Yesterday when confessing my fixation with as-seen-on-TV household products, I mentioned the Snuggie, a somewhat perturbing fleece blanket with sleeves that strikes me as being a genuine fire hazard. This got me thinking about alternatives. What more earth- (and design-) friendly wintertime throws, pillows, and bedding are out there? Stuff to snuggle up with that's good for the earth, basically. After all, it’s that time of year when nothing is more relaxing than a nice horizontal surrender to the couch with the appropriate cuddle accoutrement.
Enter cuddle-rific Amenity Modern Organic Living, where there’s no shortage of all things plush, cozy, cushioned, warm, soft, snug, and sustainable. Where to start? In the bedroom, retreat to 300 thread count organic cotton bedding with eye-catching, nature-influenced designs printed with nontoxic, water-based dyes; in the living room, spend a lazy weekend afternoon with alpaca throw blankets that are dyed camel or mocha with biodegradable colorants; in the nursery, make sure Junior is snug and safe surrounded by whimsical floor pillows, baby blankets, and crib accessories, all made from the finest organic fabrics and low-impact dyes; and in any room, lay your head on a variety of hand silkscreened linen and hemp/cotton blend pillows with sustainable inserts.
Graphic designers Nicole Chiala and Kristina de Corpo founded LA-based Amenity in 2004 and launched their first certified organic bedding line in 2006. In addition to the above items, Chiala and de Corpo also design and sell other home textiles like prints and table linens. Bags, holiday decor (love the stockings), and a bed made from reclaimed wood are available, too. All Amenity products successfully merge clean, modern design with dedicated eco-ethics so you’ll never lose sleep fretting about how your bedding looks and how/where it was made. Sweet dreams.