The 8 Best Eco-Friendly Comforters of 2023

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Best Eco-Friendly Comforters

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A great addition to your bedding bundle is a fluffy, breathable, and durable comforter that is also hypoallergenic, free from toxins, and gentle on the environment. Warm bedding can also help save energy on cold nights, by allowing us to turn down the thermostat. But choosing the comforter that is right for you and Earth-friendly can be daunting. So, we’ve researched a wide range of comforters with a conscience across all budgets and sleeping styles.

Conventional cotton is touted as the dirtiest crop on the planet. Instead, we’ve selected comforters made from organic cotton, eucalyptus, bamboo fibers, and other eco-friendly materials. Some of our recommendations do contain down, which is natural, warm, and long-lasting, although some vegans prefer to avoid products with this material.

So, dive right into our list to find the best comforter for your bed.

Best Overall

Coyuchi Three Season Down Duvet Insert

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Three Season Down Duvet Insert

A lightweight duvet insert, this hypoallergenic comforter is versatile and luxurious. Use it as a quilt, sandwich it between blankets, or tuck it into a duvet cover, to be as snug as a burrito while you sleep. We like that this comforter’s outer cover is certified-organic cotton, while double-box stitching keeps everything in place and adds a lovely textural feel. The filling is 600-fill-power down produced in the United States.

It's nice and fluffy but isn't too heavy. However, if it does turn out to be the wrong weight for you, you have up to a year to exchange it. Packaged in a reusable organic cotton bag, you can pop this no-fuss comforter into the washing machine safely.

Coyuchi supports nonprofit 1% for the Planet, which facilitates environmental giving.

Price at time of publish: $498 for twin

Outer Material: 100% certified organic cotton | Fill Material: Down | Certifications: GOTS

Best Budget

Buffy Cloud Comforter

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Buffy Cloud Comforter

Courtesy of Buffy

Buffy's Cloud is a crowd favorite and has been described as soft as “whipped cream.” Another all-season comforter, the secret to its softness lies in the stuffing. It has layers of fluffy vegan filling made entirely from 50 recycled BPA-free PET bottles sourced from Estonia, making it a great choice for people looking to avoid down. Sewn with recycled polyester thread, the shell is made from Eucalyptus lyocell, an eco-friendly fiber sourced from wood pulp of regenerative forests in Austria and the Czech Republic.

Buffy offsets the planet-warming emissions associated with shipping its products from its factory to your doorstep. It offers a seven-night free trial, but it’s unlikely you'll want to return this hypoallergenic ball of fluff.

Price at time of publish: $149 for twin

Outer Material: Eucalyptus fiber | Fill Material: 100% recycled fiber | Certifications: OEKO-TEX

Eucalypso Dream Comforter

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Eucalypso Dream Comforter

Eucalypso

The Eucalypso Dream Comforter uses eco-friendly and biodegradable Tencel lyocell for both its cover and batting. Tencel is a fiber that's produced from responsibly harvested wood, and it known for its softness. For the cover fabric, the company uses the same proprietary "DreamWeave" fabric as its sheets, which are extra soft and cool to the touch.

The combination of cooling fabric and breathable, fluffy fill make this comforter a good option for people who easily overheat in their sleep. With a long list of third-party certifications, Eucalypso is working hard at sustainable manufacturing down-free comforters without synthetic fibers.

Price at time of publish: $260 for full/queen

Outer Material: Tencel lyocell | Fill Material: Tencel lyocell | Certifications: OEKO-TEX, Fair Trade, USDA Certified Biobased Product, Responsible Care, FSC

Best Down Alternative

Boll & Branch Down Alternative Duvet Insert

Comforter

Courtesy of Boll & Branch

This down alternative duvet from Boll & Branch is plush like a marshmallow. The outer shell of organic cotton is filled with a hypoallergenic vegan synthetic fiber that's similar to down's feather-like feel but vegan.

If you’re fed up with lumpy comforters, then this is the one for you. The baffle-box construction, where a thin fabric is sewn between two covers, evenly distributes the filling, traps air in clusters, and maintains a generous loft. It's made in the United States and comes in a bag made from recycled material. Boll & Branch offers a 30-night trial in case you change your mind. The company is committed to ethical business practices and brings out a detailed impact report that’s easily accessible.

Price at time of publish: $308 for full/queen

Outer Material: 100% organic cotton | Fill Material: PrimaLoft | Certifications: Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX, GOTS

Best For Cold

Coyuchi Winter Weight Down Duvet Insert

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Coyuchi Winter Weight Down Duvet Insert

 Courtesy of Coyuchi 

A warm comforter can help you stay warm and toasty in the coldest of winters without cranking up the heat in your home. Coyuchi's Winter Weight duvet is insulated with down, which is sourced from humanely raised ducks from an Indiana farm and is double-washed and carefully processed. With 600-fill-power down and some extra filling, it’s perfect for cold nights when you want that extra weight and insulation. Box-stitched, it keeps the down feathers evenly distributed to keep you snug.

The shell is made from 100% organic cotton from China. It comes snugly packed in a reusable, organic cloth bag. Committed to a closed-loop supply chain, Coyuchi's 2nd Home take-back program renews or recycles your discarded or donated bedding products. So, you can sleep warm and guilt-free all winter long.

Price at time of publish: $598 for twin

Outer Material: 100% organic cotton | Fill Material: Down | Certifications: GOTS

Best Lightweight

Ettitude Bamboo Comforter

Bedding Comforter

Ettitude

This fluffy duvet comforter has a PETA-approved vegan organic filling and is encased in a silky bamboo lyocell fabric shell that's also Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. The duvet is infused with eco-friendly antimicrobial bamboo charcoal, which is great if you suffer from allergies. It features loops in all four corners, to help attach a comforter cover.

It’s thermally-regulating and moisture-wicking, so you can enjoy a cool, sweat-free night of sleep. Ettitude packs its comforters in a reusable zippered bag–perfect for storing your comforter in the summer–made from recycled water bottles. The generous 30-day sleep trial is long enough to snuggle in and figure out if it’s for you.

Ettitude offers a range of choices, including winter and summer weights as well as multiple sizes. A portion of the bedding sales go towards environmental non-profit 1% for the Planet and it offsets the carbon emissions of its website.

Price at time of publish: $269 for full/queen

Outer Material: Bamboo lyocell | Fill Material: Bamboo fiber | Certifications: FSC, Climate Neutral, OEKO-TEX

Best Linen

The Citizenry Stonewashed Linen Quilt

The Citizenry Stonewashed Linen Quilt

The Citizenry

Available in over 10 different color options, The Citizenry's quilt can serve as a lightweight comforter all year. The cover is woven from French flax in a family-owned mill in Portugal, and all the products sold by The Citizenry are certified by the World Fair Trade Organization. Although we don't love that the filling is polyester, it is a vegan option for those who are looking to avoid down.

It's available in twin, full/queen, and king/California king sizes.

Price at time of publish: $275 for full/queen

Outer Material: Flax linen | Fill Material: Polyester | Certifications: OEKO-TEX, Fair Trade

Best Weighted

Bearaby Hugger

Bearaby Hugger

Courtesy of Bearaby

Research has found that sleeping under a weighted blanket promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety. Although it's not your typical comforter design, the weighted Bearaby Hugger is the blanket equivalent of a bear hug.

This chunky-knit blanket is made entirely from 100% organic cotton, which carries an array of trustworthy certifications: GOTS, OEKO-TEX, and Fair Trade International. Bearably recommends dry cleaning this blanket, but you can spot-treat it as needed. It's only available in a one size and comes with a 30-day trial period. However, our tester found that gravity can cause the weave of this blanket can stretch out, so be mindful of how you store it.

Price at time of publish: $369

Material: 100% cotton | Certifications: Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX, Fairtrade International certified

Final Verdict

If you're looking for an eco-friendly down comforter to use from fall through spring, we suggest Coyuhci's Three Season Duvet. If you're looking for a down-alternative, Buffy's Cloud Comforter could be the blanket for you.

What to Consider When Shopping for in an Eco-Friendly Comforter

Fill Type

A key consideration when shopping for an ethical comforter is what kind of filling—the stuff inside the comforter that makes it warm—is right for you. 

Many comforters use down. On one hand, down is not vegan. It’s typically made from the feathers of ducks that are raised for food, and has been associated with inhumane practices. On the other hand, down is very warm, natural, and can be composed or recycled at the end of your blanket’s useful life. If you do want a down comforter, look for ones that have a certification from Down Pass or the Responsible Down Standard. 

Polyester, or “poly fill” is a vegan option that’s commonly found in comforters, but this plastic-derived fiber isn’t eco-friendly. It’s essentially a by-product of the fossil fuel industry. 

More natural and plant-based alternatives include kapok (the fluffy seed pods from a tropical tree) and Tencel lyocell. 

Sustainable Certifications

Third-party certification organizations do the heavy lifting of ensuring that companies and products are manufactured in ways that are less harmful to people and the environment. When it comes to bedding, the two major certifications to look out for are OEKO-TEX and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). OEKO-TEX ensures that products are free from environmentally harmful chemicals, while GOTS certifies that fibers are grown using organic agricultural methods. 

Some bamboo products may be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which ensures that forests are not destroyed for the production of a product's fiber.

Why Trust Treehugger?

Here at Treehugger, we aim to demystify the process of shopping for eco-friendly products. We researched comforters to find ones with trusted third-party social and environmental certifications, and all our recommendations have at least one. That includes GOTS (which means that the textile is made from organic fibers), OEKO-TEX (meaning the product has been tested for harmful substances and is harmless for human health), and Fair Trade (indicating they're ethically made).

Author Neeti Mehra covers sustainability and also runs a platform that promotes slow and mindful living.

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