Hemp duvets are quite rare but worth looking for if you want to support U.S. agriculture and have an odor-resistant duvet! Here’s a look at other pros and cons of hemp duvets.
- Sustainable, biodegradable material
- Thermoregulating and breathable
- Grown and made in the U.S.
- Hemp farming doesn’t require pesticides, fertilizers, or much water
- Hard to find
- Very firm, not fluffy
- Heavy and dense
- Can have a natural hemp smell, especially if wet
- Harder to clean
Hemp duvet – Benefits
Hemp duvets are a great choice if you like to sleep with a duvet in summer but want to stay cool while you snooze. That’s because hemp is one of the most breathable natural materials and actively wicks away moisture from your skin, releasing it when you air out your bedding the next day.
On a technical level, I learned recently that due to the structure of hemp fibers, this material has low conductivity and high thermal mass. Basically, that means your duvet won’t make you feel too hot or cold. Hemp is the goldilocks of duvet materials, and if you live somewhere hot and humid, or want a duvet that doesn’t hold onto odors, hemp is your friend.
This fiber is also naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, resists mold and mildew, and is a great choice for teens, the postpartum period, and menopause. I wish I’d had a hemp duvet when going through postpartum night sweats!
Hemp is also very environmentally friendly and effectively carbon neutral.
The downside of hemp duvets
Unfortunately, hemp duvets just aren’t that widely available. It can be a fairly expensive fiber to use to fill a whole duvet, but it’s certainly worth the investment if you live somewhere particularly humid.
Typically, you’ll want to look for a 300 gsm hemp duvet for summer or as an all-season option and a 500 gsm weight for winter.