Fill It with Green: Eco-Friendly Pillow Inserts

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Eco-Friendly Pillow Inserts from PB Teen

Making pillows is one of the easiest craft projects you can do. Take it from me — I’m no seamstress or crafter, and even I can do it. For me, the tougher challenge has been finding eco-friendly pillow inserts. There’s always the option of using your existing throw pillows as inserts, if you have them available. The added benefit of doing that is you don’t have to find a place to store your old pillows. But if, for some reason, you need new inserts (ie. you don’t have any old pillows to use, you’re making the pillow as a gift, or some other reason), you’ll want to try finding eco-friendly fiber fill or a green insert.

While I wouldn’t call these call these eco-friendly inserts from PB Teen the best option or my first pick, they are definitely something to consider. It appears the 12 x 16 insert is the only size that’s available at the moment, but that’s a perfect size for an accent pillow for a bed. So if you’re in the pillow-making mood, scoop up a yard or two of some sustainable fabrics and be on your way.

If you’re not feeling very crafty, you can always opt for PB Teen’s “Turn Over a New Leaf” organic cotton pillow cover, on sale now for $25.

Why It’s Green:

  • Covered in 100% organic cotton
  • Filled with 50% natural, sustainable fibers that are FSC-certified and biodegradable.
  • Approved by Oeko-Tex, the world’s definitive ecological certification process, which tests fibers, fabrics and components to ensure that each product is healthy for you, healthy for those who produce it and healthy for the environment.

Price: $15

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3 comments… add one
  • AML January 1, 2009, 7:51 am

    Organic cotton usage is best for pillows, they give comfort feeling as compared to other pillow inserts.

  • Lauren January 9, 2009, 2:32 pm

    These pillows are great… and the pre-covered one is super cute! Love it 🙂

    You should check out another eco-blog that I read… It’s called Natural Chic ( It’s by Laurie Grassi and she blogs about great eco-friendly products for home and lifestyle.

    Laurens last blog post..digitally organize your 2009

  • Harmony January 12, 2009, 5:26 pm

    Are the pillows Oeko-Tex 100 or 1000 certified? From my personal experience in calling PB, I am guessing it is the 100 standard. Oeko-Tex 100 is a test for residual chemicals on fabrics. According to Oeko-Tex’s own site it is a “scientifically founded evaluation standard for the human ecological safety of textiles”. It isn’t about environmental sustainability… it is about human health. For Pottery Barn to call it the “DEFINITIVE ecological certification process” is down right misleading. I would contest that the Global Organic Textile Standards is a much more comprehensive and environmentally sensitive standard. I spoke to two different people at PB in my attempt to answer the question of what standard they were certified to. Neither could tell me. I was told they would look into it and call me back. That was over a week ago….

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