We can spend a lot of time (and money) kitting out our sleep space with premium Aussie bed linens. But how much thought do we give to the doona we’re unceremoniously shoving into all that lovely flax linen (or cotton, or hemp)?
These luxe Australian labels focus on cuddly doonas made from soft and fluffy materials, with an emphasis on eco-conscious production and ethical business practices, so you can rest easy – and stay warm (or cool) year-round.
Melbourne-based Bonny is dedicated to creating the fluffiest doonas possible, with 90 per cent duck down filling (and no prickly feathers sticking out) inside a 100 per cent cotton casing with 400 thread count. Three doona styles – Summer (from $299), Winter (from $399) and the All Rounder (from $349) – are certified with the Responsible Down Standard which ensures ethical animal welfare practices. And a hefty “fill power” across all styles means they can be squished down for storage, then bounce back up to their original dimensions.
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Founder David Zwier reckons Bonny doonas should last around 10 to 15 years, so they’re designed for the long haul. The online-only brand also lets you try out the doonas and return them – without charge – if they’re not right for you. Returned bedding is washed and donated to people who might be sleeping rough, fleeing domestic violence or settling in Australia in a refugee centre.
Youtopian Home’s doonas boast a mix of 80 per cent white goose down and 20 per cent white goose feather for premium cosiness. Soft and lightweight with natural heat regulation, they’re encased in a 280-thread-count down-proof cotton cover. Choose from Summer (from $300) and Autumn (from $375) styles or the clever All Seasons bundle (from $499), which features one doona of each style that can be clipped together for extra bulk on cold nights or used separately year-round.
Designed in Melbourne, the Youtopian Home doona promises to help reduce anxiety and stress through uninterrupted sleep. A grid-like box cassette stitch pattern provides even, non-clumpy down distribution, and it’s also machine-washable. Find it online alongside the label’s matching mattress toppers and boldly patterned throw rugs. All Australian orders come with free carbon-neutral shipping (and a 12-month warranty).
A certified B-Corp company (meaning it upholds the highest standards of social and environmental impact), Go Kindly donates 50 per cent of profits to support women and non-binary people experiencing housing stress and homelessness. The company has donated $69,000 to Juno and Women’s Housing Ltd since 2019. It also pledges to pay fair wages, use no single-use plastic packaging and manufacture locally.
Made in Australia with 100 per cent Australian pure wool filling, Go Kindly doonas are available in two weights: All Seasons (from $235) and Winter (from $245). Plus, with all that wool inside, they’re extra breathable and cosy in all kinds of weather conditions.Like all Go Kindly wares, the doonas are made as sustainably and consciously as possible. Find them online to purchase singly or in bundles with the label’s signature pillow range.
When you name a brand after an animal that sleeps up to 20 hours each day, you must be confident about your level of comfort. And in the past eight years, Sydney-born startup Koala has grown from offering an OG mattress to a full suite of furniture and home goods, including comfy quilts.
There are currently two on offer: All Seasons duvet (from $245) and Balmy Night duvet (from $145). They’re both filled with the brand’s cluster loft fill and are encased in covers made from 55 per cent Tencel and 45 per cent cotton. The result is soft, cloud-like offerings for all seasons and all sleepers.
Sheet Society recently launched a range of plant-based pillows and quilts. The Cloud Corn collection uses a fill derived from corn husk as an alternative to classic feather and down. It is biodegradable, hypoallergenic, breathable and thermoregulating. But best of all, it offers a light fluffiness with quick bounce-back that mimics the appeal of down. The quilts come in light (250 grams per square metre) or medium (400gsm) weights depending on your climate and sleep preferences. You can also shop a combo bundle for all-season snuggling – the two weights can be used together to create the warmest option.
Ecosa cares about your sleep. Alongside its range of ergonomic mattresses and pillows, the brand offers quilts filled with silk fibres. The material helps with overheating, meaning less chance of sweaty nights, and is biodegradable at the end of its life. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic. A 400 thread count pima cotton cover also helps bring breathability to your bed. Choose from summer, mid-season and winter (a combination of the two) weights.
This article was first published on May 23, 2023 and has since been updated. Additional reporting by Alice Jeffery.
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