Organic Pillows

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Organic pillows are just as important as an organic mattress. If you're concerned about exposure to toxic volatile chemicals, then organic bedding is a non-negotiable. It's a common fact that ordinary mattresses and pillows, just like most home furnishings manufactured today, are filled with synthetic chemicals that continue to be released into the environment long after they've been manufactured and sold.

When you've gotten near a new mattress fresh from the showroom, have you ever noticed that "new mattress" smell? That smell is much more than cleanliness; it's actually chemical fumes. Synthetic materials such as polyurethane, polyester, and vinyl are routinely sprayed with chemical fire retardants before the mattress hits the showroom. It's great that you're being saved from a fire, but is it worth the chemical contamination?

Organic Pillows and Mattresses

On the other hand, organic pillows and mattresses contain none of these chemicals. Their manufacturers guarantee it, and they're regulated by strict state and federal regulations. To be "organic," the bedding must be made from non-synthetic (read "naturally grown") materials that have never come into contact with synthetic chemicals in their entire life span.

For example, in the case of organic pillows made from goose feathers, the geese must have been fed a diet of pesticide-free feed and lived on chemical-free land. The pillow casing must be made from chemical-free organic cotton, linen, or wool. In the finishing process, no chemical fire retardants or any other contaminant may be sprayed on the pillows. A nice benefit of organic wool is that it is naturally fire resistant, making it an ideal alternative to chemical retardants.

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