The New Year is a popular time to change your bedding with so many discounts available. Why not consider an eco-friendly option? We have done our research and found some great quality pillows, duvets and bedding made from recycled materials.
There are many reasons for buying recycled pillows, including:
- Pillows made from recycled materials can help reduce the amount of plastic on our planet
- Recycled products tend to use fewer resources such as water and fuel during manufacture.
- Shorter manufacturing times
- Fewer products being sent to Landfill
Manufacturers are increasingly re-using pillow and duvet fillings to make new products.
Top of our ‘best recycled pillow and duvet’ list, ranking highest for quality and range, come The Fine Bedding Company. Their Eco Pillow and Eco Duvet transform plastic that was destined for landfill into their fluffy ‘Smartfil Eco fibre filling’. They then use a very soft recycled polyester fabric to encase the pillow and duvet, creating bedding that is remarkably soft considering it’s made partially from recycled plastic. At £25 for the pillow, and from £40 for the duvet, we think this is excellent value too.
If you want a more luxurious synthetic pillow, try the Smartdown Pillow (Smartdown Duvet also available) from The Fine Bedding Company. The Pillow is more expensive – £45 but are made from spun and blown plastic bottles to create the feel and warmth of down. The high thread-count pure cotton cover is sustainably sourced and gives you a more natural pillow – you can sleep with a good conscience too.
If you want to go with actual down, our best find is Soak & Sleep – a UK online company who offer a good range of hollowfibre and down and feather pillows and duvets. Well made, soft and comfortable, I have been very happy with my pillow and duvet from their Re:Down, recycled down and feather, product range. Made from vigorously cleaned down and feathers they feel as good as any non-recycled product (of a similar filling composition), if not better!
Silentnight, the well known bedding supplier have also entered this marketplace with their Eco Comfort range. The Silentnight Eco Comfort Pillow and the Eco Comfort duvet are hollow fibre alternatives currently available on Amazon . They are filled with eco comfort fibres made from 100% recyclable plastic bottles – about 17 for the pillow and 32 for a duvet, they say. A comfy and soft pillow with good bounce-back ability which is recommended for front and back sleepers and extra cosy duvets in good Winter warmths of 10 tog and 13.5 tog. They are hypo-allergenic and machine washable so good options for children.
So you have your duvet and pillow, next to the covers. The National Geographic’s ‘Save Our Ocean’ reversible duvet cover and pillow case is our choice for kids and teenagers. Also made from recycled plastic bottles, they are a great for animal lovers (covered with turtles and dolphins) but also as a reminder to our children of the dangers of plastics to our wildlife.
There are so many fantastic products out there made from recycled materials, it really is becoming easier and easier to make eco friendly buys.
Also, don’t forget to recycle your old bedding. Good quality blankets, duvet covers and sheets will be welcomed by charity shops. They may not be able to take used pillows and duvets, however they will be useful for homeless shelters or animal rescue centres. Local art and craft courses could also make use of the fillings from duvets and pillows to stuff cushions. It may take a bit more time to find a home for your old bedding but it’s well worth it!