Oriane and I are super selective when it comes to our living spaces and homes. We love having cozy and comfortable rooms where we can practice all of our self care rituals. After successfully downsizing our bathroom staples, we’ve made it to our bedrooms this year. Although we do have different styles (I’m a die-hard minimalist), we both made a lot of effort to make our spaces as sustainable as possible. Sometimes, small things can change a lot in terms of sustainability. Here are 5 easy swaps and things that you can do to keep your bedroom’s footprint on the down low.
When buying a new duvet for your bed, it’s important to consider many things. For example, down duvets are made from duck feathers, which isn’t a cruelty-free industry. On the other hand, polyester fillings are very polluting to the ocean if not carefully discarded. Another important thing is to understand where your bedding was made, is it from ethical production? We have found the brand that masters all of these aspects. Zizzz, a Swiss brand dedicated to making eco bedding products from natural, European materials. They use Swiss ethical and cruelty free wool to make their duvets. The brand’s mission is to use no polyester. Nice ! We got to try their bed cover and let us say it was a dream.
Even though sleeping naked has proven health benefits, it’s pretty cold here in Switzerland and we wouldn’t make it through winter without a nice pair of pyjamas ! A lot of you have asked for a selection of ethical PJ brands so here it goes. Our favorite european brand in Noctu Organic. They make their loungewear with organic cotton, which is healthier for your skin and the planet. We love the selection of night gowns that are comfy yet super cute. We’re also big fans of Underprotection, a danish underwear and loungewear brand that makes super hot PJ’s and undies.
For sustainable bedding, we have two main staples. In summer, we wrap our beds in linen bedding. A cool swiss brand called Naughty Linen is one of our favorite sustainable picks. In the winter though, we prefer cotton sheets that have a warm feel. We tried the Zizzz sheets for the first time (with our new duvet) and we just can’t wait to get back to them. Made from organic cotton satin, they’re soft, warm and super cozy. The colour matches our bedroom vibes: creamy ivory.
Instead of buying new furniture, look into antique and second hand options ! Seriously, they’re a hundred times prettier than mass produced items. Plus, did you know that China may be causing deforestation in Africa to produce cheap furniture for us? When it’s cheap, some one somewhere is paying, and it’s often nature. Reusing and up cycling will always be the most sustainable option. There is little to no environmental cost to it, plus, it’s so fun to find the perfect gem.
This one is a classic, but saving electricity is a very important aspect to any ecological journey. Although electricity is presented as a clean energy source, it is most commonly generated using nuclear energy. Plus, saving is always better than wasting. Did you know that by changing just your light bulbs you could save 25 – 80% energy? It’s definitely a small swap that can mean a lot at the end of the year. Plus, you can find eco light bulbs in every hardware store.
Adding plants to any environment can be beneficial for your health and well-being. Not much has been studied about how humans and plant benefit each other, but it does go beyond what we can imagine. For now, we’ll stick with the usual advantages: less stress, better concentration, healing and mood. Scientists also found that just like humans, plants can feel and receive thoughts, so make sure you talk to them (telepathically or not) daily !
This is a tricky one, but lowering your heater under 19 degrees is a great way to reduce your impact and be healthier. We’re firm believers that lowering the heater can help you get sick less often by boosting your immunity and your metabolism. You will also sleep better and prolong the life of the plants we were talking about above. Our heating systems are run with fossil fuels so obviously it takes up a big part of our carbon footprint.
Transparency notice: this article was sponsored by Zizzz. Although we sometimes sponsor our articles, we do so in a mindful way, choosing only brands that we would personally buy ourselves.