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Ellen Degeneres’ UnHide Blanket Review: Is It Worth It?

Created by Ellen Degeneres, the super-soft, plush, and cruelty-free/vegan UnHide blanket has been causing quite a stir over the past couple of years. And it’s no wonder, considering how much time most of us have spent trapped inside and stressed out!

Tons of people received an UnHide blanket in a FabFitFun box earlier this year, and the brand has gotten some help from Tik Tok influencers like Josh Richards as well, who joined the company in late 2020 as an investor and Co-Creative Director.

So, we’ve been wondering: does the UnHide blanket really live up to the hype? In this article, we’re going to give you our honest assessment, including the pros and cons.

Let’s do it.

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Are UnHide Blankets Natural, Organic, and/or Non-Toxic?

What are UnHide blankets made of? This is the first question we asked because it’s what The Filtery is all about: transparent, non-toxic, natural, and/or organic materials.

Unfortunately, the answer here is no: UnHide’s blankets are not made from non-toxic, natural, and/or organic materials.

On their website, they state that their “blankets are made of the highest quality faux.” If you dig into their FAQs, you’ll find out that the blankets are made from “100% Faux Chinchilla Polyester.”

Polyester is made out of petroleum, a.k.a. fossil fuels (we’ll get to that more in a minute). Polyester is plastic, and plastic is generally not great for human, animal, or environmental health (though some types of plastic are definitely worse than others). So, what’s the deal with polyester?

Is Polyester Toxic?

Many polyester products contain a chemical called antimony trioxide, which is a known carcinogen. Not only that, but they’re often treated with formaldehyde to prevent shrinking. While formaldehyde is safe at its naturally occurring levels, it becomes carcinogenic at moderate to high levels (which is what we often find in bedding and home goods).

Polyester can also contain BPA and other phthalates, which we all know by now are toxic to human health as well. Heating polyester (putting it in the dryer) can release these types of chemicals even more.

To put it plainly, there is unfortunately no way to really know whether or not these toxic chemicals are in UnHide’s blankets (and at what levels).

Are Faux Fur Products Really Eco-Friendly? (Or Is It a Case of Greenwashing?)

UnHide’s “super soft” faux fur blankets are targeted toward animal lovers because they’re made from fake, cruelty-free, vegan fur. At first glance, that sounds great, right!? We never want animals to be harmed in any way in the making of any of the products we use.

However, the problem here is: there are actually much more eco-friendly (and therefore animal-friendly) materials that are also completely and naturally cruelty-free. Cotton, organic cotton, hemp, linen, and TENCEL are all completely vegan and cruelty-free and are actually much better for the environment in the long run compared to the polyester that UnHide uses.

Polyester might be vegan and cruelty-free, but it’s not plant-based. Polyester is a petroleum product; it’s a byproduct of the fossil fuel industry. As the fossil fuel industry is doing the most to fuel climate change—which negatively effects animals and their eco-systems—one could even argue that in the long run, polyester is actually not cruelty-free. Even though animals are not harmed in the making of the blankets, countless innocent wild animals are indirectly harmed by the industry that produces polyester.

That brings us to the microplastic issue, too. When synthetic fabrics shed over time (either through normal wear or in the washing machine), they shed tiny plastic pieces, which are released into our waterways and larger ecosystems. These microplastics are incredibly difficult to clean up and are now completely taking over our oceans and causing marine animals to suffer.

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Getting Better: UnHide’s Recycled and Pre-Loved Collections

UnHide’s Marshmallow blanket is made from 90% recycled materials. That’s a good thing because it increases the circularity of plastics, keeping some of them out of the landfills and ecosystems. It also requires much fewer virgin petroleum products to be manufactured.

UnHide also introduced a PreLoved section of their website, which allows customers to buy and sell their UnHide blankets at cheaper prices. This serves a similar purpose that the recycled Marshmallow blanket does by increasing the circularity of the products, which is better for the environment and the animals (including humans) who live in it.

However, this unfortunately doesn’t solve the problem of microplastic shedding or the potentially toxic chemicals that may exist in these blankets.

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Buuutttt…. It Really Is Super Soft

Yes, the UnHide blanket truly is super soft. But is it really the “softest blanket ever”? We don’t really think so… It’s about the same amount of softness as the other polyester fleece blankets on the market. You can get an equally soft faux fur fleece blanket on Amazon for a fraction of the price if you want.

But the tough truth about these super soft, plush, polyester blankets is that they are really soft, and you just can’t get that same level of fluffy softness with a natural material like organic cotton.

Ultimately, you just have to choose what’s most important to you!

…But It Doesn’t Always Keep Its Softness After Washing…

This is a problem we see in a lot of online reviews. And we’re not surprised because this is the case for almost all polyester fleece blankets: they lose a significant amount of softness after their first trip through the washing machine. UnHide addresses this issue in the FAQ section of their website:

“What should I do if my blanket is different after I washed it?

 It’s really unlikely that the blankets are getting ruined as they did pass in-house and third-party testing for “tumble dry low” instructions (they were tested through production as well so all lots passed). Shedding is possible or even likely, but the blanket is just 100% polyester so it shouldn’t be getting ruined in the wash. If the blanket is dry cleaned or washed gently and tumble dry no-low heat, then the quality should be roughly the same. As with all synthetic fiber goods, some degradation does occur with general wear and tear.”

Uhh… I don’t know about you, but that’s not super reassuring to us.

Does the UnHide Blanket Shed?

Not only is this faux fur blanket likely to lose its softness over time, but there are also lots of reports from customers that it sheds a lot, too (as is also indicated in the company’s answer above). Especially considering that customers are spending up to $200 for one of these blankets, we’d like to see some more quality and durability from UnHide products.

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Where Are UnHide Blankets Made?

This is another question we have (along with a lot of people on the internet). On the packaging, you can see that UnHide’s blankets are made in China. Now, “Made in China” does not always mean “made in a sweatshop” or “made cheaply.” Sometimes it does, and other times it most definitely does not. We need more info.

Unfortunately, UnHide provides no further information on where or how their products are made. We reached out to them and asked for more information on the factory(ies) and how they ensure safe working conditions and fair pay for the workers who make the blankets. Here was their response:

Blankets are made in china. Yes, there are definitely great working conditions. I recently asked the warehouse about this and they told me “Factory is located at Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province of China. This area has higher level on economic development . Besides convenient traffic, transportation and well-equipped basic facilities, it also has very nice natural scenery because weather there is very nice throughout the whole year. A lot of workers prefer to working there” [sic]

Again, this is not very reassuring information at all. We’d prefer to see the actual name of the factory, third-party certifications (such as Fair Trade or SA-8000), and/or more information about whether their US-based team members visit the factory regularly.

How Much Does UnHide Blanket Weigh?

All of UnHide’s blankets are advertised as “Heavy-weight, extra soft, and designed to comfort you.” Here are the exact weights:

  • The Lil’ Marsh XS is 2.1 lbs.
  • The Lil’ Marsh Small is 2.7 lbs.
  • The Lil’ Marsh Medium is 4.1 lbs.
  • The Marshmallow is 9.5 lbs.
  • The Cuddle Puddle is 9.1 lbs.

The Lil’ Marsh is half the weight of the Marshmallow, and the Cuddle Puddle is the largest blanket they carry.

For weighted blankets, most companies recommend getting a weight that is about 10 percent of your body wright (for adults). So it seems that UnHide blankets fall somewhere in between a standard blanket and a weighted blanket.

Blankets That Are Better Than UnHide

We picked out a few brands whose blankets are not only cruelty-free and vegan, but also plant-based and sustainable, more durable and long-lasting, manufactured in ethical factories, and still super soft.

Bearaby

We love Bearaby’s knitted weighted blankets! They carry several different variations when it comes to sizes, weights, and colors. You can choose between organic cotton or sustainable TENCEL — both of which are plant-based, vegan and cruelty-free, and much more eco-friendly than polyester.

Coyuchi

Coyuchi is a brand we trust to make sustainably, cruelty-free, and organic bedding. They have several different types of blankets, and most of them are made out of organic cotton or linen (both of which are completely vegan and plant-based). If you’re looking for a super soft blanket, check out their Cirrus Supersoft Organic Cotton Throw.

Saatva

Saatva is a great option for a super-soft weighted blanket. It’s made out of luxurious organic cotton velvet, so it’s softer than most other weighted blankets. Again, it’s cruelty-free, vegan, and made from natural materials.

Rawganique

If you’re looking for a more lightweight blanket, check out Rawganique’s cotton fleece blanket, which is brushed on both sides for ultra-softness and warmth. It’s 100% organic, vegan, sweatshop-free, and chemical-free.

Conclusion

It’s great that UnHide’s faux fur blankets are vegan and cruelty-free, but they fall short in several ways. They’re not truly eco- or animal-friendly (even though they’re advertised as such), they’re not very durable (especially for how expensive they are), and we still know nothing about the working conditions of the people making them. In the long run, buying a blanket made out of natural, sustainable, plant-based, and vegan materials such as organic cotton is a much better choice for our planet and all of the animals living on it.

Sours: https://www.thefiltery.com/unhide-blanket-review/

Ellen Degeneres Champions Faux Fur With UnHide’s Cruelty-Free Adult Security Blankets

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According to a recent study, many adults have strong attachments to security blankets. In fact, one-third still sleep with a "comfort object."

It’s hard to know exactly how many people still hold on to an item like their favorite blanket well into their adult years, but the data indicates adults owning objects that provide security, comfort, and a sense of self-soothing is far more common than we might think. 

As a 32-year-old adult woman, I’m a card-carrying member of this club. And guess what? I’ve got a new favorite blanket. You might need one, too.

A New Take On The Adult Security Blanket

Security blankets aren’t just for the little ones. In fact, adult consumer demand for these types of blankets has skyrocketed in recent years. For good reason, too: they’re proven to help improve overall sleep quality, reduce stress, and help users manage anxiety. (And, ahem, the last year has been a little stressful, you know?) As a result, UnHide, co-founded by celebrity pet-lover Ellen Degeneres, created products that put a new spin on adult security blankets. 

"I want people to stop using and wearing fur, it’s that simple. The material we use in UnHide products are soft, warm and comfortable and I hope people find it as a great alternative." - Ellen Degeneres

Security means different things to different people, sure -- but a quick glance at user testimonials highlights Unhide’s many benefits. Everything from therapeutic and sleep support -- customers report the weighted blanket serves as a calming, relaxing sleep aid -- to a true ‘security’ blanket and cuddle replacement for a customer who recently lost their life partner.

Another benefit: UnHide’s products are made with 100% faux fur, meaning you get all the comfort and warmth of a fur-style fabric without harming a single furry creature. DeGeneres, along with Leo Livshetz and FabFitFun, launched the brand in 2019 in hopes of ending the sale of real fur in the US. As its tagline states, “For Love, Not Fur.” As a pet parent of both a dog and a cat, I’m very much on board with this mission.

Insanely Soft Blankets For Any Time Of Year

For chillier temperatures (or houses that run with max AC during the summer months), UnHide has dubbed itsMarshmallow blanket the go-to snuggle buddy. These blankets are 100% polyester, and to ensure maximum comfort, come with different textures (both very, very cozy) on both sides. The exterior is made of faux Chinchilla fur, and the interior features a similar material that feels like rich, velvety goodness. It’s sort of like you’re being wrapped in a soft buttery cloud. (I seriously cannot put this thing down, as you can imagine!)

Best part? It’s queen-sized, so you can share.

For those looking for something a bit lighter, the Lil’ Marsh throw blanketis thinner and better suited to warmer days. It’s half the weight of the Marshmallow blanket, so you can easily take it anywhere with you. I’ve been taking mine in the car for road trips...major life hack.

Made With Animals And The Environment In Mind

It’s no surprise people are getting behind the fur-free movement: Over 100 million animals are killed due to fur farming each year. Buying ethically has become a norm for modern shoppers. Currently, a significant number of global consumers (73%) say they would definitely or probably reduce their eco-impact by changing their consumption habits. 

UnHide understood the need for cruelty-free products. As a result, material innovation is at the core of how the company develops new faux fur textures that can be customized for use in a variety of products. UnHide’s Marshmallow blankets are made from 90% recycled materials, meaning they’re also eco-friendly. 

UnHide will expand beyond blankets in the future as well. The brand is exploring more about what it can do to create new products and completely eliminate the need for fur farming, too. The company donates a portion of its profits to help fund the Humane Society’s campaign against the sale or manufacture of faux fur products.

Giving Back With Influencers

Josh Richards, a TikTok star and entrepreneur, joined UnHide last year as a co-creative director and investor. As part of the brand’s initiative, he went around Los Angeles giving out UnHide blankets to people in need last December. 

The social media influencer also openly discusses his love for animals, and he hopes to inspire others to take a stance against fur. “I hope through my actions I can inspire Generation Z to take on the issue of animal efficacy and join me in my mission to create a national conversation around it,” he said.

Overall, UnHide blankets tick the boxes in every category: They’re eco-friendly, they’re incredibly soft, and they are machine-washable. What’s not to love?

Five More Reasons to Love UnHide Blankets 

  • Perfect for you and your furry pet friends. While the larger sized blankets have plenty of room to snuggle alongside your pets, Unhide’s Lil Marsh is perfect for pet specific use. Customers even report their dogs can’t sleep without their Unhide blanket by their side!
  • The perfectly weighted blanket. A weighted blanket should provide a soothing sense of comfort but not be bulky and heavy. UnHide gives you all the therapeutic feels without hurting your back!
  • They’re machine-washable. Unlike other high-end blankets, UnHide blankets don’t require dry cleaning. You just pop them in the washing machine!
  • They have aesthetic appeal. It doesn’t matter where you put them; these blankets add texture and a layer of softness to any room (hello hygge!)
  • Help Stop the Fur Trade, One Snuggle at a Time. The best part about UnHide blankets is that you don’t have to compromise your comfort while doing your part to save the planet. It’s the best of both worlds!

Show some love to the animals, the planet, and yourself with an UnHide blanket.

Sours: https://www.thequalityedit.com/articles/unhide-adult-security-blankets-review
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In case you hadn’t gotten the memo, fur is out. Luxury brands ranging from Prada to Gucci have stopped incorporating fur into their products, Macy’s has banned fur from its stores, and even Queen Elizabeth II has ditched fur.

Ellen DeGeneres also supports the fur-free movement, and she believes that one way to cut down on the demand for real fur is to create faux fur products that look and feel as close to the real thing as possible. So, together with Leo Livzhetz, she’s launched UnHide, a brand that makes super soft, fur-like products.

The brand is launching with a $165 blanket called the Marshmallow and a smaller $65 blanket called the ‘Lil Marsh. The blankets are made entirely from polyester and are manufactured in China. The exterior is designed to mimic Chinchilla fur, while the interior is velvet, and the whole thing feels like an incredibly soft, cuddly throw blanket that is perfect for the cold winter months.

Unlike fur, which has to be cleaned at a specialty cleaner, this blanket can be machine washed and air-dried. But UnHide’s founders plan to move beyond home goods into fashion products over time. The company is investing heavily in material innovation to create faux fur of different textures that are adapted to things like coats and accessories.

In keeping with the brand’s mission, UnHide is also working to ban the sale of real fur. Despite the growth of the fur-free movement, there are still more than 100 million animals being killed for fur annually through gassing, electrocution, and traps. The company will donate a portion of its proceeds to the Humane Society of the United States, which is campaigning against the manufacture and sale of fur products.

Sours: https://www.fastcompany.com/90440089/ellen-degeneres-wants-you-to-stop-buying-fur-and-use-these-soft-faux-fur-blankets-instead
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