We don’t just love these vegan bedding brands for being cruelty-free. Their comforters, duvets, pillows and blankets are all sustainable and ethical, too!
By Lora O’Brien
Ah, sleep. We tend to spend our childhood begrudging it only to not get enough as an adult. And sleep is super important! It’s a sanctuary for the body and mind, a place where we can rest after a long day. But as we get older, it’s not as easy to achieve a good night’s kip.
A shocking 75% of us are experiencing poor sleep for the majority of the week. Ways to improve your sleep quality can include: reducing screen time, meditating before bedtime, and ensuring your bedroom is a dark, quiet sanctuary.
To help do that, you’ll want to get under a duvet that you know is ethical, and sleep on a pillow that you’re sure is non toxic. Above all, you’ll want to know that your bed wasn’t the cause of harm to any living creature. And that’s where vegan bedding comes in.
Image below: The Fine Bedding Company
What is vegan bedding, exactly?
When we think of veganism, food, beauty products and fashion accessories usually come to mind. But how often do we consider the bedding we sleep in every night?
Vegan bedding means it doesn’t have any animal-derived materials in any form. Mainly, loads of feathers are used for bedding, in pillows and duvets. But let’s not forget that there are also many wool and fur blankets out there, and even silk sheets!
And if you think down-filled bedding is just using feathers left over from the food industry, well, you’re wrong. Down harvesting is a whole industry within itself, and more often than not, it’s incredibly cruel. More than you think!
What to look for in vegan pillows, sheets and covers
When considering vegan bedding brands, you’ll want to ensure a good thread count. That means your sheets will be more durable and comfortable.
You should also ensure they’re sustainable. That means they should be made of biodegradable textiles. Modern choices today include:
- Organic cotton
Eucalyptus, hemp, linen and organic cotton are great ecological choices! That’s because they use far less water than regular cotton. And of course, unlike polyester, they biodegrade, too.
Plus, sleeping on natural, breathable fibres also means you won’t get the night sweats as badly, since these materials keep you cool and dry in summer, and warm and cosy in winter. (And if you’re looking for some organic pyjamas to sleep in, check out our article on those).
So obviously, in my selection of the best vegan bedding, I’ve only included sustainable brands. These are all either using natural or recycled materials for their comforters, pillows, duvets and more.
THE BEST VEGAN COMFORTERS & DUVETS
Do you ever dread changing your duvet? Whether you have a double or a king, it seems like can get lost in the tangle of sheets when trying to dress your bed. So, why not skip the sheet entirely? This coverless duvet by The Fine Bedding Company offers a minimalist solution for the traditional duvet.
The natural cotton waffle looks stylish on its own and comes with its own 100% pure cotton cover which is super soft, with a reverse textured waffle top combining both comfort and tactility. And the best part is that when your duvet is in need of a little sprucing up, just pop it into the washing machine and hang it up – it’ll be dry in as little as 2 hours!
Price: Start at £85
Best for: A coverless duvet that is stylishly minimalist, and easy to clean!
Softer than cotton, as smooth as silk. That’s how the Ethical Bedding Company describes its sustainable vegan bedding. And we’d agree!
Made from organic eucalyptus silk, these duvet covers ensure you’re neither too hot, nor too cold. These covers are super stylish, and come in three neutral hues that are totally Pinterest worthy. But that’s not all! If you’d like something to put inside, the company also makes summer duvets from bamboo and eucalyptus, too!
Price: Start at £99
Best for: Vegan bedding that’s also temperature regulating. No more sweaty sleeps!
However you best sleep at nighttime, Brooklinen has a duvet to match your needs. Each duvet is tucked within the brand’s ultra soft, 200% long staple cotton shell for added comfort.
Ideal for those on a budget, this vegan duvet is made from recycled PET fibers that have been repurposed from plastic bottles. There are lightweight options for hot sleepers, and heavier ones for those who live in freezing climates.
Best for: Those who feel good about buying products made from recycled items.
Does your duvet feel stiff or stuffy at night? Unlike polyester or down, the eucalyptus filling in this vegan duvet allows air to circulate, and helps to keep you cool.
This eco-friendly vegan bedding option is made from 100% eucalyptus silk harvested from regenerative forests in Austria and the Czech Republic. It requires 10x less water than cotton to grow, and is both compostable and biodegradable. And unlike down or feather duvets, it’s hypoallergenic, with eucalyptus naturally repelling dust mites and mould. How amazing is that?
Best for: People with serious dust allergies.
THE BEST VEGAN PILLOWS
This vegan pillow a huggable, full-body comfort that will truly elevate your sleeping experience! It’s perfect for side, stomach and back sleepers. It even provides extra support for pregnant women. You can quite literally cuddle your way to better sleep!
Stuffed with marshmallow-soft recycled fluff, the shell is made from woven, earth-friendly lyocell fibre, which is far more eco-friendly than cotton. Plus, each pillow’s filling recycles approximately 73 plastic bottles. This is a great way to reduce plastic waste and help you to sleep better each night. Hurrah!
Where: USA & Canada
Best for: Side, stomach and back sleepers
Mela’s vegan pillows are the perfect place to rest our heads. They’re as comfortable to use as they are easy to wash, thanks to their pillow-in pillow design.
Best for: These are osteopath-approved, making them perfect for every sleep position
Avocado is one of the best organic vegan bedding brands around! Their non-toxic vegan pillows some of the healthiest on the market.
These pillows are stuffed with a customisable amount of natural GOLS certified organic latex foam ribbons and GOTS certified organic kapok tree fibre. The outer shell is an organic cotton jersey liner, encased in a GOTS certified organic cotton quilted cover. We love how the filling can be removed to customise the pillow to your personal preference.
Best for: Super clean, customisable vegan bedding that will last a lifetime
Brooklinen’s Down Alternative Pillow is so comfy, it has won awards for being the best on the market. It’s vegan, allergy-friendly and made in the USA.
These pillows are stuffed with shaved microfibers that have been specifically made for the brand. They were created with the intent of mimicking the exact feel of down. They’re available in three different types:
- Plush: the softest and fluffiest, perfect for stomach sleepers
- Mid-plush: perfect balance between being soft and supportive
- Firm: offers the most support and has a high-quality firmness, making it ideal for side sleepers.
Best for: Everyone! There is a pillow for all types of sleepers
GREAT VEGAN BLANKETS + LINENS
Whether you’re relaxing on the sofa with a good book or trying to get good sleep, this knitted blanket will provide the ultimate comfort and sleep aid to all. The tight weave provides an evenly distributed weight that moulds to your body, while the cable knit looks perfect draped over your furniture.
Best for: This is one of the best vegan bedding brands for anyone wishing to improve their sleep quality
The cotton in this elegant blanket is guaranteed to be ethically sourced and sustainably grown. It’s the perfect vegan blanket for napping, sleeping, or wrapping up in to stay warm. It comes in five neutral, naturally dyed hues that match any decor: sky, ivory, camel, white and grey.
Price: Start at $102
Where: USA but delivers internationally
Best for: Organic vegan bedding with texture. Looks great as part of your bedroom design scheme
Not only will this buttery soft, chunky cotton throw look gorgeous draped over any living area, but it’s also perfect for ensuring you nap better. Made with naturally weighted vegan yarn, it makes you feel calmer, and helps you sleep better.
Yep, it’s true: weighted blankets have been medically proven to aid deeper sleep cycles due to the weight on your body stimulating the production of serotonin, reducing cortisol (the stress hormone) and increasing melatonin. All of which helps you to fall, and stay, asleep!
Price: Starts at $199
Where: USA, but delivers worldwide
Best for: Insomniacs, of course!