Are toxins lurking in your pillows

I (Molly) was striping the beds of our sons and realized a few of their pillows needed to be replaced. Since healthy products are my thing, I wondered what dangers lurk in pillows.

Did you know many pillows are made with formaldehyde and treated with flame retardants? Yikes. Think of how many hours a day we are breathing in that junk...uhhhh...6 hours on a not-great night.

I found some pillows that were super pricey, super organic-y, and made with super ingredients, but since I needed several pillows, I decided to keep researching. 

There are 2 certifications that ensure toxins aren’t in fabrics, or in this case a pillow; CertiPUR-US and Oeko-Tex. The former ensures that all the components of a pillow, mattress, or clothing are free of toxic ingredients. CertiPUR-US ensures the following:

+Made with no ozone depleters

+Made with no heavy metals (including mercury and lead)

+Made without prohibited phthalates

+Low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)

+No BPDE (Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers) in fire retardants [yes!]

+Made with no formaldehyde [whoop whoop!]

Bingo. So, I’m going to try this one. It's reasonably priced and has the certifications.

I do think I will try the organic-y, made-with-super-ingredients pillow when we are in the market for 1 new pillow.

Do you have a toxin-free pillow you like? Let us know about your experience.

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