The pillows you lay your head on each night should be sources for sound, restorative sleep. It's only when you know what's inside those pillows that they might keep you up at night. And that's because they're likely to be stuffed with either petroleum-based polyester filler that contributes to our dependence on fossil fuels or down feathers that are forcefully plucked from geese, chickens, and ducks before they're slaughtered. After that, the feathers are sterilized with formaldehyde, then bleached and sprayed with chemical anti-allergens. Because your eco conscience deserves a full eight hours each night, here are some green pillow alternatives for you to consider.
GREEN PILLOW OPTIONS
Organic Cotton: The greener pillow options for those who prefer slightly heavier and firmer support would include 100 percent organic cotton fill. Find pillows with organic cotton fill and fabrics that are unbleached, undyed, formaldehyde-free, and grown without pesticides online at the EcoChoices Natural Living Store, EarthSake.com, and Rawganique.com.
Organic Wool: Those who are keen on fluffier, more breathable cushion should consider organic wool filled pillows, especially since wool is naturally resistant to dust mites and mildew, and is great for anyone with allergies. Wool filled pillows labeled PureGrow™ come from farmers in California who follow sustainable, human sheep-ranching practices. You can find PureGrow™ wool fiber pillows online at the EcoChoices Natural Living Store and at EarthSake.com.
Kapok Pod Fibers: If you simply can't sleep on anything other than down feather pillows, but can't stomach the thought of the animal cruelty, maybe you should consider those made with natural kapok pod fibers. The pods can be hand-harvested from their tropical ceiba trees without the trees being cut down, maintaining the ecosystem and providing employment for indigenous people. Find pillows filled with kapok and covered with a natural cotton fabric free of bleaches, dyes, and formaldehydes online at the EcoChoices Natural Living Store and at EarthSake.com.
Natural Rubber: Shredded or molded natural rubber is another option for those with asthma or non-latex allergies because, like wool, it's naturally dust-resistant and hypoallergenic. You can find pillows made from natural, chemical-free rubber that comes from sustainably harvested trees and covered with certified organically grown cotton at The Natural Sleep Store and at AHappyPlanet.com.
Buckwheat Husks: If you're open to trying something really different and crunchy, others swear by pillows stuffed with buckwheat husks. In fact, according to the EcoChoices Natural Living Store website, organic buckwheat pillows can help reduce stiff necks by providing proper support to the neck and head, and by molding to conform to the body. At EarthSake.com you can find a duo pillow with the stable support of buckwheat on one side and the dense softness of millet on the other.
Natural Latex: For sleepers who like to squish and mush their pillows into the shape they want, such as those who suffer from Fibromyalgia, 100 percent natural shredded latex pillows could be their best choice. EarthSake.com, Rawganique.com, and the EcoChoices Natural Living Store offer several latex pillow varieties, each of which is naturally breathable and anti-microbial, and covered in an organic cotton removable cover.
Hemp: For those who prefer low-loft, not-so-fluffy pillows, hemp pillows are ideal. Available through Rawganique.com, hemp pillows feature 100 percent hemp fill and 100 percent hemp covers that, together, pack down over time to slim to medium lofts.