How I Gave Our Room a Detox and Makeover by Sarah Olsen
Before we moved to our current home, we lived in downtown Los Angeles in a loft apartment with a bed on the floor, books as our nightstands, and a few bits of furniture we pieced together from an outlet store. Eric and I have been together for over 12 years. We eat clean, buy organic foods, and use organic products. When we moved into our current home and became pregnant with our oldest son, Wyatt, we changed all of our mattresses out for Naturpedic organic mattresses and pillows.
After redoing a house, buying new furniture and preparing for our baby, the one area we had not changed was our linens and towels. We had organic mattresses and bedding for Wyatt when he had a crib, but we stuck with our linens as we were trying to save money and it felt like something we could change down the line. Five years later and an afternoon of the kids wrestling with each other on my bed our duvet ripped right down the middle, and I realized we were way overdue for something new.
Because we have worked to detoxify our home we opted to look for organic bedding. It’s not easy to find GOTS and fair trade certified organic linens. If you are like me, when you start researching this stuff you go way down a rabbit hole of information. So I learned very quickly toxins are everywhere and some brands will make bedding from organic cotton but then treat it with chemicals to achieve a look or feel that they want.
Here are a few things I learned. This is a symbol you want to look for.
This is from their website.
“The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognized requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. Textile processors and manufacturers are enabled to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets.”
I reached out to a friend of mine who is an interior designer (she helped us with our offices at bāeo), Studio K Design and she gave me the name of a couple of brands that she loves. One of them, Coyuchi, stood out to me and here is why:
“Whether sourcing the highest quality organic materials, or piloting Coyuchi for life, we have an uncompromising commitment to minimally processed fibers and adhere to strict manufacturing processes such as GOTS and Fair Trade USA standards.”
“Although we began with organic textiles, we are rigorously committed to doing our homework every day, learning and living by the newest standards and most responsible processes, including a zero waste water recycling method engineered by one of our most innovative partners.”
I ordered some things for my room our bathroom and Wyatts room and I was blown away by the beauty and quality of this line.
Just a few changes and our room looks totally different. It doesn’t actually take much to give your room a makeover. A new duvet can change everything.
Our bathroom is one of my favorite parts of our home and the new towels are the perfect finishing touch.
Wyatt’s Naturpedic bed is now covered in these organic blankets (he chose pink and grey) and he says they are so snuggly and soft.
I think with anything, it’s important to do the research. You should know what chemicals are in your mattress, your linens and your clothes. It makes me so happy to crawl into this cozy chemical free bed every night. Sweet dreams.