Switching to organic linen is an easy step you can take to a more sustainable lifestyle. Natural fibers such as cotton are often grown with pesticides and fertilizers that can harm the area’s farmers, workers, and wildlife. And because growing organic fiber is only the first step in production, truly organic leaves often follow strict environmental standards during the manufacturing process.
The Textiles Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute tests all types of linens for things like fabric strength, shrinkage after wash, crease-resistance, and more. We also use dozens of consumer testers to evaluate the softness of fabrics in a blind comparison. The upcoming picks are some of the best performing organic options in our test, as well as more recent organic plates from brands we love. We have confirmed that all of these choices are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which has strict guidelines for things like dyes and finishes throughout the manufacturing process.
Scroll to the bottom of this article for tips on making sure you’re really buying organic when you buy organic bed sheets, and be sure to check out our best organic pillow choices too. Here are the best organic sheets you can buy for your bed:
This Boll & Branch sheet set was one of the best in our lab testing, beating other certified organic options. The 100% cotton satin fabric was strong and generously sized, despite some shrinkage in the wash. These plates are certified fair trade. They are more expensive, but the quality and commitment to sustainability are worth it.
Percale is the best choice if you prefer light, crunchy leaves (as opposed to smooth satin). In addition to organic certification, they are Fair Trade and Made Safe certified, so you can be sure to buy from a brand with a focus on sustainability. They also performed well in our reviews: the fabric was strong and didn’t shrink much in the wash, and they were generously sized with a good fit on our test mattress. They weren’t as soft as satin fabrics, but that’s typical of percale.
Most “bamboo” leaves claim to be environmentally friendly, but in reality, chemicals are used to turn the bamboo plant into a viscose (ie rayon) fabric. aggressive. These sheets are unique in that they are made from bamboo lyocell, which follows a more sustainable process. Note that the plant growth is the only part here that is organic; bamboo cannot really be made organically. The fabric is much softer than cotton; some even call it “vegan silk” because it has the same kind of feel. However, it is also a bit more delicate and started pounding faster than typical cotton sheets.
Alterra Pure not only uses organic cotton but rather shares details of the entire supply chain on its website, including environmental and social aspects. Although organic cotton is only one hallmark of sustainability, this company focuses on many aspects at the same time. Keep in mind that the reviewers didn’t like the feel of the percale fabric as much as the others.
Flannel sheets are usually heavy cotton fabrics that are brushed to trap air, making you feel warmer. This organic cotton flannel from L.L.Bean is soft and comfortable, but not too heavy, so you can use it all year round if you prefer. L.L. Bean consistently performs well in our tests, and many reviewers swear these are the best flannel sheets they’ve ever tried.