December 7, 2010

Eco-Friendly Blankets To Keep You Warm This Winter

The chilly nights and mornings of December mean it's time to swap, or perhaps layer, our fall blankets with something heavier. As always, I look to eco-friendly options and fortunately there's no shortage of beautiful, colorful, and cozy blankets made from materials that are organic, recycled, and responsibly sourced.

Pictured above are SDH Legna and Lambswool Blankets woven in Italy. Available from Kushtush Organics, the blankets contain 83% legna and 17% wool. Legna (pronounced lay-nyah) is a relatively new wood fiber created in Italy as an eco-friendly alternative to the cotton industry. It's harvested from managed forests using a closed-loop process that continuously recycles 99.6% of the bleach-free solvent and the water used to make this fiber. Legna has received the European Union Technology Award for Sustainable Development.

At left, a Seasons of Wool Sweater Blanket. This one-of-a-kind blanket is made from re-purposed, felted cashmere and lambswool sweaters. At right, Derwent Blankets made in Australia from recycled Australian Merino wool from offcuts and textile surplus and polyester yarn made from recycled plastic bottles.

Above, cozy Coyuchi Striped Wool Blankets. Coyuchi is known for their commitment to eco-friendly and fair trade textiles, and these blankets are made from wool produced by "sheep pastured in the cool mists of Canada."  

At left, Gaiam Organic Cotton Fireside Throws made from 100% organic cotton that's free of pesticides, chlorine, dyes, and other chemical treatments. At right, a Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool Worthington Throw. Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool is Cradle to Cradle Certified.

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