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5 ways to make your bedroom more eco-friendly.

Last Updated: February 7, 2022

Make your bedroom an earth-friendly haven with our five easy and sustainable tips, plus examples of eco-friendly products.

You’ve got a zero-waste kitchen, reusable grocery bags in your car, and an eco-friendly bathroom full of products that are good for you and the environment. But how do you make your bedroom an earth-friendly haven too?

Okay, maybe you aren’t that far along in your journey to save the planet, no judgment. But an eco-friendly bedroom still sounds pretty luxurious, right? Well we’ve got five great tips to make your bedroom a more sustainable place, plus examples of eco-friendly bedroom products for the ultimate peace of mind.

First, what does “eco-friendly” mean?

“Eco-friendly” is a major buzzword these days, and its meaning can get lost amidst the sea of green marketing terms.

Eco-friendly is used to describe anything that isn’t harmful to the environment, and the intent of these products is simple — to prevent air, land, and water pollution by using sustainable production methods and clean ingredients.

Being eco-friendly — or “going green” — could mean a number of things depending on your lifestyle. You could reduce your household waste, use less plastic, switch to a reusable drinking straw, or focus on collecting sustainable decor for your home — starting with your bedroom!

Read on for our five eco-friendly bedroom ideas that will upgrade your room and benefit the planet.

5 sustainable swaps for creating an eco-friendly bedroom

1. Choose eco-friendly bedding

Cotton bed sheets might seem like a good choice, but most cotton-growing practices aren’t sustainable. Cotton production degrades soil quality, and the runoff of toxic pesticides and fertilizers from growing cotton contaminates rivers, lakes, and wetlands. Yikes!

Look to bamboo, which is an eco-friendly alternative to cotton. This fast-growing plant is made of natural materials and doesn’t require fertilizer to grow, plus it regenerates from its own root system so replanting isn’t necessary.

Learn more about bamboo sustainability and check out our favorite picks for bamboo bed sheets below.

Ettitude Bamboo Sateen Sheet Set

If you’re looking for a set of bedsheets that aren’t just luxuriously smooth and comfortable, but that are also sustainably made, check out the Ettitude Bamboo Sateen Sheet Set.

These sheets feature a sateen weave constructed from bamboo in a closed-loop system that recycles and reuses water up to 200 times, so you can literally rest (on your new sheets!) knowing that you’ve helped reduce waste.

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Ettitude Bamboo Duvet Cover

Protect your comforter or duvet with Ettitude's silky-soft sateen weave duvet cover. Luxuriously soft and comfortable, it’s made with their exclusive, sustainable CleanBamboo™ fabric.

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Ettitude Bamboo Pillowcase Set

The silky-soft sateen weave pillowcase set is soft and comfortable against your skin, gentle on your hair and made with Ettitude's exclusive, sustainable CleanBamboo™ fabric for a restful night’s sleep.

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2. Scent your room with natural fragrances

An easy way to make your room more eco-friendly is to replace your candles and room sprays with naturally-scented alternatives.

Why, you might ask? Well, the artificial fragrances in conventional candles and sprays are full of chemicals like formaldehyde and phthalates that cause endocrine disruption, plus potentially toxic volatile organic compounds (or VOCs) and known carcinogens. Hard pass.

Instead, scent your bedroom with essential oil mists or candles made from natural waxes like soy and beeswax. Choose products that are crafted from recycled materials and that come with recyclable packaging. Your nose—and the Earth!—will thank you.

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3. Decorate with houseplants

Decorating your bedroom with eco-friendly houseplants is a great way to avoid buying new trinkets and wall decor that’ll just end up in the landfill the next time you decide to redecorate.

We dug around to find data that supports if houseplants can really purify your home. Spoiler: They can’t — but they can lessen stress and help reduce depression and anxiety!

We’ve gathered up a few of the best houseplants and indoor grow kits for a serious mood boost in your bedroom.

4. Use eco-friendly cleaners and laundry detergent

Eco-friendly cleaners aren’t just for the kitchen and bathroom! Get your bedroom spic ‘n’ span with green alternatives to conventional cleaning products like naturally-derived all-purpose cleaners, natural laundry detergents, and wool dryer balls.

Traditional cleaning products, like laundry detergent, are full of pollutants that can seep into freshwater ecosystems and affect the performance of wastewater treatment plants.

Conventional detergents are also harsher on your clothes and bed sheets and wear the fibers down more quickly than natural detergents. Longer-lasting bed sheets means fewer replacements and less waste.

Here are three eco-friendly cleaning products that’ll get your room clean, naturally.

Grove Co. Laundry Detergent Sheets

Our laundry detergent sheets are proven to have more powerful stain removal than other clean detergent sheet brands,* removing tough stains like grape juice, spaghetti sauce, and makeup without the mess of liquid detergents.

Eight out of 10 people who use the leading liquid detergent brand agree that our sheets met or exceeded their expectations for performance.

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Mrs. Meyers Multi-Surface Cleaner

This Mrs. Meyers Multi-Surface Cleaner is kitchen-counter worthy, but can also be used in bathrooms and other rooms with often-touched surfaces waiting to be cleaned.

Animal lovers will be happy to know it’s also vegan, 100-percent cruelty-free, and Leaping Bunny–certified. It’s made with essential oils and plant-based ingredients in the USA and is paraben-free and biodegradable.

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5. Give your vanity an eco-friendly makeover

Ditch the single-use products on your vanity and opt for reusable options instead.

Unlike many single-use items, such as plastic grocery bags and glass jars, the stuff on your vanity isn’t easy to use a second time. Can you imagine reusing a cotton swab or makeup remover wipe? No, thank you!

Fortunately, there are a ton of products available these days that make swapping out your old stuff with reusable alternatives super easy. At Grove, you can trust that all of the products we curate are created with only the good stuff.

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