The best natural material pillows will have third-party certifications like GOTS (Global Organic Latex Standard), Greenguard Gold, GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) and Eco Institut. This ensures the purity of the materials. Some manufacturers will say that their products are made with natural latex when in fact they are made with a blend of synthetic latex and a small percentage of natural latex. Synthetic latex is less durable and will off-gas chemicals into your home environment.

Natural pillows are typically made of Kapok tree fiber, latex, down and wool. Latex pillows can either be solid Dunlop or Talalay latex, shredded latex or latex ribbons. Pillows are available in a variety of sizes including standard, queen and king. Savvy Rest makes a body pillow, which is available in Kapok, shredded latex, wool, and a wool-latex blend.

NameVisualCheck Latest
Price
Core MaterialCoverCertificationsSizes
Avocado Green Pillow
by Avocado Green
Organic Latex Ribbons
Kapok fiber
Organic CottonGreenguard Gold
(entire pillow)
Standard
Queen
King
Helena Kapok & Latex
Filled Pillow

by Brentwood Home
Natural Latex Ribbons
Kapok fiber
Organic CottonStandard
Queen
King
Organic Pillow
by Happsy
Organic Latex Organic CottonGOTS
GOLS
Standard
Queen
Shredded Latex Pillow
by Latex For Less
Shredded Latex Organic CottonOeko-TexStandard
King
Queen
Solid Latex Pillow
by Latex For Less
Latex Organic CottonOeko-TexStandard
King
Queen
Talalay Latex
Pillow

by Luma
LatexCottonStandard
(Plush or
Medium-Firm)
5"x30"x18"
My Wooly Pillow
by Luma
WoolCottonStandard
Queen
King
Spiralled Wool Pillow
by Metta Bed
WoolCottonGOTS Standard
Queen
King
Down Blend Pillow
by Plush Beds
Feather and
down blend
CottonGreenGuard Gold
Oeko-Tex
USDA Organic
GOTS
Standard
Queen
King
Shredded Latex Pillow
by Plush Beds
Organic Shredded
Latex
CottonGreenGuard Gold
Oeko-Tex
USDA Organic
GOTS
GOLS
Standard
Queen
King
Solid Natural Latex Pillow
by Plush Beds
LatexCottonGreenGuard Gold
Oeko-Tex
USDA Organic
GOTS
GOLS
Standard
Queen
King
Handmade Wool Pillow
by Plush Beds
WoolCottonGreenGuard Gold
Oeko-Tex
USDA Organic
GOTS
Standard
Queen
King
Natural Talalay Pillow
by Savvy Rest
Talalay Latex Organic
Cotton
GOTS
GreenGuard Gold
USDA Organic
ECO Institut
Standard
Queen
King
Organic Body Pillow
by Savvy Rest
Available in:
Kapok,
Shredded Latex,
Wool,
Wool-Latex.
Organic cottonGOTS
GreenGuard Gold
USDA Organic
ECO Institut
15" pillow: 15"W x 48"L
17" pillow: 17"W x 52"L
20" pillow: 20"W x 52"L
Organic Kapok Pillow
by Savvy Rest
Organic KapokOrganic cottonGOTS
GreenGuard Gold
USDA Organic
ECO Institut
Standard
Queen
King
Organic Latex Contour Pillow
by Savvy Rest
Dunlop Latex Organic cottonGOTS
GreenGuard Gold
USDA Organic
ECO Institut
Standard
Queen
Organic Latex Soap-Shaped Pillow
by Savvy Rest
Dunlop Latex Organic cottonGOTS
GreenGuard Gold
USDA Organic
ECO Institut
Standard
Queen
King
Shredded Latex Pillow
by Savvy Rest
Latex Organic cottonGOTS
GreenGuard Gold
USDA Organic
ECO Institut
Mini
Standard
Queen
King
Wool Pillow
by Savvy Rest
WoolOrganic cottonGOTS
GreenGuard Gold
USDA Organic
ECO Institut
Mini
Standard
Queen
King
Wool-Latex Pillow
by Savvy Rest
Wool
Latex
Organic cottonGOTS
GreenGuard Gold
USDA Organic
ECO Institut
Standard
Queen
King

Why make the switch to a natural latex pillow?

You may want to switch to a natural latex or natural material pillow for health reasons. Pillows made with natural materials will not off-gas toxic chemicals into your living environment.

Additionally, latex has grown in popularity in the sleep industry because it is durable, highly responsive and breathable. Contrary to memory foam, which takes a long time to react, natural latex foam pillows react instantly and have an amazing ability to contour your body shape. Natural latex will outlast polyurethane foam and polyester filling by at least two times. So say goodbye to that sagging polyester fill pillow, and try a durable, natural and non-toxic latex pillow.

The advantages of natural latex pillows are many, but here are a few key points to consider.

Natural latex pillows are:

  • durable
  • responsive and contour your body shape
  • hypoallergenic
  • antimicrobial
  • dust mite resistant
  • mold and mildew resistant
  • biodegradable
  • made from renewable resources

How to choose a natural material pillow

Your sleeping style will determine what type of pillow you should choose.

Back sleepers: back sleepers need less pillow height than side sleepers to keep the spine properly aligned. If you are a back sleeper, you will benefit the most from a pillow filled with shredded latex, wool or a down-latex blend. You can also go for a soft solid latex pillow. Ensure that the pillow does not elevate your head too much, as this could cause tension in your neck and spine.

Side sleepers: a pillow with a higher loft is better for side sleepers. When you are sleeping on your side, your shoulder creates more space between you and the mattress, so a solid latex pillow or a contoured latex pillow will aid in maintaining proper spinal alignment.

Stomach sleepers: a thin pillow is best for stomach sleeping. If your head is elevated too high during sleep, you may have a more pronounced arch in the back. This may lead to strain in the lower back. Most natural pillows that aren’t made of solid latex have a zippered shell. With the zippered access, the natural filling material can be added or taken away to adjust the loft of the pillow.

All around sleepers: some experimentation will be needed to find the right type of pillow. If you try a solid latex pillow or a contoured latex pillow, go with a soft, low-density latex. This will minimize the chance that you experience neck strain when you sleep on your back and your stomach but should support you enough when you sleep on your side.

Beware Of Synthetic Latex Blends Posing as Genuine Latex Pillows

Some companies on the market are taking advantage of market trends by selling pillows they claim are made with “natural latex” when in fact, they are synthetic blends. People that want to invest in a natural latex pillow want a product that is healthy and durable at a competitive price. Several companies on Amazon.com are marketing their products as made with “natural latex” when in fact they are made with petrochemical-derived foam blended with a small amount of natural latex.

The result is a product that is less durable and that will have a strong chemical smell when new. When purchasing a natural latex product, look for third-party certifications to ensure that it is made with 100% natural materials. For latex pillows, the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) will give you the confidence that the pillow you are purchasing contains only natural latex and not a synthetic blend.