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I hate shopping, yet having changed the size of my bed it would be really nice to have bedding that fit the new bed! In this country 'standard' bedding would be a synthetic duvet and polyester cover. I also want an awkward size- superking isn't very common here! And relatively light, 4.5-7.5tog (standard here is about 13).

I really hate trying to trawl through shops and understand what their products are made from! A 'sustainable cotton duvet' where the cotton is just the cover, and inner is made from siliconised plastic- that just handily isn't mentioned at all. Or a 'cloud bamboo duvet' that is 50% bamboo and 50% suspect 'nano microfibres'.

Some maybe reasonable options I have found so far (I'm in the UK so the exact links might not be useful to everyone, but I was hoping this would be a more general resource for what is available)

- Duvet inner made from recycled plastic bottles.
https://www.soakandsleep.com/revival-recycled-duvet.html
Unfortunately it doesn't seem to itself be recyclable. Cheap and cheerful. Home-washable. Poly cover though (yuck).

- Bamboo
https://www.wearthlondon.com/eco-bedding/cloud-bamboo-duvet
50% bamboo and 50% suspect "nano-microfibre"

- Made from cleaned and recycled down
https://www.soakandsleep.com/redown-recycled-duvets.html
Stops the down going to landfill, likely to last a long time, compostable at end of life
I think my cats would like this a bit too much....

- Alpaca wool duvets
https://theoldkennels.co.uk/alpaca-products/
Having slept under these- they are amazing! And though expensive they're entirely worth the money. Though not affordable for me right now.

- Sheeps wool
https://www.thewoolroom.com/classic-wool-duvet-light-0102classlight2020/
In my case, 100% British sheeps wool and a cotton cover

Anymore options you can think of? Any yucks about the option I have found that I haven't though of?


Cover wise it is easy enough to get organic, fairtrade cotton, bamboo or hemp sheets and duvet covers (and in dark colours to hide the cat hair!)
 
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I have a 20 year old feather duvet with a cotton cover. I'm very pleased with it, and keep a cotton cover on it.  At the end of the season, before i put it away, I wash in the washing machine, throw it in the dryer on low/air dry with some balls to dry it.  

I've considered buying duvets with wool or silk filling, but they are pricey... I have had no issues with cats and feather duvets (other than them hogging it)!

I also have a feather pillow - these need to be replaced a bit more often, I think, but mine is 4 years now. I'd consider wool filled pillows too.

For summer, I have 100 % cotton blankets and a cheap down and feather with cotton cover duvet I bought from Ikea.
 
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You might try a search for "Koni duvet insert" as they seem to offer a 15% White Duck Down/85% Feather Fill, 100% Cotton Shell.

They seem to be available here in the US for a reasonable price at many locations.  I saw them on ebay

The ones I saw on Amazon were polyester.

Here is their website:

https://www.konihospitality.com/
 
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I hate synthetic fabrics, always have always will, since moving to a colder climate it has been a real task to find blanket or comforter or quilt made entirely out of natural materials, finally found stuff at a store in the mall in the city 60 miles away. the prices start at about $250 us for a blanket and quilts go up to about $1500us. its not cheap that's for sure. I don't have a lot of trust in online sources, I got a 100% wool blanket several years ago and it was infested with some sort of chiggers or bugs that were no fun at all, that blanket was sent to the landfill after attempts to clean it with boric acid powder and bleach in the wash failed to kill the critters.
 
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Catie George wrote:I have a 20 year old feather duvet with a cotton cover. I'm very pleased with it, and keep a cotton cover on it.  At the end of the season, before i put it away, I wash in the washing machine, throw it in the dryer on low/air dry with some balls to dry it.  

I've considered buying duvets with wool or silk filling, but they are pricey... I have had no issues with cats and feather duvets (other than them hogging it)!

I also have a feather pillow - these need to be replaced a bit more often, I think, but mine is 4 years now. I'd consider wool filled pillows too.

For summer, I have 100 % cotton blankets and a cheap down and feather with cotton cover duvet I bought from Ikea.



I hadn't really thought of wool- but I've now added it to my list- British wool seems quite easy to come across (not surprisingly!)
 
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