Our Rating: 5/5 (See: How Leaf Score is calculated)
- Ideal for back and side sleepers
- Shredded rubber fill provides excellent air circulation to help you stay cool while you sleep
- Offers resilient support for the head and neck
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|Materials:||Dunlop latex and organic cotton|
|Certifications:||As a small-scale organization, Rawganique carry no formally recognized certifications. Instead, they have been producing quality products for more than 20 years without toxic chemicals, acids, pesticides, PVC, BPA, formaldehyde, dioxins, heavy metals, animal testing, or GMOs.|
Rawganique’s Organic Shredded Natural Rubber Latex Contour Bed Pillow (View Price on Rawganique) is an impressive supportive pillow ideal for back and side sleepers, but not for most stomach sleepers, as Dunlop rubber is firm and has little give. The shredded rubber fill provides excellent air circulation to help you stay cool while you sleep and provides resilient support for the head and neck. As a contour pillow, it has a slightly lower central area to help cradle your head, making it a good option for combination back and side sleepers compared to a more uniform pillow.
This pillow is encased in USDA-certified organic cotton and is resistant to dust mites. It is handmade in the USA and is available in Standard, Queen, and King sizes:
Standard 20″x26″ / 4.5 lbs.
Queen 20″x30″ / 6 lbs.
King 20″x36″ / 7.5 lbs.
The pillow is available in a zippered or non-zippered version. We would recommend getting the zippered version, so you have the option of easily customizing how much fill is in the pillow. If you go for the metal-free pillow without the zipper, you can still remove or add back fill as needed, you’ll just have to pick out the seam and re-sew after you’re done.
The whole pillow is machine-washable, chemical-free, and is made in the USA without sweatshop labor. Rawganique say that with proper care, this pillow could last 20 years or more, making it an excellent sustainable option. The natural Dunlop rubber that goes into this pillow is, according to Rawganique, “collected between 5-9 in the morning, cooked by noon, and processed with foaming and rinsing agent via the natural Dunlop method”. It is rinsed 4 times to remove rubber milk proteins, resulting in a natural rubber that has very low allergenicity or smell. The latex sheets used to form these pillows are manufactured where the rubber sap is harvested, which helps to avoid the need for chemicals and also helps support the local economy in less prosperous countries. These latex sheets are then shipped to the US to be covered with organic cotton cases.
Rawganique was founded in 1997 by off-grid homesteaders on Denman Island off the west coast of Canada. They have deliberately stayed small-scale over the last 20 years so as to preserve the integrity of their eco-friendly efforts. The company handcrafts products made with organic cotton, linen, and hemp, and maintains control of the purity and sustainability of their products by growing, weaving, knitting, and sewing most of them right on their homestead. The founders describe themselves as ‘chemically sensitive people’ who use only their own products because they can guarantee their purity.
Rawganique add that ‘vegan’ stamp to their products because they can guarantee ‘Zero animal testing. Zero animal cruelty. Zero slave labor. Zero sweatshop. We never have to test on animals because our organic products come from perfect natural fibers and can’t harm any animal or human!’
Rawganique vs. Savvy Rest vs. Avocado
This Organic Shredded Natural Rubber Latex Contour Bed Pillow is a good choice for back and side sleepers looking for firmer support but some customizability. As the fill is made of shredded Dunlop latex, rather than a formed Dunlop or Talalay sheet, shreds can be removed or added to achieve the desired loft.
In terms of eco-credentials, Savvy Rest and Rawganique are quite similar. If you’re particularly concerned about third-party certifications, Savvy Rest may be the better option for your latex pillow as they are a bigger company and have an impressive record for social enterprise (View Prices on Savvy Rest). They are a certified B Corp, carry GOTS and Greenguard certification, are employee-owned and give back through charitable enterprise in the community. Savvy Rest’s pillows are more expensive, however, and do not offer as many options for loft across the three sizes.
CocoMat also offer pillows with excellent neck support and sound eco-credentials, including heavy duty, central seam and linear pocket models featuring down and feathers that may be the ideal match for folks who have struggled to find their perfect pillow over the years.
Avocado’s Green Pillow (filled with kapok and latex shreds) is the better option for stomach sleepers or smaller side sleepers looking for a customizable latex pillow with a little extra softness (View Price on Avocado). Organic Textiles Slim Latex Pillow is also a good option for stomach sleepers, with a loft of just 3.25”.