Making pillows with natural fillers

All ComfyComfy pillows are filled with totally natural fillings. Producing pillows made from plant materials makes us feel wonderful because they are a) renewable resources and b) totally biodegradable.

We make sure that the materials we use to fill our pillows are processed without the use of chemicals or fumigation. Fumigation of grains and other plant materials is a fairly common practice used to kill insects and their larvae. This doesn't mean that our pillows aren't clean! They are throughly cleaned and graded using air and gravity. The flaxseeds we use are food grade quality, although we don't recommend eating flaxseeds that have been microwaved many times.

Like other products made from natural materials, our pillows can attract the attention of insect pests if not properly cared for. Taking care of a ComfyComfy pillow is not hard, and chances are you already practice most of the steps. For details, check out How to care for a flaxseed heat wrap and How to clean a buckwheat pillow.

February 08, 2015 by Claire Collie

Balsam fir for our heart pillows

We have spent ample time sourcing quality materials to create our beloved balsam heart pillows. We especially love the soft scent of our pillows now when it is too cold to spend much time outdoors.

Balsam fir trees are fast growing evergreens that are native to a wide part of North American. They are often used as Christmas trees because of their stiff, upright growing habit, ability to retain their needles and fragrance.

Balsam trees have many uses. Balsam bark was an important source of food for some Native American tribes. Inner bark was peeled from the tree and used to make breadstuffs. Tea is made from dried balsam needles, and is said to help sooth sore throats and congestion. The buds and resin are used in folk medicine to treat numerous ailments including bronchitis, burns, colds, heart aliments, scurvy and to heal wounds. The resin was also used as an ingredient in varnish and to fix cover slips to microscope slides. Early campers used piles of young balsam boughs as mattresses.

 

 

 

The balsam we use to fill our pillows is wild harvested from private woodlots in Maine. This ensures that the trees were not sprayed with chemicals that are sometimes used to kill insect pests on balsam trees.

Trees are harvested with full scale logging equipment – tractors, bulldozers, and shredders are all used to process the balsam trees. Once harvested the branches are separated from the trunk of the tree. The log portion of the trees are sold to a local pulp mill, and turned into paper. The branches and needles are dried for a week in a specially designed climate controlled room. All parts of the tree are used so there is very little waste from the whole process.

 

 

 

Balsam is harvested for most of the year. The farmers take the month of June off. This is when the trees are flowering and pollinating. It is a messy time of year and many people are allergic to pollen. Not harvesting at this time of year keeps the balsam from being messy.

 

Thank you to Maine Balsam Fir Products for providing us with balsam and sharing information on their growing and processing techniques!
January 14, 2014 by Claire Collie