Nobody wants to sleep swaddled in chemicals and other toxins. Plus, who can get a full night of slumber knowing their textile selections contribute to poor working wages and environmental pollution? With The Modern Dane, a new sustainable bedding brand, you don’t have to put up with any of these issues.
The brand was developed with the belief that your bed is your sanctuary, and your home should be filled with items that bring joy and comfort. The company sets the bar high for achieving sustainability in every product it releases, including eco-friendly duvet covers, pillow cases and fitted sheets.
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The Scandinavian bedding designs are heavily influenced by The Modern Dane founder Jacob Andsager’s Danish roots. While beauty is the ultimate result, the process to get there focuses on sustainably harvested, natural materials, limited waste, fair-trade labor practices and quality that ensures a long lifecycle.
The Modern Dane is also proud of its commitment to sustainable production and provides traceability so you know where the materials were sourced and the product was made (Portugal, in compliance with the International Labour Organization ILO.)
Starting with materials, The Modern Dane only uses OEKO-TEX and certified European Flax linen. Along the way, each part of every product is tested and guaranteed to meet the highest environmental and toxicological standards.
The European flax linen industry is eco-friendly in a variety of ways. Firstly, the flax, which is grown in Belgium, France and the Netherlands, is a natural match to the land. It requires no irrigation and is grown with a reliance on rainwater alone. This is in steep contrast to water-consumptive cotton. The company stated that “annual water savings over cotton farming are estimated at 650 billion cubic meters of water, or roughly the water consumption of a city the size of Atlanta.”
In addition, the flax is naturally pest-resistant, eliminating the need for toxic pesticides that would otherwise pollute the land and the finished products. Some fertilizer is used in flax production, but it’s five times less than the amount dumped on cotton.
The flax industry has found ways to use every part of the plant for a zero-waste growth and consumption cycle. While the long fibers are turned into fabric, short fibers are used for paper or felt. Even the seeds and oils from the plant are turned into livestock feed, varnish and linoleum. Flax shives are used in gardening, turned into animal bedding or composted. Plus, flax is completely biodegradable. Like any living plant, flax naturally improves air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.
The Modern Dane explained, “Every year, the growing of flax in Europe captures 330,000 tons of CO2 — the emissions equivalent to driving a Renault Clio around the earth 62,000 times.”
Inhabitat tests The Modern Dane bedding
The Modern Dane offered to send a sample product, which I eagerly accepted. For me, there’s just nothing more luxurious than a soft, warm bed, so I was excited when a duvet cover showed up a few days later.
To start, the packaging was gorgeous and eco-friendly. As the box states, it’s “Recycled, fully biodegradable, and made in the USA.” The duvet itself came inside a flax linen bag, which is reusable. That earns high marks in contrast to the standard plastic bags many linens come in.
The print on the duvet is inviting and versatile and makes a statement without being too bold (although I’m okay with bold, too). A variety of colors within the print means it can work with many different types of interior designs and sheet selections. It can easily be paired with shades of green, blue, black and brown. I adore the color selection for the back of this print, which is a soft sage.
The quality is obvious from the first touch. It’s a thick fabric that may be too warm for some. Personally, I love the weight. It provides a cozy, cocoon-like comfort. The stitching is tight, giving assurance there will be no tears or holes anytime soon. The feeling of the flax linen took me a night to get used to. It doesn’t immediately radiate the softness of cotton or poly blends, but I’m confident it will soften over time.
My quilted comforter slid easily into the duvet, and the sizing fits nicely with no gapping around the edges or in the corners. Even better, the comforter has stayed in place over time, in contrast to the constant shake down I had to give my old duvet in order to get the comforter back in place.
Not all product reviews are this easy to throw my full support behind. There’s often a little something that isn’t quite right. But with this The Modern Dane duvet, I just don’t have any cons to mention with the product, company or packaging. The duvet is truly delightful, and now every day, I can’t wait for bedtime.
Images via The Modern Dane and Dawn Hammon / Inhabitat
Editor’s Note: This product review is not sponsored by The Modern Dane. All opinions on the products and company are the author’s own.