The Ultimate Guide To Ethical Bedding
If you’ve followed the sustainable fashion for a while, you’ve probably come across the term “ethical bedding.” While the concept is attractive, there is a lot of ambiguity surrounding it.
What does “ethics” in bedding mean? How can you tell if bedding is ethical? How do you assess a company’s ethics? Most importantly, where do you go to purchase eco-friendly bedding?
If you or any of your friends have similar inquiries, bookmark this page to clear up any misunderstandings. While there is no hard and fast rule, the concept of “ethical bedding” and its various parts are provided below.
So let’s get started!
What Exactly Is Ethical Bedding?
The word “ethical bedding” is confusing. Everyone defines it from their own point of view. However, it is based on one fundamental idea.
Ethical bedding does not hurt the environment or the people living there.
It is bedding that is created, packaged, sold, and promoted in a way that does not harm the earth’s life or nonliving components. Instead, it focuses on how it can help people.
Many people consider it to be the polar opposite of fast fashion. Sustainable bedding protects the rights and health of people, animals, and plants, which are the main places where raw materials come from. Fast fashion, on the other hand, takes advantage of them because there is always high demand and a lot of it.
What Characterises Ethical Bedding as “Ethical”?
Numerous aspects influence the ethics of a piece of bedding. However, here are a few examples:
Sustainable Bedding Use Eco-Friendly Resources
All raw materials and energy utilised to create ethical bedding are organic, eco-friendly, low-impact, and non-toxic. These include fabrics such as Econyl, Tencel, organic cotton, ethical silk, and others that are clean, recycled, non-hazardous to human health, and environmentally friendly.
The Eucalyptus Lyocell Bedding Sheet Set is created from 100% Eucalyptus Lyocell, which means trees were grown on sustainably managed, biodiverse farms.
Also, ethical bedding companies use renewable energy sources for their assembly lines, track how much water they use, and don’t waste resources.
The Ethical Bedding Supply Chain Is Low-Impact
There are no greenhouse gases produced during the production of ethical bedding. They are either handmade or have modern, filtered machinery to ensure minimal pollution. Also, no dangerous dyes or waste products from the making process get into the waterways.
Eco-friendly bedding is also not wrapped in plastic after it is made. Instead, it is wrapped in paper, fabric, or other materials that are natural, reusable, or refillable. For example, the Sleepyhead Silk Pillow Set comes in minimalist, recycled, and recyclable packaging.
Lastly, the distribution is both low-impact and resource-efficient. Ethical bedding brands ensure that their manufacturing assemblies are close to their target audiences. They may reduce their logistics expenses, fuel usage, and vehicle emissions in this manner.
Ethical Brands Respect Workers’ Rights
Did you know that? Only 2% of garment factory workers are paid a living wage. A “living wage” is the least amount of money needed to cover basic needs like food, shelter, medical care, and clothes.
Eco-friendly bedding brands guarantee employees fair compensation, safe working conditions, paid leave, and other labour rights. They also oppose slavery, child labour, and young women who are forced to drop out of school to work. Unfortunately, these problems are common in poor countries.
Ethical bedding also empowers ethnically or culturally marginalised populations by providing work possibilities.
Where Can I Find Ethical Bedding Brands?
There is one general rule to follow while looking for ethical brands. Look for companies that are completely open about their supplier chains. These brands make it obvious how, where, and from what their ethical bedding is created.
And do you know the best part? All of the brands in the Swiss Impact Store can be traced back to where they came from and have authentic certifications. Don’t take our word for it; see for yourself!