Investing in quality ethical and sustainable bedding is one of the best things we can do for our health and wellbeing. Think about it, we spend at least a third of our lives in bed. So investing in bedding which can support quality sleep is a great idea and one which will have a big positive impact on other areas of your life when you're not resting!

It's also important to keep things out of landfill! One of the easiest things we can all do to be more environmentally friendly is to make the bedding we already have last longer. If you know how to properly care for your bedding well, it can last you for many years, benefitting both you and the environment.

Here are a few ways to make your bedding last longer:

  • Air your bed. Pulling back the covers when you first get out of bed is an easy way to make your bedding last longer. This helps the moisture that’s built-up in your bed to evaporate. Give your mattress and bedding another airing when you change the sheets by stripping the bed completely and leaving it a while to freshen before making again. Airing outside when it’s sunny is a great way to freshen things up.
  • Turn your mattress regularly. Help your mattress stay comfy for longer and the fillings stay distributed evenly by using each side of the mattress regularly. 
  • Protect your bedding. Using duvet, pillow and mattress protectors you will  keep your bedding fresher and cleaner for longer and launder your bedding when necessary, so that it lasts longer. Using professional capacity washers and dryers for your duvets, toppers and pillows will keep them at their best. And always make sure the fillings are bone dry before using your duvet and pillow to avoid clumping of fibres which makes them uncomfortable. 
  • Use the right detergents. Washing your bedding with the wrong products can damage them. Always follow the wash-care advice on the labels. Avoid using fabric bleach as this can damage the fibres in your bedding.

When you are done with your bedding, remember to consider a recycling scheme for your old mattress and when it comes to your pillows, duvets and linens, find out if a local homeless charity could donate them or an animal recue centre could repurpose them? What could you upcycle your linens to within your own home even? Keeping your products in the best condition possible to extend their use time and then keeping them out of landfill and repurposed for as long as possible is evironmentally friendly!