Affordable Linens That Are As Conscientious As They Are Luxurious
For much of the last decade I’ve been sleeping on a collection of John Robshaw bedding that I’d amassed at annual sample sales during my tenure as a New Yorker. Since leaving NYC a few years ago my decadent sheets have become worn and freshening up my linen collection with an ecologically sound option, that can also compare to my luxury sheets, has not been easy.
After several failed attempts with brands sold on Amazon, I was thoroughly surprised by the quality of the 100% Organic Sheet Set by California Design Den. They’re not as heavy as what I’ve been used to with John Robshaw, but the quality of the fabric is positively crisp and cool, while simultaneously buttery soft. They have that feel that only high quality, pure cotton can have – silky smooth and breathable, without any of that slippery or sticky texture, characteristic of sheets made of poly or bamboo blends.
- Color: The Light Grey color I ordered is a beautiful steely grey with cool undertones. It is indeed light – as you can see in the photos above of the pillow cases (the duvet was from a different set).
- Pure Cotton: Although the thread count is not listed on the packaging, the fabric is made of pure organic long staple cotton.
- Environmentally Responsible Textiles: They are certified organic by The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and with Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX certification.
- Made in India: Their organic cotton is grown and woven in India.
- Sustainable Facility: They are produced in a LEED v4 GOLD Certified facility, which means less wasted resources like water and energy.
- Labor Practices: I asked California Design Den about Fair-Trade standards and although they are not Fair Trade USA certified, they sent along their current Workplace Conditions Assessment from U.K. based quality assurance provider Intertek. They scored 85-100% on fair labor practices, including wages & hours, health & safety and work environment.
- Eco Packaging: The sheets come in packaging made of thick unbleached paper, that doubles as both a cute and ecologically conscious choice – with little waste and no unbiodegradable materials to dispose of.
I recommend sticking with the 100% Organic Sheet Set when shopping with California Design Den. After falling in love with the organic sheets, I bought their non-organic duvet cover in hopes of having a matching set. But there were a number of issues with the non-organic (though OEKO-TEX certified) fabric, which lead me to returning the duvet: most importantly, it did not feel like the same high-quality cotton, the color did not match the Light Grey organic sheets and the stitching too was of a lower quality.
If my gorgeous Indian Block Print Pillows caught your eye, they were also an Amazon purchase. The company that makes these pillows, Eyes of India, promises to offer fair pay and a stable income for Indian artisans, and in particular for women. When buying inexpensive artisan-made goods online, it can feel a little opportunistic. But I feel better buying these pillows from a local Indian purveyor, than an international corporate retailer that is in all likelihood paying artisans much less, while charging consumers much more.
Now, as far as basic organic sheets are concerned – until I can splurge Coyuchi, I’m glad to have California Design Den to rely on. I can enjoy a restorative night’s sleep with these buttery soft sheets against my skin, while resting easy knowing that I’ve made a conscientious choice.