Non-toxic wedge pillows are a popular choice with people who find the wedge design comfortable for sleeping, sitting in bed, lounging, or leg support.
The wedge pillows are divided into two categories – all-natural and low-toxin synthetics. Some are the traditional wedge pillow shape, and others are more of a reading pillow or bolster pillow.
Here are the best choices for those shopping for non-toxic wedge pillows.
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1. Natural Latex Wedge Pillows
Natural latex wedge pillows are a durable option that can last up to 10 years. The foam is made from natural rubber, giving it a firm shape without any polyurethane foam (which offgasses VOCs).
The Churchill Smith Wedge Pillow is made from natural latex with an organic cotton/polyester blend cover. I own this one and I like it a lot. The odor is very mild and it’s nice and firm which is what you want in a wedge pillow. Some natural latex is a lot softer than this.
Over $200 (prices fluctuate on Amazon).
If you want to go with organic latex, look for GOLS certification like this organic Dunlop latex wedge pillow from Avocado has. The cover is also a GOTS certified organic cotton.
2. Kapok Fill Wedge Pillows
Kapok is a natural fill material that comes from a tree native to warm climates. It’s a soft seed hair fiber that makes a good filling for natural pillows.
These triangle-shaped wedges make great back supports for sitting in bed reading books. These bolsters are firm.
Under $100 (prices fluctuate on Amazon)
3. Wool Fill Wedge Pillows
Wool filling is another all-natural, sustainable, and non-toxic material making it a great choice for those concerned with the environment as well as toxins in their home.
The Home of Wool Wedge Pillow features the comfort and cooling properties of natural wool.
They offer organic wool and OEKO-Tex certified wool as the fill options. The cover options are silk, OEKO-Tex linen, or wool.
$171– $531 Use code mychemicalfreehouse for 10% off.
4. Organic Cotton Wedge Pillows
Cotton is a non-toxic cushioning material that can work well in a wedge pillow fill.
This organic bedside cushion provides lumbar support and is filled with organic cotton. Add a natural linen exterior for a truly all-natural pillow.
$59-$209 plus shipping from Ukraine.
5. Buckwheat Hull Wedge Pillows
The hulls of the buckwheat plant are soft and give a sort of bean bag feel.
This wedge pillow filled with organic buckwheat hull with a linen cover is adjustable.
$62 plus shipping from Poland.
6. Low Tox Polyurethane Wedge Pillows
Polyurethane does offgas VOCs, but some types and some brands are lower in offgassing than others. Generally, memory foam is higher in offgassing than regular foam, and most wedges have a memory foam layer. Foam that arrives rolled up will also be higher in offgassing than foam that is already expanded. Airing out your pillow for a few days to a few weeks will also help get it most of the way offgassed.
The Crystal Cove Wedge Pillow is charcoal-infused, which helps trap some VOCs and prevent them from becoming airborne. This pillow is a memory foam option that conforms to your body. This large wedge pillow is $109.
If you see one with loose fill foam this is also a “better polyurethane” because it has already been cut up into smaller pieces, facilitating faster offgassing.
7. Plastic Beads Fill Reading Pillow
For lounging, rather than sleeping, low-toxicity plastic beads are a good choice. They move with the body when necessary, adjusting to the shape of the person. They also help keep the body cool.
The Yogibo Reading Pillow has plastic beads as the fill and these types of beads don’t tend to have offgassing.
8. Polyester Fill Wedge Pillows
A final option to consider when shopping for a less toxic wedge pillow is polyester. While polyester is not a naturally occurring material, it’s very low in VOCs (lower than polyurethane).
Consider the attractive VERCART Wedge Pillow as an option. Around $60
The Company Store also makes a polyester-filled wedge pillow in two sizes. They are $32 and $52.
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Corinne Segura is a Building Biologist Practitioner with 8 years of experience helping others create healthy homes.