Choosing A Pillow: A Brief Guide June 04, 2015 17:55

Pillows are a very personal thing, and choosing a new one can be a daunting task.  With so many options, it can be overwhelming. The Good Planet is here to help relieve that pressure, by giving you only the best options and giving you the information you need to be confident.  All of our pillows are certified organic, hypoallergenic, and made in Canada!

There are four key things to consider when you are looking for a new pillow:

  • Sleeping position
  • Body size and shape
  • Pillow material(s)
  • Personal preference

Let's start with sleeping position. Many people suffer through tossing and turning throughout the night, but your ideal pillow is going to be one that best supports you in your predominant sleeping position. Ultimately, the position that you fall asleep in should be the most important one that you consider. You want to make sure that the pillow you choose has enough support for your neck, without compromising the rest of your body.

Body shape and size are the next things to consider. How tall are you? Do you have broad shoulders, or are you more slender? After your neck is suppported, you have to make sure that you are not hunching your shoulders or allowing your spine to misalign. Different body shapes and sizes will find comfort and support with different pillows. It is important to remember that just because a pillow works for you, it does not mean it will work for everyone.

The material(s) of the pillow are another thing to consider. We spend 6 to 8 hours a day with our faces next to our pillows - you want to make sure that your pillow is a healthy one. The Good Planet only carries the best types of pillows - all are organic, hypoallergenic, and made in Canada.

Last, but definitely not least, you will want to take your personal preferences into account. If you don't like it, you won't love it!

Shredded Natural Rubber


The shredded rubber pillow is by far the best seller at the Good Planet.  Natural Dunlop rubber is put through a special chipping machine to give a nice fluffy fill that can be moved around to create divots or pull forward to create a firmer feel.  Naturally antibacterial and dust mite resistant, this pillow is the only one we have that is machine washable.  

Great for all sleeping positions.


Solid Rubber Pillow


Solid rubber pillows are an excellent alternative to memory foam pillows.  Made with the same Dunlop rubber as the shredded natural rubber pillows, they share the same antibacterial and dust mite resistant properties.  

Because of their shape, these pillows are generally recommended for stomach sleepers, or side sleepers with slender shoulders.

Wool Pilllows


The wool pillows we offer are certified organic and certified fair trade.  The wool "pearls" help to retain a fluffy loft. The natural properties of sheep's wool wicks moisture away and breathes, helping your body regulate its own temperature.  

Good for all sleeping positions.

Kapok Pillows

Kapok trees (sometimes called silk cotton trees) produce a fibre that makes excellent pillows.  Its high loft makes it ideal for those with broad shoulders.  This pillow does have a zipper, though, so one can adjust the amount of fill and loft.

This pillow tends to be best for side sleepers, but can be adjusted for other positions and comfort levels.

Buckwheat Pillows


Buckwheat pillows are the firmest pillows that we offer.  The hulls can be moved around within the pillow to create more pronounced divots and mounds, similar to the shredded rubber.  A layer of sheep's wool helps with noise cancellation and also absorbs excess body moisture.

This pillow also has a zipper to adjust the level of fill and loft, but is generally recommended for back or side sleepers.

Please check out our full pillow selection here.

We have all available to try in-store, so drop in, say hello, and let us help you prepare for the best sleep of your life.