Have you been searching for the best organic pillow like I was? Well, if you have don't worry, I've got your back! I've tested out many options and I'm here to report on my favorites. Finding a pillow shouldn't be a hard process, but it can be if you don't know where to start. I take the guess work out so you can find your perfect pillow, minus the toxic load.
So why should you avoid conventional pillows?
Well, for starters most pillows are either filled with polyester, or cotton. Polyester contains a toxic chemical ethylene glycol, most commonly known as the deadly substance in anti-freeze. Cotton contains harmful herbicides and pesticides- many are carcinogenic. If you think about the amount of time you spend sleeping on your pillow it adds up to a toxic load. Even memory foam pillows are a toxic recipe since they're off gassing VOC's(volatile organic compounds). As you sleep you're breathing in all those harmful substances. These VOC's have been known to cause a host of problems from irritation to the throat, nose, eyes, headaches, nausea, damage to liver, kidneys and nervous system, some of the organic compounds have even been found to cause cancer in humans. No thanks!
Besides the toxic load it puts on your body, investing in a conventional pillow also puts a toxic load and burden on the environment. The herbicides and pesticides are then thrown back into our environment where they end up in our streams, lakes and rivers. Then they make their way into our water streams. I think sometimes people forget that when you purchase something you are casting a vote for the kind of world we live in. Good or bad- it's up to us to make our voice heard!
As you can see picking up a new pillow requires a little more thought than just going to Target. Whenever I think about detoxing my home, I really have to stop and think about what kind of impact this will have on my health. In my opinion, pillows are pretty high on the priority list. Since you spend so much time sleeping, the toxic load of your pillow adds up. I want the peace of mind knowing what I lay my head on at night is not negatively impacting my health.
Something to think about…
I've seen “organic” pillows popping up in Costco or Target and other major retailers that aren't necessarily organic. Allow me to explain. Marketers are catching on and realizing consumers want to see the word organic. So they're putting organic on anything and everything these days. I'll see “organic” pillows at these stores for $10 or $15- which isn't possible if it's truly organic. What they really mean is the cotton sheet encasing the fill of the pillow is organic but not the actual fill of the pillow. Which can be hard to know unless you've done your research. Bottom line: don't be fooled by marketers and always ask lots of questions! If it seems to good to be true it often is.
So what materials should you look for in an organic pillow?
- Organic Cotton- Make sure it is certified GOTS ensuring it has gone through testing to vouch for it's pureness. Cotton is a firmer option, but not the firmest. More of a medium firmness.
- Organic Wool- Naturally flame resistant and pest resistant. Also, naturally microbial. It's also comfortable in the summer and winter because of it's insulative properties. Some people can be allergic to wool, so something to consider.
- Organic Buckwheat- These pillows are made from buckwheat hulls. They offer firm support for your head. They are great at circulating the air, which helps you stay cool throughout the night. They're also naturally resistant to pests.
- Kapok- It's a natural fiber that comes from the Ceiba Tree in Central America. This is a vegan option for those who like a down pillow. It's fluffy like a down pillow but plant based. It has an overall lighter feel than cotton as well.
- Latex- Shredded latex is great for those who like a soft pillow. Your head will sink into these pillows. They will keep you cooler too. It is similar to conventional memory foam but without the toxic chemicals. It's also mold and mite resistant, 100% biodegradable, and even antimicrobial.
Ok, now that you know the different types of materials to look for in a safe natural pillow, let me review the natural pillow options I've personally tried.
White Lotus Home sent me 3 different pillow options to try. They are store that offers pure and natural mattresses, bedding, and home furnishings all made in the USA. It's your one stop shop to clean up your bedroom! When I was choosing my pillow options to try out they were so helpful. Walking me through the whole process and asking questions to ensure I had the best options for how I sleep.
I ended up with the Shredded Latex pillow for my husband, the 100% Organic Cotton pillow for myself and the Kapok Travel pillow to try out as well.
Shredded Latex Pillow- My husband LOVES this pillow! I'm not just saying that. He probably tells me at least twice a week how much he likes his pillow. He had been on me for while to pick up a new pillow. He's a side sleeper and likes his pillow to have some softness with it, but still offer some support. The shredded latex pillow hit the nail on the head for him. He said he's never had a pillow he's loved more! The overall weight of the pillow is pretty heavy, it reminds me of a down pillow a little. What's great about White Lotus Home is you can customize the fill amount. Just get a zippered case for the pillow when selecting the type of pillow and you'll be able to take latex out if it's too much. I love this feature! I did try my husband's pillow too and I have to say I really loved it as well. It offers the support I like but still felt fluffy.
100% Organic Cotton- So this is the pillow I got for myself. It offers more of a firm support then the shredded latex. This is especially great if you sleep on your stomach. I don't sleep on my stomach but I do like a decent pillow firmness. I used to sleep with two pillows before getting this one. I also got the medium fill because I knew I could always take some fill out if I wanted too. It felt a little firm initially so I did take some of the cotton out. Another perk of getting the zippered case! That helped a lot. Then I felt my head could sink more into the pillow and not be so stiff. It's also nice because once the pillow flattens out a little, I know I can go back and add more fill that I took out.
Kapok- A great option for a side or back sleeper. This one felt light on the head and not as firm as the cotton. I like how it molded to my head after a while and didn't feel as firm as it did in the beginning. It seemed more breathable than my cotton one too. The pillow we got to try was a travel pillow so it was a little harder to get an accurate idea of what a kapok pillow might be like since the pillow itself is smaller but overall I was happy with it. I think the next time I order one I would order a kapok pillow. I've been letting my 22 month old use the travel size pillow and she loves it! It's the perfect size for a toddler pillow. The kapok pillows are also more budget friendly compared to the other two options above.
If you're looking for a good quality pillow that isn't going to off gas toxins I would definitely look into White Lotus Home. They really offer so many great options for natural pillows. I didn't get to try out their wool or buckwheat options but they're reviews look great for both of those pillows as well! What I love too about White Lotus Home is that each of their pillows comes in a smooth 100% organic cotton sateen pillow casing. You can know your pillow is doted on from start to finish! Use Coupone Code: GGG for 20% off your order!!
Have you swapped out your conventional pillow for a natural alternative? If so, what was your favorite pillow you've tried?