For a restful and good night’s sleep, we believe the best natural pillows are made from organic and eco-friendly material. Giving you peace of mind and supporting your sweet natural dreams. Especially as natural pillows can last much longer than a synthetic pillow.
Some experts suggest that we should change our pillows every two years so that they don’t put a strain on the neck and back when they become flattened. That’s even more reason to go for a natural and eco-friendly material as many traditional pillows are filled with plastic and can easily end up in a landfill or the environment.
Top Picks for Best Natural Pillows
- Latex: Naturepedic Organic 2-in-1 Adjustable Latex Pillow
- Down: Boll & Branch Down Pillow
- Wool: PlushBeds Natural Luxury Handmade Wool Pillow
- Kapok: BeanProducts Kapok Sleep Pillows with 100% Organic Cotton Fabric
- Buckwheat: ComfyComfy Buckwheat Pillow
Some natural fillings can last longer than the suggested two years if it’s properly cared for. According to some manufacturers, feather pillows can last up to 8 years, down pillows can last as long as 5 years. They do recommend washing the pillow every 6 months.
Latex pillows have been noted to last between 5 and 10 years. So if you are looking to create a more sustainable home swapping your pillows for natural pillows when it’s time to replace the old ones is a good move.
Natural, organic and eco-friendly pillows are toxin-free, so there is no need to worry about the safety of your favourite pillow. However, these materials won’t necessarily eliminate a possible allergic reaction.
So even though a pillow is marked as natural it may not be suitable for everyone. A classic example of this is latex pillows, these are filled with natural material but can still cause a reaction in some people, so you’ll need to select a material that’s good for you.
Considering that most of us spend around 8 hours a day snuggled into a pillow, choosing a comfortable pillow that supports a good night’s sleep is essential.
The Most Popular Fill Material for the Best Natural Pillows
When it comes to all-natural pillow materials, the most popular filling options are:
- Cotton: Cotton is a relatively cheap natural pillow filling, but it can flatten over time. Cotton filled pillows are usually quite firm.
- Wool: As far as natural pillow fillings go, wool is hypoallergenic. So if you struggle with allergies, wool might be a solution for you. Wool is a good material for regulating temperature and humidity, making these pillows a good option for all seasons. Vegans may feel uncomfortable choosing wool as it’s animal-derived, but modern sheep needs shearing so it’s an option to consider as long as animal welfare is high of course. Even though sheep are mostly farmed outdoors there can still be welfare concerns.
- Latex: Latex is harvested from the Rubber Tree that originates from South East-Asia, the sap of the tree is processed into rubber, either pure or mixed. Natural latex is generally sustainable and a good alternative for memory foam as it’s particularly adaptable and springy, providing good head and neck support. Unfortunately, latex can cause allergic reactions in a small number of people.
- Kapok: Kapok is a unique ecological fibre that is harvested sustainably from the fruit of the Kapok tree. The fibre produced is light, fine and looks similar to silk. Kapok pillows are firm, yet soft and long-lasting. This filling is a good option for those who suffer from allergies and even though Kapak may not be certified organic it’s unlikely that the fibres will come into contact with pesticides.
- Down and Feather: Down and feather is probably the most well known natural pillow filling. These are normally made with duck or goose down. This is of course not a vegan pillow filling, but if that is not a concern remember to look for pillows with a Responsible Down Standard certification that safeguards animal welfare.
- Buckwheat hulls: Buckwheat makes for a firm pillow filling. Buckwheat, also known as a Sobakawa pillow, is a traditional Japanese pillow filling. When choosing a Buckwheat pillow look for an option that you can adjust yourself. This will help to make sure the pillow is the correct firmness to support your posture and spine.
- PLA: This type of filling is made from starchy plants such as sugarcane. It’s a soft and resilient filling that is extremely versatile. It has great moisture-wicking properties and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals.
Here is our list of the Best Natural Pillows:
Price of Standard Pillow: $99
This Naturepedic pillow was rated the overall top organic pillow by Good Housekeeping magazine.
It comes with an organic cotton cover and is filled with shredded latex, giving it a comfortable plush feel.
This pillow is height adjustable, so you can personalise the height to help with spine and neck alignment.
Price of Standard Pillow: $99
The Birch Organic pillow is handmade in the USA and offers support for all sleepers. It’s made with organic cotton, cruelty-free wool – directly sourced from New Zealand – and natural latex.
The natural Talalay latex core is wrapped in organic wool – which helps with breathability – and covered in 100% organic cotton.
Birch offers a 100 Night Sleep Trial that allows you to return your pillow for a full refund if you are unhappy with the pillow after using it for 100 nights.
Price of Standard Pillow: $149
The L.L.Bean pillow is filled with 650-fill hypoallergenic, responsibly sourced white down and covered in soft, organic cotton.
The pillow is machine washable and has a medium fill weight, making it a good choice for those who sleep on their back.
Price of Queen Pillow: $145
The Saatva pillow is a luscious eco-friendly hotel-quality pillow. It’s filled with two layers, the top layer is made from shredded Talalay latex, providing great spine and neck support. The pillow is wrapped in 100% organic cotton and the outer pillow is machine washable.
This pillow is good for side sleepers.
Price of Standard Pillow: $98.00
The Coyuchi Organic Shredded Latex Pilow is filled with fluffy shreds of hypoallergenic, certified organic latex. It is very moldable and ideal for side, stomach and back sleepers.
The pillow is completely adjustable as the inner cover is removable from the fill. The fill is GOLS-certified organic Dunlop latex.
This is a naturally breathable material that is resistant to mildew, dust mites, and mould. It’s the perfect pillow for those with dust or mould sensitivities.
Price of a Standard Pillow: $150 – $175
The Boll & Branch down pillow is encased in 100% organic cotton and constructed in three-chambers, helping it keep its shape over time.
Their down is responsibly sourced from US farms and is triple washed with environmentally-safe, Bluesign® certified detergent for long-lasting loft.
These pillows come in three variants; soft, medium and firm providing good options for back, stomach and side sleepers.
Price of a Standard Pillow: $119 – $129
The SOL Organics cotton down pillow is made in Canada and filled with hypoallergenic Canadian down.
The pillow is encased with GOTS Certified Organic and Certified Fairtrade Cotton.
Available in soft, medium and firm provides a great choice for any sleeping position.
Price of a Standard Pillow: $174
The PlushBeds Luxury wool pillow is handmade and filled with toxin and chemical free, cool and comfortable wool.
All wool is sustainably and humanely sourced, giving you full peace of mind.
These pillows are fully adjustable, but as they are handmade PlusBeds did not seem to accept returns at the time of writing this post.
Price of a Standard Pillow: $79
An all-natural luxurious fibre-based pillow that gives comfort where it’s needed.
This pillow is made with a 100% organic cotton outer and filled with pure PLA batting. It provides a resilient and supportive feel and is non-toxic. Naturepedic’s PLA is made from non-GMO sugarcane.
Price of a Standard Pillow: $44
This pillow is made from a 100% Organic Cotton exterior fabric stuffed with 100% Kapok fibre.
Available in a range of adjustable sizes shapes the cotton is lush and soft and don’t smell of chemicals.
If you haven’t tried a Kapok pillow they come highly recommended!
Washing Natural Pillows
Washing instructions for natural pillows vary greatly. Some natural materials will clump together when washed so it’s important to follow the instructions on your pillow carefully. And make sure that the pillow filling dries completely.
If you’d like to refresh your pillow filling without washing there is always the option to use hot steam as steam kills dust mites and other tiny creatures. Doing this regularly can help to prolong the life of your pillow.
To steam, your pillow filling, remove the filling from the pillow casing (if possible) and steam with a purpose-made steamer or place the filling in a colander and over a pot of simmering water. Steam a big handful of filling for up to 2 minutes. Let the filling dry completely before putting it back into the casing.