Non-Toxic Pillow Brand Reviews

Written by Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT


Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT

Sustainability Expert

Leigh Matthews is a sustainability expert and long time vegan. Her work on solar policy has been published in Canada's National Observer.


The Leaf Score Guide to Non-Toxic Bedding aims to help you find your perfect pillow, whatever your sleep style and needs. Our in-depth brand reviews focus on the pillows we know and love, with insights from first-hand experience sleeping on these non-toxic, organic, eco-friendly pillows.

Table of Contents
  1. The Best Non-Toxic Pillow Brands
  2. Pillows comparisons

Leaf Score’s Head of Research, Leigh Matthews, is a big fan of sleep. And just as she has no time for greenwashing, as a new parent, Leigh has no time to waste precious minutes of sleep on poor-performing pillows.

Every pillow we recommend at Leaf Score has been personally tested by the team and meets our exceptionally high standards for sustainability, safety, and comfort, according to our leaf rating system. There’s absolutely no polyfoam here and we check every green certification is valid.

We also talk directly to the brands, so we can get the inside scoop on their sustainable practices. That way, we know which brands are walking the talk and which bedding companies are snoozing on the job.

Talking to bedding brands is also a great way to learn more about how pillows are made and why companies make the design choices they do. This all helps inform the educational part of our Guide to Non-Toxic Bedding, where we talk about why pillow height matters and which materials work best for different sleep styles.

The Best Non-Toxic Pillow Brands

With so many different types of pillows available, we speed up your hunt for the perfect pillow by separating reviews below based on pillow materials and style.

Latex pillows

Latex pillows can comprise a single piece of molded latex or a pillow stuffed with latex shreds or noodles.

Here are our favorite latex pillows which we highly recommend:

  • Turmerry Low-Profile (Toddler) Latex Pillow [Staff tried and tested] – Review

Buckwheat pillows

Buckwheat pillows aren’t for everyone, but if you’re interested in giving one a go, we suggest the following:

  • Turmerry Buckwheat Pillow [Staff tried and tested] – Review

Kapok and latex pillows

Kapok is a fantastic pillow fill but can be very soft by itself. This is why it’s often found alongside shredded latex to add a bit of firmness and extra head and neck support.

Here are our favorite kapok and shredded latex pillows:

  • Avocado Green Pillow [Staff tried and tested] – Review

Pillows comparisons

What might appeal to you – a zipper, high gusset, ability to buy extra stuffing – could be a deal breaker for someone else. That’s why we dig into the details and put these pillows through their paces.

We compare similar pillows from different brands, looking at differences in:

  • Price
  • Height
  • Design
  • Sustainability
  • Certifications
  • Durability
  • Breathability
  • Care and maintenance
  • How the pillows are packaged.

This kind of comparison can help if you can’t decide between two pillows that look equally eco-friendly and non-toxic. And if you have a question about any of the pillows we review, reach out and we’ll do our best to help!

Do you personally test all the pillows you review?

Where possible, we offer first-hand experiences of every pillow we review. We want to be sure that we’re giving you the best insight into how a pillow performs.

However, we’re a small team at Leaf Score, and as part of our ethical review framework, we don’t just amass pillows we don’t need. This practice, which forms the foundation of many review sites, is horribly unsustainable. Every new pillow has an environmental footprint, from resource extraction to manufacturing, and from shipping to disposal.

Wherever we can, we encourage Leaf Score team members to provide genuine reviews of the pillows they acquire to replace old and unusable pillows. This means you can expect our ‘Staff tried and tested’ content to grow over time and as the Leaf Score family grows.


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