The Eco-Friendly Choice: Why Providing 100% Cotton Linens in Your STR Matters

When it comes to making environmentally responsible choices for your short-term rental property, the linens you select can make a significant impact. While there is a wide range of options available, 100% cotton sheets and towels stand out as the eco-friendly choice. In this article, we’ll explore why these natural fibers are not only luxurious but also sustainable, while shedding light on the environmental concerns associated with alternatives like microfiber and cotton/polyester blends.

The Problem with Microfiber and Cotton/Polyester Blends

Microfiber and cotton/polyester blend linens have gained popularity due to their affordability and durability. However, their production process raises significant environmental concerns. These linens are composed of synthetic fibers, primarily made from petrochemicals, which are non-biodegradable and contribute to pollution in several ways.

1. Microplastic Pollution:

Microfiber linens shed tiny plastic fibers (microplastics) with each wash. These microplastics find their way into our water systems and eventually into the ocean, where they harm marine life and ecosystems.

2. Resource-Intensive Production:

The production of synthetic fibers requires significant energy and water consumption, contributing to a higher carbon footprint compared to natural fibers like cotton.

3. Non-Biodegradable:

Microfiber and polyester linens do not decompose, further contributing to environmental waste and landfill problems.

Why Choose 100% Cotton Linens?

1. Biodegradable and Renewable:

Cotton is a natural fiber that is biodegradable, meaning it breaks down over time, unlike synthetic materials. It’s also renewable, as cotton is grown as 

a crop and can be replanted each season.

2. Reduced Microplastic Pollution:

By choosing 100% cotton linens, you reduce the release of microplastics into the environment, helping protect aquatic life 

and our ecosystems.

3. Sustainable Farming Practices:

Many cotton farms now employ sustainable farming practices that reduce water usage and pesticide reliance, making cotton production more environmentally friendly.

4. Breathability and Comfort:

Cotton’s natural breathability makes it an ideal choice for linens, providing comfort and a good night’s sleep for your guests.

5. Longevity:

High-quality 100% cotton linens are known for their durability, which means they need to be replaced less often, further reducing waste.

6. Pricepoint:

100% cotton linens provide an economical and budget-friendly choice for short-term rentals without compromising on quality or sustainability.  Companies such as California Design Den are offering 100% cotton linens at similar price points as microfiber or cotton/poly blends. 


Incorporating 100% cotton sheets and towels into your short-term rental not only offers comfort and luxury to your guests but also demonstrates your commitment to eco-conscious hosting. By choosing natural fibers over synthetic alternatives, you contribute to reducing microplastic pollution, supporting sustainable farming practices, and making a positive impact on the environment. It’s not just about providing a good night’s sleep; it’s about ensuring a better future for our planet.

Article Source: Heidie Henriksen – Director of Business Development at California Design Den