The next step in your epic quest for an environmentally friendly and allergy-free life is an organic pillow! You have thought about your mattress and duvet, the sheets and blankets.
The next step in your epic quest for an environmentally friendly and allergy-free life is an organic pillow! You have thought about your mattress and duvet, the sheets and blankets. But now it is time for what lies under your head in bed.
In the past, allergy sufferers were forced to use synthetic materials to avoid allergy laden feathers. This often caused allergies and other conditions, like insomnia and itching due to the dreadful chemicals used to make them flame retardant. They give off gasses that we breathe in very deeply during sleep. A lot of evidence points to this being very bad for us. Plus, they are uncomfortable.
There are alternatives, thankfully. Some ducks have been bred in organic farms and, while there is still no reliable way of ensuring your duck down came from a duck killed for its meat, you can try to get some that are labeled humane. A lot is plucked from live birds, however, and there still aren’t hypoallergenic ducks, unfortunately.
Far more environmentally friendly is the kapok fiber. It feels quite a lot like down and is a sustainable approach to producing fibers. It is lovely, light, warm and does not involve killing any adorable creatures.
Organic buckwheat is not just for eating: pack a pillow with it and it will give great support to your body as it adjusts to your contours. You might have tried those microwaveable little buckwheat bags that keep your feet or hands warm. You would not put an organic buckwheat pillow in the microwave, but it will have the same cushioning effect. In fact, they are really good for keeping you cool and comfortable. They have a very comforting smell too. When the buckwheat wears out, just compost it and refill. It will be great for the environment as well as for your body.
Natural rubber/latex is making a comeback. Tapped from living trees (tapped trees live longer, interestingly), the latex is formed into whatever shape you need and does not harm the environment or you.
How about wool? Hypoallergenic sheep have been bred, so it is possible to get pillows packed with a pure warmness that will not set you coughing or itching.
The plant milkweed produces a fiber called syriaca, an increasingly popular choice for those looking for environmentally friendly and hypoallergenic bedding. It feels like down and is super warm and comfy.
Finally, give silk a go. It has got a reputation as a luxury item, but its tight weave stops dust mites, and it is unbelievably comfortable. Organic silk is easily available, why not consider it?
A good night’s sleep is worth its weight in gold. Or it would be, if it weighed anything at all, is a concept. But you get the point, it is incredibly important: it affects everything about your life. So get yourself some organic pillows and rest easy.