Overhauling the way you wash your duvet to be more sustainable can be one of the easiest ways to start enjoying a greener life! It's the simplest changes like washing your bedding that help lower your carbon footprint. With a world battling pollution, taking small steps to become more sustainable is sure to better our lives and the lives of future generations. Not much has to change to make a difference. Keep reading to find out how to wash your duvet in an eco-friendly way.
Tips on How to Wash Your Duvet in an Eco-Friendly Way
Wash Your Bedding In Cold Water
If you want to reduce your energy usage, a simple way to do this is to wash your bedding in colder water - 40 degrees is just about right. It can reduce your energy by up to 80%! This is because alongside being more eco friendly, a cold wash requires less energy, meaning it could also lower your bills - it's a win, win. Plus, a cold wash also reduces wrinkling in fabric, making sure those lovely bed sheets will cause less stress when it comes to ironing. So long as you don’t have allergies or dust mites; if that case, 60 degrees will be better at killing germs.
Using an Eco-Friendly Detergent
Washing your bedding in an environmentally friendly way can be as simple as switching from conventional detergent to eco-friendly detergents. While non-eco detergents contain chemicals and additives that can be harmful to humans and animals while polluting surrounding areas, eco-friendly detergents contain natural and organic ingredients. This means they are much less likely to damage your beautiful bedding and are entirely safe and effective while also less harmful to the environment. Eco-friendly detergents mean less wear on the duvet, it also means they stay in top condition for longer and have a longer life cycle. One of our favourite brands is Ecoegg. They are small reusable eggs that can be refilled with fresh detergent pellets and used time and time again.
Washing synthetic fibres means that thousands of tiny, microscopic pieces of plastic can be released into the water system. As these microfibres are too small to be filtered out in waste treatment plants, they end up in oceans, rivers and lakes which damage the environment! In fact, there are over 51 TRILLION microplastics that litter our ocean.
That's why using an eco-friendly duvet which doesn't have harmful microfibres can reduce the impact you have on the environment when doing your laundry. Are you struggling to find an eco-friendly luxury duvet? Here at The Fine Bedding Company, there was no detectable microfibre loss in any of the wash cycles in our Spundown Duvet and the Night Owl Duvet. Not only this, but they are incredibly cosy and comfy too!
Using a Washing Line Instead of a Tumble Dryer
Tumble dryers are the second most energy-consuming device in a typical household, so alternative ways to dry your duvet will have a significantly less environmental impact. Drying your duvet on a washing line not only reduces your carbon footprint but also means that your duvet lasts longer in its luxury condition, which means you won't have to buy a new duvet any time soon. It is estimated that a tumble dryer emits over a ton of CO2 a year! Not only do you reduce your environmental impact from switching to a washing line, but you also can save huge amounts on reduced electricity costs.
Frequency of Washing Your Duvet
Here at Fine Bedding Company we are all about the science, which is why we have conducted a poll on how often people wash their bedding. We found that 28% never wash duvets/pillows, 39% every few months, 25% once a year, and 9% every couple of years. With the nation washing their bedding in varying degrees, who is doing it correctly? We recommend washing your bedding every 6 to 12 months. This will keep your bedding feeling fresh and clean, without overdoing it.
When being eco conscious with your bedding it is also important to consider its longevity. Buying a good quality duvet will mean that it washes well and can bounce back wash after wash. This durability will mean you have to replace it less frequently, saving your bedding from ending up in landfill.
We hope this has answered your questions on how to wash your duvet in an eco-friendly way. Make sure to take a look at our blog on our five easy ways to be sustainable at home.