Organic cotton can be a fantastic material for duvets, especially if you like a little weight to your comforter or duvet insert. Here are the pros and cons of cotton duvet inserts and comforters.
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- Soft but firm feel
- Can be less expensive than down, wool, and other duvet options
- Grown and made in the U.S. (in some cases)
- Sustainable, biodegradable material
- Hard to find (usually just an organic cotton cover)
- Harder to clean and dry
- Can be heavy
- Prone to flattening (doesn’t maintain loft easily)
- Organic cotton certification is riddled with fraud
- Not as insulating as down and wool
Organic cotton duvets and comforters – Benefits
An organic cotton comforter can be relatively inexpensive, easy to find, and great for warmer weather and hot sleepers who like a little weight to their bedding but not too much insulation.
Organic cotton comforters are also fairly easy to find in a variety of colors and patterns. This makes it easy to switch up your bedroom aesthetic in one quick move.
And because cotton isn’t lofty, a cotton duvet insert of comforter is a nice choice if you prefer bedding that doesn’t look too fluffy, or if you have a smaller size duvet cover you absolutely love but that won’t work with a high-lift down or kapok duvet.
Another plus for organic cotton comforters is that they can be made entirely in the U.S. using certified USDA organic cotton also grown in the U.S. This makes an organic cotton comforter much more sustainable in terms of carbon emissions than a comforter made with wool, kapok, or other fill that comes from overseas.
The downsides of organic cotton duvets and comforters
Many eco-friendly duvets have organic cotton covers, but it’s rare to find one made with organic cotton fill too. This is likely because organic cotton duvets are usually heavier and feel firmer than most people like or are familiar with.
A cotton duvet is not like a down or polyester duvet. Cotton isn’t lofty and is prone to flattening over time. This means a cotton comforter or duvet is best as an extra layer in winter or as a thinner, lighter summer duvet rather than as an all-season solution.
It’s also harder to wash and dry a cotton duvet as the fiber holds onto water very well. If you don’t fully dry the cotton, your duvet can develop mold and mildew. Again, this means that thinner, lighter cotton duvets are best, rather than bulkier options with more fiber fill.