In our quest for eco-friendly lifestyle choices, we tried Ettitude’s new bamboo comforters for winter and summer.
Ettitude has recently launched a new collection of organic bamboo whitehaven comforters. An all-natural bedding alternative, these comforters are covered with a superfine bamboo fabric and embellished with a soft quilting design, so they can be used as-is or embellished with a fun duvet cover to match the mood of your room.
Ettitude was kind enough to send us a sample of their new comforters so we could give it a try, especially because we have been looking for nontoxic bedding alternatives for many years.
Why I Choose Natural Bedding
Let me start by saying that finding the right comforter is as much of an art as pure and sheer luck. For many years, I didn’t give much thought to what my comforters were made of, but since I started living a greener life I decided that I needed to make a change in that aspect. After all, we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, and it doesn’t make much sense to transition into a green life if you don’t take into account what you are breathing in while your sleep.
Yes, I truly mean it. Many modern materials include fire retardants, traces of pesticides and herbicides (hi, hi, cotton crops! I am talking about y’all!), and synthetic fillings that can be very well spread into the environment and breathed in. I am particularly concerned about the latter since my old duvet gave in and I found myself coughing up what seemed to be a blend of whitish fibers.
So I slowly started making changes in my bed. The first thing I invested in were new sets of organic cotton sheets. I would rather have just a couple of sets that I know are of good quality and will last me many years than accumulate a ton of sheets that could be harmful for me and the environment. I personally loved the Magnolia collection at Target, which includes several organic and OEKO-Tex certified options for reasonable prices (a Queen sheet set runs for about $35 a pop), and I recently discovered the wonders of organic bamboo Lyocell thanks to Ettitude (here is a link to my previous review of the Ettitude bamboo sheets, in case you are interested.)
Finding a Nontoxic Comforter Alternative
If you want to transition to a greener lifestyle, you have to be patient with yourself. With so many greenwashing claims going rampant, it is easy to fall prey of extremely well-written copy that means nothing.
One of my biggest pet peeves when transitioning into a greener lifestyle was my inner struggle with comforters. Back in Europe, I used to invest in a good traditional woolen blanket and be done with it. But they are impossible to find in the US, and too expensive to ship from Spain, so I bit the bullet and bought a duvet. I tried to find the most green option possible, but on my meager student’s salary back in the day, the best I could afford was a duvet from Ikea. And don’t get me wrong: It was an OK duvet, but sometimes I would find small pieces of feathers floating in the air and would worry that I could breathe them in. Nothing good comes from inhaling small particles.
So if you don’t want to use synthetic fiber fillings or cannot afford a high-quality feather duvet (or just looking for animal-friendly alternatives while you’re at it), what does a green girl gotta do?
Enter Ettitude’s new organic bamboo comforters.
My Experience with the new Ettitude Organic Bamboo Comforters
My personal experience with Ettitude’s new bamboo comforters couldn’t be better. I started trying the winter weight earlier in October (because, y’all, winter IS COMING!!), and I am now looking forward to colder days in which I can snuggle under the duvet. Yes, I do miss the days when the streets aren’t spitting out fire, thank you very much.
Bamboo is a versatile natural material that is perfect to cozy up for a glorious night’s sleep. As it is very breathable, it regulates temperature very well, is naturally antimicrobial (buh bye, dust mites that make me sneeze in the middle of the night!), and doesn’t contain any of the most common allergens.
For once, Ettitude’s winter duvet wasn’t extremely heavy. I personally like having a bit of lightness during my sleep so I don’t feel pinned down to my bed. And even if it looked a tad thin at first, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it was as warm as my beloved winter blankets, without the inconvenience of getting your better half tangled into them because they are too heavy for his taste. And here is the fun part: While the duvet was warm and toasty enough for me, it wasn’t extremely hot for my life companion, who didn’t wake up in a poodle of sweat. This means the material actually delivers on its thermo-regulating properties, and that is big for me.
I also liked very much the very thoughtful design, with holes in which you can tie the duvet cover to the actual comforter for the best fit and a hassle-free experience. Also, and unlike what happens with traditional feather duvets, Ettitude’s bamboo filling doesn’t seem to pile in clumps and leave parts of your body frozen. It is evenly distributed, which is an impressive feat considering it is designed to keep you warm in winter. It is truly a cozy paradise! Paired up with a good book (I am now reading The Goldfinch) and my favorite natural skincare from Taila and Magic Organic Apothecary, and I am ready to hibernate all winter long.
Finally, the comforter is actually certified by Oeko-TEX Standard 100, an independent certifying system for textiles that guarantees they are free from dangerous chemicals.
That sounds like a dream for a natural comforter. And here comes the best part: The pricing isn’t outrageous. Starting at $150 for the summer weight and $180 for the winter weight, the new Ettitude bamboo comforters are made to last and are a very reasonable investment.
If you are curious and want to check Ettitude’s comforters for yourself, you should know they come in two weights:
- The summer weight, with 200gsm filling.
- The winter weight, which I tested, with 400gsm filling.
They are sold online on Ettitude’s website. Snatch them while you can!
Do you have natural bedding in your home? Are you interested in creating a natural sleeping environment for yourself and your loved ones?