Sunday, February 9, 2014

Naturepedic Organic Kapok/Organic Cotton Pillow Review


Note: I received a complimentary product for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.

As regular readers of Wading Through Soup know, I'm a huge fan of Naturepedic.  This is a company that is all about being environmentally friendly and providing our kids, (and us), with non-toxic options for sleep supplies.  Considering how many hours a day babies and toddlers spend sleeping and napping, I always make it a priority to get non-toxic mattresses and protectors from Naturepedic.

We use two of their organic crib/toddler mattresses, which are free of PBDEs and other flame retardants, since they are filled with natural fibers, and we own several of their fitted mattress covers and pack 'n play waterproof pads.  These are waterproof without the use of harmful PFOAs, unlike most waterproof pads and covers.

So when I was offered a chance to review their Organic Kapok/Organic Cotton pillow, I was ecstatic.

But first I needed to know what kapok was.  Turns out kapok, also known as "silk cotton," is the lightest natural fiber in the world, with a density that is almost five times as light as regular cotton.  It allows Naturepedic's bedding to feel light and fluffy, and since the fibers are hollow, they can function as a thermo-regulator.  Resistant to water, it can wick away moisture, something that can help if you child is a sweaty sleeper.  Naturepedic's kapok is certified organic, ensuring fair treatment of workers while being free of synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, GMOs, chlorine bleach, endocrine disruptors, plastisols, non-biodegradeable detergents/degreasers/surfactants, and carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic chemicals.

That sounds good to me.  The pillow is filled with a 50/50 blend of organic kapok and organic cotton.  The certified organic cotton is also free of the toxins mentioned above.  It is grown with natural fertilizers, innovative weeding techniques and beneficial insects.

The outer cover is made from 300 thread count organic cotton.

My first impression was how soft the pillow is.  I've generally found organic cotton to be softer than regular cotton but the combination of the 50% kapok filling and organic cotton outer lining of the pillow seemed to really help in that department.  Of course, I covered the pillow with a cotton pillow protector and an organic cotton pillowcase so, unfortunately, I didn't feel feel the softness of the outer lining of the pillow when I slept but I was still able to enjoy the luxury of the plush pillow even with the protector and cover on it.  As a side-sleeper, I also found that the pillow remained supportive and comfortable through the night.

Unlike the Naturepedic Organic Cotton/PLA Pillow, which is machine washable, this pillow is spot clean only.  While I wish I could just toss it into the laundry, I'm sure with a pillow protector and pillowcase, we will be able to keep it clean in the long run.  And if it is a concern for you, you could always use two pillow protectors.

In conclusion, if you're looking for an environmentally friendly, non-toxic pillow, I highly recommend the Naturepedic Organic Kapok/Organic Cotton pillow.  I plan on getting a low-fill toddler size for my son, who is a back-sleeper.  The pillows may not be machine washable, but I will sleep better knowing my child is sleeping in a non-toxic environment.  And based on my experience with the Naturepedic Organic Kapok/Organic Cotton pillow, my son will be sleeping quite soundly with his new pillow too.

The pillow is available in the following sizes:
Toddler Size (14" X 20")
Standard Size - Low Fill (20" X 26")
Standard Size - Regular Fill (20" X 26")
  
Where to Buy Naturepedic's Organic Kapok/Organic Cotton Pillow and Other Naturepedic Products:
The pillow and other Naturepedic Products, (like their mattresses, pillowcases, and waterproof liners), can be purchased directly from Naturepedic's website, online from retailers like Amazon, or click here to find a store near you.

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10 comments:

  1. Nice review. Thanks for the info. I never realized how much garbage was in regular sleepware. Do you have their mattress for yourself too?

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    1. Thanks. We don't but I plan on getting their twin mattresses for my kids when they are older.

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  2. Thanks for the information. I've been looking for a natural pillow for my son.

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  3. Thanks for the research and information. This seems like a nice natural pillow to get for my kids.

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  4. What a great product for babies, especially newborns.

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    1. Yeah it is a fantastic brand for our kids and the environment. Their crib mattresses and non toxic waterproof liners are great for babies. And the pillow is great for adults and older kids.

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  5. hi are you in new Zealand? I am trying to get naturepedic products here for my own use.. I would love this pillow.. the pla/cotton one..i have severe chemical sensitivities so want to try this stuff ... if you are in new Zealand how did you get it ? thanks

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    1. I'm not but have you tried Amazon? You can also go to the Naturepedic website to contact them. They have lists of retailers in North America so they might have some for New Zealand as well.

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    2. Also this was the Kapok/Cotton pillow not the PLA/cotton one. I haven't tried the PLA one but there are reviews on Amazon.

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