When you hear the word pollution, what comes to your mind first - Images of smoke coming out from factories or rivers and oceans filled with debris, oil, and sludge? You guessed it right! But have you ever thought of indoor quality or associated pollution with the bedding products you use? Sadly, the pillows you’re putting your head on every night could be described as “dangerous” or “health hazardous.
You spend one-third of your life asleep or attempting to do so. Therefore, it’s very important to make sure that you rest in a healthy space that is free of harmful toxins and allergens. If you make a wrong choice while buying one, it can often lead to severe neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, back pain, and many other health issues. That’s why we encourage you to choose organic bedding, including pillows.
What are Organic Pillows?
Organic pillows are any pillows made from 100% organic materials like kapok, latex, cotton, buckwheat, and wool. These pillows are a comfy, soft, relaxing, and healthier option for you as well as the environment and do not contain any kind of toxic chemicals that conventional bedding is exposed to.
Dangers of Conventional Pillows
Most pillows are filled with conventionally grown cotton, polyester, neither of which are healthy or eco-friendly. Traditional cotton contains herbicides and pesticides that are carcinogenic to humans, and polyester filling contains the toxic chemical ethylene glycol. Petroleum-based polyester filling can diminish your indoor air quality. They collect moisture and become a literal breathing ground for the dust mites.
The harsh chemicals within synthetic pillows not only seep into your body (skin and lungs), they eventually, through washing, find their way to the atmosphere and even water supply. You should know the hard, disappointing truth: these chemicals cannot be washed out! And when they’re in, they’re in.
Memory foam is one of the most popular and common synthetic fillings of pillows today. The major attraction of these pillows is that they are capable of molding to individual body shapes. But, did you know that this foam consists of polyurethane?
Polyurethane is a flame retardant found in foam that is toxic to both humans and the environment. It emits polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers (PBDEs) - a compound that can lead to serious health concerns such as thyroid hormone disruption and neurodevelopmental deficits.
Memory foam pillows contain chemicals known as VOCs or volatile organic compounds. These pillows ‘off gas’ or release compounds into the air that can irritate your eyes and nose. When it comes to long-term effects, VOCs may cause damage to your liver, kidneys and central nervous system, and even cancer.
Perfumes and Deodorizers
Manufacturers of conventional pillows use certain perfumes and deodorizers to mask the chemical odors coming from the foam. Even though these masking fragrances are designed to be pleasant, they are composed of synthetic scents that add another level of hazard to an already toxic pillow.
Most of the synthetic pillows use unspecified fillers, which can cause irritations. These pillows accumulate dust-mite allergens at a faster rate and can be worse for allergy sufferers.
Organic and natural pillows are the healthiest and safest pillow options out there because they are of higher quality than conventional pillows. The best organic pillows last longer, and there is no need to replace them often.
Organic Pillow Options
You sleep 6-8 hours a night. Then there’s also this time where you might be just lying down, relaxing, or giving yourself a me-time. Suppose your pillow is made with conventional cotton that is treated with pesticides, then all of that is in your pillow comes in contact with your skin each and every time you use your pillow. Therefore, it is very important to make sure that you choose the best organic pillows that are made using non-toxic materials.
A buckwheat pillow or sobakawa pillow is usually a cool pillow made from buckwheat hulls. This pillow can provide excellent head and neck support, and they are usually preferred by back sleepers and side sleepers. Its chemical and fumigant-free formula wicks away moisture, keeping you comfortable through the night, soothing pains, and changing snoring habits as well. The organic buckwheat hulls shape perfectly around the head, providing great support to your neck and spine all throughout the night.
The buckwheat hull's micro-fill style and triangular shape make it breathable and long-lasting, restricting molds from forming inside the pillows. At Turmerry, we have top-notch quality buckwheat pillows sourced from the USA that are naturally pesticide-free, hypoallergenic, and water-resistant.
Organic Wool Pillows
Well known for its temperature regulating ability, wool pillows can keep you warm during winter and cool during summer. Here, at Turmerry, we have wool pillows that are sourced from the USA and New Zealand. Maintaining a layer of air next to the skin, these pillows are very soft and comfy and will definitely help you wake up refreshed. Organic wool pillows contain lanolin, and they are naturally dust-mite mold, mildew, fire, and water-resistant.
Wool bounces back to its original form even if you put a lot of pressure on it, making it wrinkle resistant as well. Since wool can rapidly absorb as well as evaporate body moisture and excess heat, you can sleep on this pillow without feeling overheated. These types of pillows are ideal for stomach and back sleepers. Here, at Turmerry, all our wool pillows are ethically sourced and have multi-part complex fiber, which makes them durable and unaffected by any kind of staining.
Organic Cotton Pillows
When compared to conventional cotton, organic cotton is grown in a more sustainable, eco-friendly, and safe way - that is, without pesticides, perfumes, formaldehyde, or dyes. Pillows made of organic cotton are natural, hypoallergenic, resistant to mold, and breathable. Before you buy one, make sure the pillow is 100% organic cotton inside and out.
Organic Kapok Pillows
Also known as silk cotton, kapok is eight times lighter than cotton and is very soft and fluffy. Our organic kapok pillows are sourced mainly from South America. If you prefer thick pillows, then this one might be the best option for you! Completely hypoallergenic and breathable, this material is naturally pest-free, water-resistant, and mold-resistant. Kapok pillows are great for back sleepers or anyone who's a fan of down pillows!
Organic Latex Pillows
Harvested from natural rubber trees, organic latex boasts a variety of perks such as being durable, hypoallergenic, flexible, moisture-absorbing, heat-regulating, and resistant to mold and mildew. At Turmerry, we source our latex from Sri Lanka from a carbon-neutral facility.
There are large holes in the latex pillows that offer pressure point relief for people suffering from lower back pain. 100% organic latex pillows are naturally breathable, and if you are suffering from any kind of allergies, then its anti-microbial properties would provide a lot of comfort.
Organic Cotton and Antimicrobial Pillowcases
When you are lying down on your bed, a pillowcase is the one thing that is close to your skin, nose, mouth, eyes, and ears - it comes into contact with your face all throughout the night. Thus, having clean, hypoallergenic, and good quality antimicrobial pillowcases that can prevent the growth of disease-causing microbes is extremely important.
Our organic antimicrobial pillowcases are made from organic cotton and are infused with SILVADUR™ pure antimicrobial silver ions to control bad odors, inhibit bacterial growth, and create long-lasting freshness without toxic chemicals. We offer organic cotton pillow covers sourced mostly from India. Our antimicrobial fabric pillow cover is sourced from the USA and made in the USA. We are in the process of adding more pillow covers with fabric and products made in the USA.
We aim to bring healthy, sustainable, and luxurious pillows to every home.
At the end of the day, when you hit the pillow, all you want is to be lulled to sleep. With the aim of bringing healthy and sustainable pillows to your home, we offer natural, organic, and eco-friendly pillows and covers that have an adjustable fill at affordable prices. Whether you are a side, back, or stomach sleeper, we have the best organic pillows for all sleeping positions.
Certified Natural and Organic Pillows and Covers
At Turmerry, our pillows and covers meet the OEKO-TEX, Carbon neutralized, and GOLS standards. They are made using high-grade organic materials that have been tested and found to be free from toxic chemicals.