Design’s chunky knit blankets are made from GOTS organic, OEKO-TEX certified wool. These are made to order, so you can choose from a wide variety of sizes and colors.

Carries: Chunky knit blankets

Prices: $120 – $960

 

Sensonest

Handmade in Arizona and available on Etsy, these weighted blankets are made out of natural materials like organic (and conventional) cotton, linen, glass beads, and non-toxic dyes.

Carries: Weighted blankets for adults and children

Prices: $45 – $225

 

Hemp Organic Life

HempOrganicLife’s throws and blankets are made out of organic hemp and linen, which are easily grown without pesticides. Available on Etsy, you can order whatever size you want for many of the products. The owner of HempOrganicLife lives in Ukraine and she sources all of the hemp and linen from within her country and partners with local craftspeople to produce her blankets.

Carries: A variety of different sizes and weights of blankets and bedding.

Prices: $50 – $392

 

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