When it comes to bedding, making sure that you buy sustainable fabrics is great for the planet and can mean better pay for farmers and a comfier bed for you. Using high-quality vs synthetic fabrics can also mean your bed will be a silky smooth cloud, ready for the best night's sleep. In this article will look at what makes a sustainable fabric and what makes it so soft.
What Is The Softest And Most Sustainable Bedding Fabric
What Makes A Fabric Sustainable?
There are many things to consider when looking at sustainable fabrics. It isn't just about what the fabric is made with but also how it's sourced, grown and produced. Do the farmers get treated fairly and get paid properly?
Another aspect of whether a fabric is sustainable is if it's biodegradable because bedding doesn't last a lifetime and is often replaced after a few years.
When picking a fabric for our bed linen at The Fine Bedding Company, we wanted to ensure it ticked all the sustainability boxes. We sourced our cotton through Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), the world's most extensive sustainable cotton program. It focuses on training farmers to produce cotton more sustainably, which is better for the planet.
What Is Thread Count And Why Does It Matter
So now we have figured out that BCI cotton is the most sustainable fabric; how soft is it?
Thread count measures the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric. Essentially, it measures how tightly woven a piece of fabric is. The thread count usually shows how soft the fabric will feel, with a higher thread count feeling more luxurious and cosy.
Because of the higher amount of threads in the sheet, more cotton is used. Which generally means a higher price. But if you ask us, it's worth it. Nothing feels better than climbing into a silky smooth bed after a long day. Especially one that's made with our 100% BCI Cotton sheets, perhaps even with a 400 thread count!
Why Is Cotton The Best?
There are many reasons why buying cotton sheets is the best option for your bedding, not only because the cotton is sustainable sourced, as discussed above. But because it has other great qualities, such as:
- It's Breathable - Because cotton is a natural material, when woven into bed linen offers excellent breathability, unlike some synthetic fabrics. So when it's a hot night, all the heat from your body can escape, meaning you stay cooler and more comfortable.
- It's Good For Sensitive Skin - Cotton is naturally hypoallergenic, so it doesn't affect allergies and won't cause irritation or itchiness, so you'll get a great night's sleep.
- It's Easy To Maintain - Contrary to popular belief, cotton is relatively easy to maintain with the modern washing machines we have in our homes. It's best to avoid mixing with other non-cotton materials and wash it by itself if possible.
- It Lasts A Lot Longer - Whilst cotton linen typically comes with a higher price tag, it's worth considering not only the sleep quality improvements but also the fact they last almost twice as long as any man-made alternatives. So over the long term, you won't be replacing it as often.
Hopefully, you're convinced never to return to other fabrics and dive right into cotton linen. Once you go cotton, you'll never go back. Jumping into a cotton bed for the first time will make you realise why hotel beds are always so silky smooth. Make sure to check out our full range of sustainable bedding and all of your other bedroom needs.
We take pride in offering responsibly sourced, softest linen, so be assured anything you order from The Fine Bedding Company is nothing shorter than the best.