The health benefits of getting a good night’s sleep are well documented. It can improve your memory, boost your immune system, aid attention span and physical activity, not to mention just put you in a better mood. Of all the items in your home, your bed could be the most important – it’s certainly the piece of furniture you’ll spend the most amount of time with! So, making sure it’s a comfortable and healthy one is worth it. Of course, it’s not just the furniture itself that contributes to sleeping well; the bedding plays a huge role, too. You could have the most expensive bed in the world, but a scratchy blanket or duvet will have you tossing and turning all night.
Heveya Organic Duvet
On that front, Okooko by European Bedding, Hong Kong’s organic bedding specialist, has got you covered, literally! The store has just introduced its new Heveya Organic Duvet – and there’s plenty to love about it.
#1 The duvet is made ethically in Germany under excellent quality-control conditions.
#2 It consists of a 100 percent GOTS-certified cotton cover and 100 percent bamboo lyocell fibre padding. (What’s GOTS? It stands for Global Organic Textile Standard and is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres.)
#3 The natural and organic materials contain no chemicals and are easy to care for. While most natural duvets are only machine-washable at low temperatures, this can be washed at up to 60 degrees, which really ensures good hygiene!
#4 It’s a light-weight duvet that’s breathable and hypoallergenic – that means it’s ideal for all seasons of weather in Hong Kong. (We’re particularly looking forward to snuggling under ours as the late autumn chill starts to kick in!)
#5 Natural organic and hypoallergenic duvets aren’t that easy to come by, and you’re unlikely to find very much like it on the market.
Pair it with a set of Heveya Bamboo Sheets, also from Okooko by European Bedding, and you’re in for a cosy, comfortable sleep all year round.
Okooko by European Bedding doesn’t just sell premium bedding. The brand specialises in 100 percent natural organic Heveya latex mattresses. Natural latex’s elasticity is well-known to provide excellent sleeping comfort; as it moulds to your body’s contours, it gives great support to ensure proper spinal alignment for a restful sleep. The mattresses are made with no pesticides, fertilisers, heavy metals, VOCs or other chemicals that may put health in harm’s way. On top of being naturally anti-mould and dust-mite-resistant, they come with a removable and cleanable cover made of soft and luxurious bamboo fibre and filled with organic cotton padding.
While those with a British background will almost always talk about the duvets on their beds, Aussies are more likely to refer to their doona. Both terms ultimately derive from the same word, “down”, referring to a bird’s feathers; “duvet” is from French (in rural France, people used to sleep under covers stuffed with duck or goose feathers); “doona” has its origins in Danish and Norwegian. There are other variations around the English-speaking world, too: quilt, comforter, eiderdown, continental quilt and more – though not all of them refer to exactly the same piece of bedding.
This article first appeared in the Autumn 2020 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.