New eco-friendly sheets get ready to warm beds

November 26, 2005|By HARTFORD COURANT

Cotton for sheets is, like, so five minutes ago. Several new fabrics have been warming beds for some time now, and many of them are kind to the earth, too.

Try bamboo fiber. It's new and soft and harvested from farms, meaning no forests were decimated. Mixing the sensual drape of silk with the warmth and softness of cotton, bamboo fiber sheet sets are available at Bed Bath & Beyond in a variety of soft colors, from $39.99 to $99.99. Linens-N-Things also sells a bamboo fiber duvet for about $150.

Hemp, too, is hot, or warm, really. Mixed with cotton to create them, the sheets get softer with each use. Check out hempbed Prices range from $76.50 for a twin sheet to $211.50 for a king set.

Or try modal sheets, also available at Bed Bath & Beyond. Made from beech tree fiber, the sheets are also very soft and become even softer after washing. Light as silk and incredibly bright in color, they are made from farm-harvested trees. Prices range from $19.99 to $99.99.

Still not sure? Wait for companies to start marketing newer sheet fabrics in the United States, including SeaCell, made from wood-pulp fiber with active algae in it. The fiber is created through an environmentally friendly process. Sheets and duvets made with SeaCell fibers by the German company Curt Bauer won the Best of Show New Product Award at the New York Home Textiles Show in 2004. It is being marketed as a "feel-good" fabric.

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