Which material is best for bedding?

Which material is best for bedding?

Natural bedding is best.

Most sleep experts would agree that a bed made up with light layers of natural textiles would be recommended, due to their inherent qualities, such as feel, breathability and sustainability. Natural fibres last well, are better for you and for the environment.

Cotton, linen, and wool have a long history of being used as bedding. Traditionally beds were made up with cotton top sheets and layers of woollen blankets, adjusted seasonally. The popularisation of manmade fibres such as nylon and polyester in the 50s and 60s started to change the housewife's choice with advertising campaigns aimed at easing the heavy workload of laundering and cleaning a home. Then the popularity of the duvet/doona/comforter in the 70’s again transformed the time spent making up the beds and cleaning. This in turn provided another avenue for low-cost manufacturing of household goods made in polyester. 

Natural fibres are not all equal, and historically there have been some dubious business practises, such as the irresponsible use of pesticides, land management, water consumption and workers rights’ during processing. It is for this reason that new natural fibres should be tracible and certified.  

Microfibre is a popular fibre used in fast fashion and home furnishings. Microfibre is a fine polyester, sometimes mixed with nylon. These synthetic textiles are cheaper to manufacture than natural fibres such as cotton or linen and are often marketed as easy care. Polyester is derived from petroleum, and large amounts of energy and chemicals are used in production. Studies have shown that polyester like many other micro plastics are not biodegradable or compostable, additionally during their life the tiny fibres they shed end up in our water systems and floating about in our natural environment.  

They will be in the air you breath as you work or sleep, in the rivers, seas and land, causing harm to all animals who inadvertently ingest them, and consequently end up in our food chain. Therefore, microfibre can be considered a pollutant during manufacture, life use and end of life. Natural fibres such as organic cotton, wool or cashmere guard hair will fully decompose within a few months, returning elements such as nitrogen, sulphur and magnesium back into the soil for future plants to feed from. 

We encourage consumers to make educated choices and invest in long lasting items, even heirloom pieces rather than adding to the throw away consumer culture. Reuse existing textiles within the home rather than sending them to landfill. 

AVA INNES bedding is made from all-natural fibres. In our duvets we use a unique blend of cashmere guard hair and Scottish wool, encased in pure organic cotton, and made in the UK.

We source wool from the Scottish Borders and traveling under 200miles the wool is cleaned sorted and made in Yorkshire, making the best pillow and keeping our carbon footprint down .

Our bedding is an investment in yourself and the future.  

You can sleep easy in the knowledge that your Ava Innes bedding is good for you and the environment.