How do I… Stay warm (and green!) in bed this winter?
Winter is setting in, which means cold, dark evenings – and the need for the right doonas and blankets to keep warm.
|Keeping it green, as we like to do at Light Home, we’ve investigated some of the options to help you keep warm in bed and happy in the knowledge you’re also doing something positive for the environment and creating an eco home.
Eco-friendly doonas, alpaca doonas – and even green electric blankets. Read on to find out more.
Eco doonasGosford-based Bambi, which started as a family business over 30 years ago, specialises in eco bedding and has a great range of eco doona options.
Eco-friendly fibres used in their products include cotton, wool, plantation-grown bamboo, Ingeo™, which comes from corn, and Tencel®, a 100% new age fibre, made of wood pulp cellulose that comes from sustainable forestry plantations.
Bambi’s Ecorenew range of doonas includes several designed for chilly nights, such as the Ecorenew Ingeo™ and the Ecorenew Tencel®.
Be as warm as an alpaca
Alpaca wool is also being used to fill some of the warmest doonas on the market. The wool is light but packed full of some high insulation properties, making it one of the warmest bedding products available.
The Benbellen Country Retreat, on the NSW mid-north coast, produces alpaca doonas, selecting, combing and washing the wool before using it to fill the doonas.
Tathara Alpacas, in Victoria, also makes alpaca doonas and their standard doona has a thermal rating equivalent to three and a half blankets. But they also produce a ‘His & Hers’ quilted alpaca doona – one side with a thermal rating of three and a half blankets and the other with a thermal rating of five blankets – perfect for couples who can’t agree on how thick their doona needs to be!
Should you switch on the electric blanket?
Electric blankets make things super-cosy. But for the eco-conscious, there’s the obvious concern that plugging your blanket in all night is a bad use of electricity.
There are eco electric blankets out there to ease your conscience.
The Econo-Heat E-care low voltage electric blanket uses minimal electricity to keep your bed warm and cosy all night. It also turns itself off automatically if it’s left running for more than 10 hours.
Keep up with the green news
Read more about how to ‘green up’ your life and turn your house into an eco home on the Light Home Green Undressed news page.
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