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13 Places to Get Soft Blankets in Natural Fibers

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There’s no better winter companion than a cozy blanket. A warm throw or quilt can be your best friend through months of snow and slush, long holiday travels, and evenings by the fire. It’s also a gift you can never go wrong with, especially for that loved one who already has everything. 

Well-made, long-lasting blankets take a bit of care and intention to find. We’ve put together a list of our favorites to make holiday shopping and treating yourself just a bit easier.

Skin-Safe Materials & Dyes: Synthetic textiles like blankets are typically dyed with immuno-sensitizing azo-benzene disperse dyes, which can cause a skin reaction when you snuggle up in your blanket, or can break off into your home’s dust. This means that even though you’re not likely to put a blanket in your mouth, these hazardous substances can still be breathed in and ingested by you and your family. Natural fibers are better for both your body and the environment. We love organic cotton, alpaca and merino wool, linen, Tencel, and hemp for warm and safe blankets. To be sure that the dyes and finishes used on the fibers aren’t toxic, look for certifications and labels from Oeko-Tex and bluesign

Durability and Timeless Style: Look for brands that intentionally choose quality materials and design their blankets to stay with you for years. For example, wool blankets are naturally anti-odor, and don’t need to be washed often, unlike synthetic blankets. Some of the brands on our list even choose timeless styles, so your blanket never goes out of fashion. Be sure to check the material care instructions when you buy, though, so you get the most life out of it as possible. 

Traceable & Ethical Supply Chain: Blankets are the perfect way to invest in artisan craftsmanship and bring traditional designs into your home.  The brands on this list work closely with artisans to ensure they’re paid fairly in safe conditions, and ethically source their materials. If you’re unsure if a brand’s ethical claims are legitimate, look for certifications from Fair Trade USA and the World Fair Trade Organization. 

 

1. Pendleton

What we love: Pendleton has been around since 1909. It runs two of the remaining woolen mills in the U.S., where they scour, dye, spin, weave, and hand-finish wool and cotton for its Oeko-Tex-certified blankets. It fosters long-standing relationships with local wool farmers and the indigenous artists that create its iconic patterns, which are woven on looms.

Price Range: $60-$529

Available in: The U.S.

 

2. Minna

What we love: Minna is a certified B Corp and queer-led business located in Upstate New York. Its blankets feature beautiful abstract patterns and minimalist designs and are handmade in small batches with alpaca, Oeko-Tex-certified cotton, and merino wool. It builds relationships with its artisan partners in Central and South America and lists who made each blanket on every product page. 

Price Range: $165-$398

Available in: Most countries. 

 

3. April Notes

What we love: This brand makes soft and earth-friendly home linens. Its collection of blankets is made with linen, cotton, and merino wool. They’re certified free of harmful chemicals and synthetic dyes, and are naturally breathable and hypoallergenic. Everything is made on demand to minimize textile waste and overproduction. The brand works closely with a boutique atelier in Lithuania to maintain craftsmanship and ensure fair wages and safe working conditions for its artisans. 

Price Range: $149-$180

Available in: The U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland, Gibraltar, and all European Union countries. 

 

4. Avocado

What we love: Avocado is a Los Angeles-based certified B Corp known for its cozy bedroom stylings. Its throw blankets are made with Oeko-Tex-certified organic cotton, alpaca wool, cashmere, merino wool, and recycled cotton. The colors of the alpaca wool throw are naturally occurring, so no dyes are used, and the rest of the blankets are made with azo-free dyes. It sources its wool from Northern India, and its supply chain is regularly audited.  

Price Range: $39-$349

Available in: The U.S.

 

5. Coyuchi

What we love: Coyuchi creates high-quality home goods with minimal environmental impact. Its blankets are made with organic cotton and wool from India and woven in Fair Trade-certified factories in Turkey, Portugal, and Germany. It has a blanket guide to help you find the perfect one for you or your loved one. 

Price Range: $58-$478

Available in: The U.S.

 

6. Savvy Rest

What we love: This certified B Corp bedding brand makes organic cotton dye-free blankets in sizes from throw to king. Its cotton is grown and weaved into blankets in the United States. 

Price Range: $89-$198

Available in: The United States

 

7. Under the Canopy

What we love: Under the Canopy’s blankets are made in India, Pakistan, Turkey, and China with Oeko-Tex-certified low-impact dyes. It uses merino wool from Argentina and organic cotton from Turkey to create intentional designs that are built to last. 

Price Range: $178-$212

Available in: The U.S.

 

8. Boll & Branch

What we love: This Fair Trade Certified bedding company prioritizes non-toxic processes to create safe and soft blankets. Its throws are made by artisans in India, Turkey, and Pakistan with traceable Oeko-Tex-certified organic cotton and alpaca. 

Price Range: $149-$699

Available in: The U.S. and Canada. 

 

9. Bearaby

What we love: Bearaby specializes in weighted blankets for sleep and anxiety, but also makes comfy and lightweight throws. It uses Tencel from Austria, organic cotton from India, and Oeko-Tex-certified recycled polyester to make blankets in multiple weights and sizes.  

Price Range: $149-$309

Available in: The U.S.

 

10. Cold Picnic

What we love: Cold Picnic turns home goods into beautiful art pieces with domestically-sourced Oeko-Tex-certified recycled cotton. Its blankets are designed in Brooklyn and made in the U.S. in small batches by a family-owned company, and its quilts are handmade in India by artisans. 

Watch out for: Some blankets are made with polyester, so check the material details before you buy if you’re sensitive to synthetics.

Price Range: $130-$560

Available in: Worldwide. 

 

11. Parachute

What we love: Parachute is a direct-to-consumer brand that creates quality and durable home goods. Its blankets have a timeless modern design and are made with Oeko-Tex-certified materials including cotton, alpaca wool, and linen. It partners with Fair Trade manufacturers in Portugal and Turkey to maintain an ethical supply chain. 

Watch out for: Some blankets contain a small percentage of polyester, so be sure to check the material details if you’re sensitive to synthetics. 

Price Range: $99$289

Available in: The U.S. and Canada.

 

12. The Citizenry

What we love: This Fair Trade brand makes warm and lightweight blankets, quilts, and throws from ethically sourced Oeko-Tex-certified materials including alpaca wool, mohair, linen and cotton. It lists all of its international partners, and you can see where each blanket was handwoven and loomed on its product page. 

Watch out for: Some blankets contain a small amount of polyester, so check the material makeup if you’re sensitive to synthetics. 

Price Range: $189-$299

 Available in: The U.S. and Canada. 

 

13. Made Trade

What we love: This online marketplace vets every product to make sure its truly sustainable and transparent. It lets you shop by your values, so you can specifically look for blankets that are USA Made, handcrafted, or Fair Trade. You can even look for ones woven from your preferred materials, such as cotton, recycled polyester, hemp, linen, and merino and alpaca wool. 

Watch out for: Use the filter settings to avoid synthetics. 

Price Range: $40-$719

Available in: The U.S., Australia, Canada, the U.K., most European and Asian countries.

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