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These Are The Coziest Ethical and Sustainable Blankets

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Nothing elevates a room like a soft and warm blanket. It’s the perfect touch to every chilly evening, impromptu couch nap, or movie night. The throws and quilts from the brands below are the kind that you look forward to curling up in all day. It’s also the perfect holiday gift for a friend, family member, or yourself. 

Before you get cozy, take a look at our recommendations for finding ethical and sustainable blankets. 

Organic Materials: Look for blankets made from safe and sustainable materials that are good for you and the environment. The brands below use organic (and sometimes traceable) cotton, merino wool, alpaca wool, linen, or Tencel. Not only will these be more breathable and better for your body, but you won’t have to worry about shedding microplastics into your home or when it’s time to wash them.

Artisan-Made: Many of the brands below work directly with artisans who hand-make gorgeous and unique blankets. Some even feature the name of the person who created it on the product page or on the tag itself. Consider supporting craftspeople and artisan collectives when you shop for your next blanket. Not only will you have a closer connection to the piece when you know who crafted it, but you’ll also know it was made in ethical conditions.

Third-Party Certifications: Third-party certifications are important for both labor transparency and safe materials. These prove the brand is truly acting responsibly, and is sourcing and processing its textiles in a healthy and sustainable way. To be sure your new blanket was made ethically, with fair wages and labor practices, look for certifications such as Fair Trade and WRAP. For proof that its materials are organic and free of harmful chemical and dyes, look for certifications from GOTS, Oeko-Tex. For safe and sustainably grown cotton, look for labels from BCI and USDA

 

Coyuchi

This California brand makes organic cotton blankets grown and woven in a traceable and transparent supply chain. Coyuchi is GOTS and Fair Trade certified and works with Fibershed to promote regenerative agriculture practices. Its selection of quilts, blankets, and throws include both dyed and undyed options in several sizes and weights. Coyuchi has a renewal program that takes used pieces, restores them, and sells them again to reduce waste. (And gives you a discount for participating!)

 

Bearaby

Bearaby uses Tencel, organic cotton, and recycled synthetic velvet to hand knit beautiful weighted blankets. Its materials are GOTS, Oeko-Tex, and GRS certified. In addition to its standard “nappers” size, the brand also offers queen and king-sized weighted blankets, as well as children-sized. The chunky knit blankets are purported to improve sleep and reduce stress. They’re available in several colors and weights. 

 

The Citizenry

The Citizenry works with small artisans all over the world. Its hand-woven blankets are made with GOTS- and Oeko-Tex-certified alpaca wool, linen, organic cotton. Each blanket product page describes which Fair Trade workshop it was crafted in and the artisans involved. The Citizenry’s partners are routinely audited by the World Fair Trade Organization and pay its workers an average of twice the fair wage requirement. 

 

Boll & Branch

Established in 2014, Boll & Branch was the first 100% organic Fair Trade-certified bedding brand. It makes its fabrics from scratching using only organic and traceable cotton from family owned farms and factories in the US, India, and Portugal. Its selection of safe, soft, and long-lasting blankets includes throws and bed blankets in a wide variety of knits, sizes, and neutral colors. The brand pays its artisans and farmers additional wages to invest in their communities. 

 

Parachute

Parachute is a climate neutral certified brand that partners with Fair Trade- and GOTS-certified manufactures to craft sustainable essentials. Its collection of quilts, coverlets, and throws are designed to be durable and timeless, made of organic cotton and flax-based linen in Portugal and Turkey. 

 

Goodee

Goodee is a certified B Corp and online marketplace that promotes conscious consumerism by featuring responsible brands and artisans. All of its partners are required to meet Goodee’s transparency and ethical standards and report on their materials, supply chain, and labor standards. The cozy and colorful handmade blankets and throws it offers are made of merino wool, mohair, alpaca wool, organic cotton, linen and silk. The site also uses a sustainability badge system that allows you to look for blankets that match your values. 

 

West Elm

This Brooklyn-based brand partners with artists, designers, and artisans collectives to support local communities and create one-of-a-kind designs. Each product page for its blankets and throws include details such as specific sustainability certifications, materials, and origins. Its collection of cozy blankets includes bold colors and unique patterns. Many are Fair Trade certified, handwoven, and made with sustainable materials such as BCI-certified cotton

 

Obakki

Obakki closely works with artisans and collectives to cultivate a selection of small batch and Fair Trade home goods. It prioritizes its partners’ economic stability and sources materials locally to maintain sustainable relationships throughout its supply chain. Its colorful and handmade selection includes handwoven linen flax blankets from Libeco Belgian Linen (which holds the Masters of Linen quality label) and handmade wool throws from artisans in Italy. 

 

Avocado

Avocado is well known for its mattresses, but the certified B corp offers safe, sustainable, and artisan-made blankets as well. In addition to its dye-free alpaca wool throw, Avocado sells natural blankets made from your choice of merino wool, cashmere, organic cotton, and recycled cotton. Its materials are GOTS and FSC certified, so no matter which one you choose, you’ll be as safe as you are warm. If you need something a bit bigger, Avocado also makes duvet covers out of organic hemp, linen, and cotton. 

 

Cold Picnic

This Brooklyn-based brand works closely with a family-owned factory in New Jersey and Indian artisans to create gorgeous colorful blankets with unique and inventive patterns. Its knit blankets are made in small batches from domestically-sourced recycled cotton, while its quilts are handmade from organic cotton in India. The quilts are available in every size between baby and king. 

 

Anchal

Anchal is a Fair Trade nonprofit that sells sustainable products designed and handcrafted by marginalized women in India and Kentucky. Its bold quilt throws feature geometric and abstract patterns and are made of GOTS certified organic cotton or vintage cotton saris. Each product has the name of its maker sewn into the tag. In addition to paying fair wages, Anchal provides patchwork and training, so its artisans can innovate their own designs. 

 

Pendleton

Pendleton is one of the oldest wool manufactures in the US. This Portland-based brand locally sources, spins, and weaves its wool blankets at its mills in Oregon and Washington. Pendleton carries certifications such as GOTS, Oeko-Tex, and FSC, and ensures all of its suppliers are WRAP compliant. Its selection of blankets includes wool and cotton throws and multicolored patterned wool quilts. It also offers a small collection of blankets designed by Native American creators, the proceeds of which go to the American Indian College Fund, a nonprofit that funds scholarships for tribal colleges and Native American students.

 

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