Have you been searching for the best organic pillow? Finding a pillow shouldn't be a hard process, but it can be if you don't know how or where to even start. In this article, I’ll take the guesswork out so you can find your perfect pillow.
So why should you avoid non-organic pillows?
To start off, most pillows out in the market are either filled with polyester, or cotton. Polyester contains a toxic chemical called ethylene glycol, most commonly known as the toxic substance in anti-freeze. Cotton also may contain 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.
Memory foam pillows are a toxic recipe as well since it gasses off VOC's(volatile organic compounds). As you sleep you are breathing in those harmful substances. These VOC's have been known to cause a myriad of health problems from irritation in the throat, nose, eyes, headaches, nausea, damage to liver, kidneys and nervous system.
As you can see, choosing a new pillow requires a little more thought. Since you spend so much time sleeping, the toxic release from the pillow adds up. As you learn more about it, it is best to keep in mind what could be a silent killer during your beauty sleep.
What kind of materials should you look for in an organic pillow?
- Organic Cotton- First check mark is to see if it is certified GOTS ensuring it has gone through testing to be certified for its pureness.
- Organic Wool- Wool is naturally flame resistant, pest resistant and naturally microbial. It's also comfortable all season because of it's insulative properties.
- Kapok- A natural fiber that comes from a Ceiba Tree in Central America. The Kapok is very fluffy like a down pillow, but plant based.
- 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.
To sum up everything, it is important for us to consider what type of material we are sleeping on everyday. Most of us use a pillow to sleep on 365 days a year and using an organic pillow is not only good for our overall health, but for our environment as well.