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Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Eco-Friendly Duvets And Lifestyle*

When you are wondering what to do to improve your nightly sleep, it may be worth taking some time to consider your bedding and investing in a new duvet.

But where do you begin, a duvet is not just a duvet is it a life choice too?

You may also be wondering about buying a duvet for your children too. However, it is recommended that duvets are only suitable from the age of 12 months of age. It would help if you researched the suitability for your child to ensure that they do not get too hot.

There are so many puzzles to try and get your head around regarding what tog numbers are. Do you need a winter or summer weight duvet? 

Then there is the issue with do you go for a duck, goose down or fibre filled. You may end up feeling like giving up, with it all.

What is the Difference Between Duck, Goose Down and Fibre-Filled Duvets?

The difference between Duck, Goose Down and Fibre-filled duvets, varies dramatically. 

Goose down is generally larger and more robust than duck down-filled duvets, and goose down has a 100% fill factor. Duvets filled with goose down are usually better quality as the feathers of geese are larger, than those of ducks. 

The most widely purchased duvets are down, or feather-filled duvets, plus many of these are both durable, washable and biodegradable. Feathers have a better thermal insulation than synthetic human-made fibres. 

Vegan and Eco-Friendly Duvets

If your vegan or want to maintain your eco-friendly lifestyle, you may want to invest in a vegan or eco-friendly. There are a few alternatives, for example:

British Wool

  • It has certified 100% British Wool.

  • Breathable and temperature regulating.

  • Anti-bacterial and resistant to dust mite.

  • 100% responsibly sourced.

  • Sustainable viable.

Alpaca Fibre

  • Certified 100% British alpaca.

  • Long fibres create a super luxuriously, drape and feel.

  • Resistant to dust mite and anti-bacterial.

  • 100% natural and responsibly sourced.

  • Eco- friendly and sustainable.

Botanic Fibre

  • 100% plant-based fibre.

  • Anti-bacterial, moisture-wicking and breathable.

  • 100% natural and sustainable.

  • Registered by The Vegan Society

Mulberry Silk Fibre

  • Responsibly sourced

  • Mulberry silk fibres

  • Temperature regulating.

  • Breathable

  • Very soft with a luxurious drape.

  • 100% sustainable.

What is Tog Value?

A Tog value determines how warm or how cool your duvet is, it is also a unit referring to the amount of body heat can be retained by the duvet. As many people think it doesn’t refer to how light or how heavy the duvet may be. A lightweight duvet or a heavyweight duvet will still keep you warm.

It is all dependant on the level of warmth and feel-good factor when enveloped in your duvet on a cold winters day. 

Here is a little more information on how duvet tog values work:

  • Cool - 3 or 4.5 Tog - this rating indicates that the duvet is lightweight, suitable for the summer months. This type of duvet only traps a little portion of the heat.

  • Medium - 9.0 and 10.5 tog - duvets of this tog are excellent for an all-around year use. This tog value indicates that you can use this weight of duvet from spring to autumn.

  • Warm - 13,5 tog - this indicates warm and cosy, ideal for those winter chills.

  • Four Seasons - 13.5, 4.5, and 9.0 tog - this weight of duvet is perfect all around the year usage. The two duvets can be used separately, for summer, spring to autumn and then locked together again for the winter.

Living an Eco-Friendly Life 

You can live an eco-family life on a budget, that is also child friendly.

Learning about living an eco-friendly lifestyle can make a huge difference whatever age that you are, but starting when you are a child can grow minds that genuinely care for the planet and who are more willing to do all you can to slow climate change.

You can start by helping your family make sustainable choices, and develop good habits that support your environment. By standing firm and be earth kind and friendly, your family will be helping to reduce the carbon footprint.

Follow these steps to take those to a greener life:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Teach your family the 3 Rs from an early age. Reduce your waste and the number of resources you buy. Reuse items in your home from tin cans, plastic bottles, wood and items such material can all be reused. Recycle furniture, garden waste, toys, clothes they can all be repurposed to make something new.

Be an energy saver

Teach your children to off lights and gadgets when not in use. You can use natural light in your home and conserve energy and heating by wearing extra clothing layers before you opt to turn the heating on in your home.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

You could consider doing a car share with another parent and take it in turns, taking both of your children to school in just one vehicle. However, the most eco-friendly way would be to walk to school if at all possible, this way you can incorporate all kinds of the element of play into your trip to school and make it a fun learning experience for both you and your children. 

Grow Your Own Food 

You could create a family garden, and show your children how to grow vegetables and simple fruit. Your children will have so much fun and so will you. By growing your food you are also teaching your children about nature, ecology, biology and chemistry, wg=hich will help them in their education too. 

You Can Do It Too

There are many things that you can do as a family to keep warm, from snuggling up under toasty duvets to following an eco-friendly lifestyle, that not only supports your family but also lovingly supports the planet and your families natural environment. You can include your family pet too. 

By being mindful, you will create conscious individuals who will carry on an eco-friendly journey with their own families.

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