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.
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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.
Get it for $100-$200 at West Elm.
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.
Get it for $155 at The Citizenry.
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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.
Get it for $119 at Pottery Barn.
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.
Get it for $395 from The Citizenry.
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