When the weather turns cold, the smart get cozy. Instead of turning up the thermostat, do your part to contribute less carbon to the environment and toss a throw over your toes.
And of course, the socially- and environmentally-conscious among you are going to choose to get cozy under sustainable throws. Whether your concern is having a gentle footprint on the environment, choosing cruelty-free goods, supporting artisans and using fair-trade materials, or all of the above, we have got you covered with some of our favorites.
Cozy Sustainable Throws
A lightweight cotton throw is the workhorse of the cozy throws. It’s perfect for the bottom of the bed or on the back of the sofa when you just need a little bit of extra warmth to cover your toes or shoulders. Bonus points for choosing Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) organic cotton for a sustainable choice.
Faux fur combines the warmth and luxe of fur, but keeps the fur where it actually belongs--on the bodies of the animals to which it belongs. Keep your home animal-friendly, but super cozy even when there’s the latest winter storm raging outside.
Are you sensitive to wool, but appreciate its insulating properties? Consider hypoallergenic alpaca wool instead. A fair trade handwoven throw, like this one handmade by the Weavers of Huancavelica in Peru, can be as cozy as it is beautiful.
On the other hand, faux sheepskin is the perfect choice for those who opt to go wool-free for animal cruelty reasons. Made from man-made textiles--hence the faux--the fleecy texture provides a similar feeling to real stuff without harming any animals. Perfect for hibernating on the couch with a mug of tea or a glass of wine.
Another sustainable choice is throws made from recycled cotton. Recycled cotton, commonly referred to as regenerated cotton or reclaimed cotton, can be made from pre or post-consumer textiles. In2green makes eco-friendly textile goods from post-consumer t-shirt fabrics that are spun into cotton-blended yarns. Not only does this process reduce landfill usage, but it also requires no additional cotton dyes or chemicals.
For the ultimate indulgence, there’s nothing quite like a chunky knit throw to lounge under. This one is hand knit by a Peruvian master weaver using unspun wool and each one is one-of-a-kind and takes a full day to make. It’s also made exclusively in a fair trade environment.
Another option for wool lovers are throws made from recycled wool like this one from Faribault Woolen Mill Co, which is a fifth-generation family-owned business. This throw, perfect for the bed or the sofa, is made from a blend of new and recycled wool/nylon making it machine washable.
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