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THE BEAUTY OF SUSTAINABLE SLEEP

Meet the sustainable bedding brands elevating bedtime…

How did you sleep? The question that has launched a thousand sleep apps and pillow sprays remains as relevant as ever, thanks in no small part to the unique stresses and strains of pandemic living, which have wreaked havoc on our circadian rhythms, and quality of shut-eye.

As sleeping habits have come into focus, our attention is turning to bedding. When we consider how much thought and research goes into our skincare routines (clean, science-backed, results-driven), clothing (sustainable, stylish, suitable), it’s hard to believe our bedding choices have remained unconsidered for so long. Consider this: we spend a third of our lifetime in bed, which means we spend a third of our lifetime lying on, against, and with these materials. Where and how they are grown, what kind of chemicals have been used to dye them and what kind of environmental impact they have had simply hasn’t been on the agenda – until now.

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Tekla only uses textiles without harmful substances, Oejo-Tex has their seal of approval and is used within their duvets and bedlinens.

NO TOXIC CHEMICALS AT TEKLA

Take Danish brand Tekla, whose architecturally inspired, Copenhagen-cool sleep staples have become an in-the-know bedroom mainstay. Their sleep collection consists of sumptuous linen bedspreads, impeccable percale and linen bedding, and slouchy sleepwear. Percale, a tightly bound weave style, is used with their 100% organic Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified cotton. As one of the world's best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is the seal of approval when it comes to things you're considering sleeping on. Being wrapped up in a beautifully designed duvet void of any harmful chemicals, both during crop cultivation and during production, is the ultimate sleep luxury as far as Tekla is concerned, and we rather agree. Clean as they are, Tekla’s offering is far from sterile – think super soft stonewashed sets in peppermint blues, raspberry pinks and lush Nordic greys. Tekla also boasts zero fabric waste, and offers insightful bedding care information to ensure every single, double or king piece stands the test of time.

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Himêya’s cotton is a rich, sustainable alternative, one that’s not only good for your health, but the planet’s too.

CONSCIOUS COTTON AT HIMÊYA

Himêya has also taken hypersomnia sufferers by storm. Founder Akanksha Himatsingka says, "I was compelled to create something that provides for a universe of better rest and care, with nurture and nature at its core. More importantly, to explore conscious manufacturing alternatives that are kinder to Earth." The result is a grown-up bedding selection, created using a sophisticated Track & Trace technology which monitors their cotton at every stage of the supply chain, assuring only the highest-quality fibres reach their mills. While cotton has long been cited as one of the world’s most destructive plants to grow, due to the high volume of water and pesticides needed to ensure its survival, Himêya’s organic cotton range is a rich, sustainable alternative, one that’s not only good for your health, its better for the planet’s too. From their carefully stitched indigo throws and uniquely patterned bedding, to the fact that 99.1% of the water used in their manufacturing is recycled, investing in a Himêya set guarantees a sound night’s slumber.

Brown Thomas became members of the Better Cotton Initiative in 2020, which make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in, and better for the sector’s future.

One of life's greatest pleasures remains waking up in a freshly made bed, after a deep, dreamful night's rest. Thanks to these sustainable offerings, sleep - and dreams - are about to get a whole lot sweeter.

LIE IN SUSTAINABLE LUXURY

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