Lately I have really noticed a shift towards people wanting to live much more ethically within their own home. Showers and white goods that save water have been around for a good while now, while the introduction of new technology has meant that we can get much more of a grip on how much energy we are using (and money we are spending). However, things seem to be taking a bigger step towards purchasing homeware products that are re-usable, recyclable and cruelty-free. Last month at the Ideal Home Exhibition interior designer extraordinaires 2LG created a 'love/work' space that encompassed the use of vegan leather and worktops made of recycled yogurt pots. The result was impeccably sexy and stylish, a million miles away from what could be considered by some as a 'hippy-chic home'.
As someone who wholly supports this move to better sustainability, yet still demands that products remain of great quality and style, I was intrigued when Debenhams asked me if I wanted to review one of the new products that they are selling - the Eco Duvet produced by The Fine Bedding Company. I was informed that the duvet was made from 100% recycled materials (there was to be around 120 plastic bottles making up the micro fine filling of my 10.5 tog duvet.) The packaging is also made from completely 100% recycled materials, which pleased me no end as I take delivery of multiple furniture and homeware products all the time that come wrapped in a ton of bubble-wrap and polystyrene and it makes me feel extremely guilty.
True to their word the duvet arrived in a cardboard box, then was protected with a recyclable bag which was also made from recycled materials. This was great, but I have to admit I was sceptical on the duvet. How on earth can you have a nice warm, soft, breathable duvet that is made from plastic bottles? It made no sense. You wouldn't believe it, but the Eco Duvet in reality did not stand out as different at all. In fact, it felt rather luxurious. I expected it to feel a bit rough, a bit woolly, lumpy in places, perhaps? The word 'eco-duvet' bringing to mind ideas of rough synthetic grey coloured fibres heavily compressed together in a scratchy outer lining. This couldn't be further from the light, soft-to-touch duvet that I dressed my bed in. I have no idea how they do it at all, but according to the side of the box the very tiny recycled fibres are layered on top of each other to create the 'weightless warmth'.
The creators of this Eco Duvet are not new on the scene to making duvets, which is probably why this design works so well. The Fine Bedding Company, a fourth-generation British business who wholly admit to investing millions into the technology side, would be well aware of what makes a great duvet. I would also imagine that they would not make a product that would damage the rest of their brand. It's no wonder that Debenhams, one of the UK's high street leaders, are stocking the Eco Duvet which meets peoples requirements for more sustainable living, while not lacking on quality and durability.
The Eco Duvet comes as a single, double, king and super king and is hypoallergenic. If the fact the duvet is made from 100% recycled materials with 100% recyclable packaging isn't enough, then how about learning that the duvet is even made in a Eco factory using renewable energy, and you can wash it at 30 degrees?
I've used the Eco Duvet now for a good few weeks and it is lovely to sleep in. It's light without feeling 'thin'. It is amazing to think I am actually sleeping under 120 plastic bottles!!
If you need a new duvet and fancy a guilt-free purchase, then the Eco-Duvet is currently on sale at Debenhams with 20% off the usual retail price!
* This post is a paid collaboration with Debenhams who asked if I would like to try out the Eco Duvet in exchange for an honest review. I would never put products in my home (let alone sleep in them!) if I did not think they were of good quality, nor try and convince you otherwise. This post also contains affiliate links.