ComfySleep pillows are now made with organic cotton twill fabric that was grown on US farms and woven in US mills!
We have been working towards this goal for a long time. Sustainable, fair practices are very important to us at ComfyComfy and we want to reflect our values in the pillows we make. We’ve been contacting growers, and working with weavers to find a fabric that matched all of our needs.
Why organic cotton twill?
The fabric used to make our buckwheat pillows needed to be durable to contain buckwheat hulls for many years without being stiff and uncomfortable. It needed to be soft and create a pleasant experience for all those who would rest their head on our pillow each night. Lastly, this fabric needed to be planted, grown, harvested and woven as close to home as possible.
We found farmers in Texas who produce the majority of organic cotton used the US, and a weaver in South Carolina that is as dedicated to making sustainable products as we are.
Sleep well knowing your ComfySleep pillow was grown in the US and made in the US.
To purchase a ComfySleep Buckwheat hull pillow click here.
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.
Maggie started making buckwheat pillows for family and friends decades ago. Over the years she has tried many fabrics to find the best one. The fabric used to make ComfyComfy buckwheat pillows has to follow these three criteria: durable for years of use, made from natural fibers, and soft enough for comfortable bedtime use.
Here are some of the fabrics Maggie has tried:
Cotton muslin fabric is available in many weights. It's commonly used for making pillows because it is inexpensive and widely available. We found that its plain weave was not durable enough for years of use.
Cotton ticking is a very tightly woven and durable fabric. Back when mattresses were made from straw, and pillows were filled with feathers, cotton ticking was used to contain these potentially pokey materials. Although this fabric passes our durability criteria we wanted to make pillows from a tighter woven fabric with a softer feel.
Twill describes how a fabric's threads are woven together. Threads are woven over an under in an alternating fashion to produce fabric with a diagonal pattern. This allows for a high thread count, and a soft, yet durable fabric. Durability is important to contain the three dimensional buckwheat hulls. Our ComfySleep pillows are made from organic, USA-grown cotton twill.
When choosing a buckwheat pillow, or any pillow, remember to consider what the pillow is made from.
Will it withstand years of use?
Is it made from natural fibers?
Is it soft enough to use at bedtime?
Have you ever taken linseed oil as a nutritional supplement, worn linen clothing, used linseed oil when painting with oil paints, or had real linoleum floors in your house?
If so, you've been using products of the flax plant, Linum usitatissiumum, one of the oldest plants cultivated by humans. The fibrous plant stalks have been spun into linen fabric for millennia. The fibers are naturally straight and much stronger than cotton fibers. In North American and Europe flax was the primary source for cloth and paper until the nineteenth century when cotton became predominate.
Many products made from the flax plant are due to the high oil content of the seeds. Flax seeds are small, smooth seeds that ripen in small balloon-like capsules called bolls in the fall. Once harvested the oil is pressed out and processed depending on the product being made. As a vegetable oil food-grade linseed (or flaxseed) oil is high in the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (this is a different omega-3 fatty acid than those found in fish oil). Whole flaxseeds are also ground up into meal for human consumption and to make livestock feed healthier.
We use flaxseeds as filler in our flaxseed heat wraps because of their high oil content and smooth shape.
The flaxseed we use is 100% organically grown. Flaxseed oil is contained within the seed even when heated and cooled for many years. When flaxseeds are heated in the microwave they retain heat for much longer than other grains, like rice, that do not have such a high oil content. Heat released from our flaxseed pillows is gentle and smooth. The small, smooth shape of flaxseeds allows them to glide fluidly within our flaxseed pillows.