Wool pillows are natural, anti-allergenic, supportive, warm and cool.
Increasing in popularity, wool is of course a more environmentally friendly option than man-made, synthetic fillings which are made from polyester. These polyester fillings are all made through a using a chemical reaction involving coal, petroleum, air and water. Would you ever have guessed there was petrol in your bedding?
Fossil-fuel-free, wool is excellent at repelling dust mites – it is naturally anti-allergenic, as long as you’re not allergic to wool itself! – and brilliant at absorbing moisture. A sheep’s fleece insulates the sheep’s body, helping to maintain a constant body temperature by providing protection from the extremes of cold in winter and heat in summer. This all means that wool is a fantastic material to use for bedding, helping to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Temperature-regulating: good for little children
Although not to everyone’s taste, wool pillows can be a great pillow choice for people who get hot heads in bed: toddlers, children and anyone going through the menopause. Because the natural fibres absorb moisture, you also don’t get a sweaty patch on your pillow as you might do with a polyester / synthetic pillow. This ability to regulate humidity also means, bizarrely, that wool is a really good option if you live in hotter, tropical countries too.
Naturally much heavier, and firmer than synthetic pillows, or down and feather pillows, a wool pillow stays where you put it and doesn’t end up half way down the bed. They’re more supportive and often flatter which is good for front sleepers or as a children’s pillow for little ones who mainly sleep on their tummies or sides. Alternatively, you could double-up your pillows if you need a bit more support on your back or side.
Recyclable and fully biodegradable, wool pillows definitely meet any ‘green’ sustainability criteria. And there are a couple of good organic wool pillows available with 100% cotton covers for those readers who would like to be as eco-friendly as they can be.
UK wool pillows
Having said all that, there still aren’t many wool pillows on the UK market – although the sector is growing. Perhaps because they’re not the ‘go to’ choice for most adults. They tend to be heavy and firm, as weighty as a good quality memory foam pillow and your head definitely doesn’t sink into them like it does in down or a soft synthetic pillow. A bit like memory foam – and Marmite – most people tend to either love them or hate them.
Can you wash wool pillows?
Washing some wool pillows can be a little risky, so ideally a quick surface-clean or a dry clean is a better idea. You’d be wise to use a 100% cotton pillow protector as well as a pillowcase for an extra layer of protection.
Tip: Don’t use a waterproof protector as its synthetic fibres will stop all those lovely breathable benefits of your natural wool and cotton.
- Environmentally friendly
- temperature regulating
- moisture / humidity regulating
- heavier so don’t move around the bed by themselves.
- May be too firm, or too heavy for some
- more expensive than a synthetic pillow
- washing can be more challenging
- can smell a bit ‘sheepy’ at first – air them!