Modern Dane offers durable bedding for peace of mind while you sleep
No one wants to sleep swaddled with chemicals and other toxins. Plus, who can get a full night’s sleep knowing that their textile selections contribute to low labor wages and environmental pollution? With The Modern Dane, a new brand of sustainable bedding, you don’t have to put up with any of these issues.
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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 very high for achieving sustainability in all of its products, including environmentally friendly duvet covers, pillow cases and fitted sheets.
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Scandinavian bedding designs are heavily influenced by the Danish roots of The Modern founder Dane Jacob Andsager. Although beauty is the ultimate result, the process to achieve it focuses on sustainably harvested natural materials, limited waste, fair working practices and quality that guarantees a long life cycle.
The Modern Dane is also proud of its commitment to sustainable production and ensures traceability so that you know where the materials were supplied and the product was manufactured (Portugal, in accordance with the International Labor Organization ILO)
Starting with the materials, The Modern Dane only uses OEKO-TEX linen and certified European linen. Along the way, every part of every product is tested and guaranteed to meet the highest environmental and toxicological standards.
The European flax industry is respectful of the environment in several ways. First, flax, which is cultivated in Belgium, France and the Netherlands, blends naturally with the terroir. It does not require any irrigation and is grown using only rainwater. This is in stark contrast to cotton consuming water. The company said, “The annual water savings from growing cotton is estimated at 650 billion cubic meters of water, roughly the water consumption of a city the size of Atlanta. “.
Plus, flax is naturally pest resistant, eliminating the need for toxic pesticides that would otherwise pollute the land and end products. Some fertilizers are used in the production of flax, but this is five times less than the amount spilled on cotton.
The flax industry has found ways to use every part of the mill for a cycle of growth and zero waste consumption. While long fibers are made into fabric, short fibers are used for paper or felt. Even the seeds and oils of the plant are made into feed, varnish and linoleum. Flax shives are used in gardening, made into animal bedding or composted. In addition, 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, flax growing in Europe captures 330,000 tonnes of CO2 – emissions equivalent to driving a Renault Clio 62,000 times around the earth.”
Inhabitat tests The Modern Dane bedding
The Modern Dane offered to send a sample of the product, which I enthusiastically accepted. For me, there is nothing more luxurious than a soft, warm bed, so I was excited when a duvet cover popped up a few days later.
For starters, the packaging was beautiful and environmentally friendly. As the box says, it’s “recycled, fully biodegradable, and made in the USA.” The comforter itself came in a linen bag, which is reusable. This earns high marks unlike standard plastic bags that many linens come in.
The print on the comforter is inviting and versatile and makes a statement without being too bold (although I agree with bold too). A variety of colors in the print means it can work with many types of interior designs and sheet selections. It can easily be paired with shades of green, blue, black and brown. I love the color selection for the back of this print, which is a sweet sage.
The quality is evident from the first contact. It is a thick fabric which may be too hot for some. Personally, I love the weight. It offers cozy and cocooning comfort. The seams are tight, ensuring that there won’t be any rips or holes anytime soon. It took me one night to get used to the feel of linen. It doesn’t immediately radiate the softness of cotton or poly blends, but I’m sure it will soften over time.
My quilted comforter slipped easily into the comforter, and the size fits well with no space around the edges or corners. Best of all, the comforter stayed in place over time, unlike the constant fuss I had to give my old comforter to get it back on.
Not all product reviews are this easy to support. There is often a little something wrong. But with this The Modern Dane comforter, I simply have no downsides to mention with the product, company, or packaging. The comforter is really delicious, and now every day I can’t wait for bedtime.
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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 the company are the property of the author.