How to choose a natural bed pillow

There are many people eager to buy natural pillows, made with organic and biological materials, therefore free of synthetic chemicals that could harm their health. Let’s see together how to choose a truly natural pillow and the main quality certifications.

Types of natural pillows

Natural latex pillows

Latex pillows are often compared to memory foam pillows. The big advantage of latex pillows, however, is that they are natural and chemical-free. Memory foam pillows and mattresses are made with chemicals that, however tested, remain foreign to our body.

Natural latex pillows, on the other hand, are actually non- toxic. The process by which natural rubber latex is produced is eco- sustainable and ecological. Another factor to take into consideration is that natural latex is biodegradable.

Although latex by its nature is not very breathable, the manufacturers have devised a series of manufacturing processes that, by giving particular shapes to the cushions, allow for a minimum of transpiration. As with many organic materials, natural latex pillows are naturally hypoallergenic and resist dust mites.

Many people have already switched to natural latex mattresses to escape constant exposure to chemicals such as:

  • Volatile organic compounds VOC
  • Formaldehyde
  • Benzenes
  • Chemical flame retardants
  • Styrene
  • Boric acid
  • Forbidden phthalates
  • Antimony

Although memory foam pillows have conquered the market for their ability to effectively adapt to those who sleep on their stomach or side, they are made with synthetic chemicals that in some individuals can cause breathing difficulties and general malaise.

Buckwheat pillows

Buckwheat pillows are filled with buckwheat seed shells. These cushions are elastic but firm and shaped. They are popular for neck support. Similar to latex pillows, buckwheat pillows offer good airflow for a cooler sleep.

You can generally add or remove as many buckwheat shells as you like to make the pillow more suitable for your sleeping position.

Most people find buckwheat pillows weird at first and take some getting used to. I must say that from my tests I also found an earthy smell, but this is the norm when choosing natural materials.

Organic cotton pillows

Organic cotton pillows are typically firmer and shorter than other natural pillows. Since some people are allergic to wool or latex, organic cotton pillows are a great choice for those who still want natural materials and breathable, refreshing pillows.

When choosing an organic cotton pillow. This way you can be sure that no pesticides have been used in its production.

Organic wool pillows

Wool is a very interesting material for organic pillows. As with other options, it is hypoallergenic and resistant to bacteria and dust mites. Another very interesting feature is its breathability which makes it cool in summer and warm in winter. The wool pillows are available in different versions differentiated by level of rigidity, depending on the support you prefer while you sleep. Wool is a good alternative to goose feathers.

Quality certifications

The certifications are issued by independent institutes that verify the types of materials used and the production processes of mattresses and pillows. Thanks to the quality certifications, people have a greater guarantee that they are buying truly healthy and natural products. The certifications listed below are the most stringent on the mattress and textile product market.


This certification is awarded to textile products made without pesticides, harmful chemicals such as phthalates and above all that do not emit dangerous levels of VOCs.


This certification is awarded to organic pillows and other natural latex items made with at least 95% certified raw organic latex material.


This certification is awarded to organic pillows and other organic items made from organic materials from the beginning to the end of the manufacturing process.

GOTS-certified pillows made with organic wool or cotton are certified through independent agencies, ensuring buyers do not contain many of the toxic substances found in so many other pillows on the market.


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