If you’ve ever slept on an egg crate foam mattress or a polyurethane-based foam pillow, you know that squishy, polyurethane memory foam can be hot and is not breathable. Plus, polyurethane foams are not good for the environment and older ones may contain PBDEs, which can be toxic to your health.
Fortunately, there are more eco-friendly alternatives to traditional memory foam pillow.
Why buy a memory foam pillow?
Relax the Back EcoMemoryFoam Pillow
EcoMemoryFoam is made of plant-based materials and produces zero emissions. I was sent a PureMemDown Dual Pillow by Relax the Back to try out. It’s comfortable and high-quality, and I imagine it would be great for people with chronic back pain.
I like that this pillow is made in the USA, which means it didn’t have to travel thousands of miles and waste fuel to get to me. Plus, it comes with a removable bamboo cover.
Magniflex GeoEthic Pillow
Like the Relax the Back pillow, the Magniflex GeoEthic pillow is comfortable and made to last.
The Magniflex pillow contains no materials that are toxic or non-biodegradable, but it’s made in Italy so there is an environmental impact from that aspect. According to Magniflex’s website, the company “strongly believe[s] that environmental safety, both for our employees and customers, and safeguarding the earth’s natural resources must play an integral part in our manufacturing process.”
If you love traditional memory foam but don’t like the negative impact it has on the environment, I would highly recommend checking out these two pillows. As with all pillows, I think perfection lies in the preference of the sleeper. I think these pillows are both great and I would recommend testing them out before choosing the one that’s best for you.
Learn what’s in some of your everyday use products, like pillows, your carpeting and your couches and other hidden toxins in homes. Also, so many products contain PBDE’s, which can be a big health concern.
When to replace pillows?
It is generally a good idea to replace your pillows every few years. If you have not spent a lot of money on them, this is a fairly easy thing to do. There are other many factors to consider regarding how frequently you should replace your pillows.
Consider if you have children; how often you change out the pillow case; do you have a zippered pillow cover on it as well as the pillow case; and are there people in your home with allergies. Also consider if someone has been very sick and using the pillow.
When you buy a more expensive memory foam pillow, keeping it encased with a zippered cover will help you in the long run from wear and tear as well as keeping it cleaner and more hygienic. Investing in dust mite encasements is also a wise idea and will increase the life of your pillow.
It will also help those people in your home who may have dust mite allergies, as dust mites live and thrive in pillows, mattresses, blankets and bedding.
One word of caution: Do your homework and beware of greenwashing. Some memory foam pillow brands claim to be eco-friendly, when in reality their products are made with 10% eco-friendly materials and 90% polyurethane.
You will most likely enjoy having a memory foam pillow, just be sure you know what you are buying, and be sure to take care of it so it stays clean for better health for its user.