How To Dispose Of Your Old Pillows

In my last newsletter, I asked you, my readers, if you had any questions for me and one that really stood out was How To Dispose Of Your Old Pillows.

There are so many things in the home that can’t be recycled and pillows seem to be one of those items that most people just don’t know what to do with.

Related: Is Cardboard From Online Shopping Overloading the Recycling Industry?

Donation stores don’t typically accept pillows due to hygienic reasons, bed bugs etc. so that leaves us with the garbage. But before you think of tossing them in the trash consider reusing or upcycling them in your home.

Here are some ideas:

I recommend contacting animal shelters in your area; they always need used pillows and bedding. This is a great way to upcycle your old pillows.

You can also make a pet bed for your own pet.

a stack  of old pillows on top of each other

I read a few articles that stated you can use the foam inside the pillow to clean the car or other areas outside the home.

I do like this idea, but just want to caution to first check the type of foam. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers, or “PBDEs,” are flame-retardant chemicals that are used in a vast array of household items, including foam. They were banned in Canada a while ago, but DECApbde can still be found.

The levels of PBDEs in polyurethane foam pillows are among the highest in your house and the direct exposure can lead to liver damage and affect thyroid function. By replacing your foam pillow with one made of polyester fiber or feathers, you can reduce your risk of PBDEs-related health problems.

You can also keep old pillows to pack up precious things when you are moving.

Use them to DIY gorgeous floor cushions.

Old pillows can also be used outside to sit on around a campfire (when camping). Once you’ve taken the pillow apart and removed the stuffing you can cut up the left-over fabric into squares and use it as rags to clean the house. If you have pillows that are filled with down feathers, you can compost those.   If your pillow is made from foam and you can’t find another way to use it, then you will have to place them in the garbage.

a selection of colourful throw pillows

Use old pillows as pads for uncomfortable chairs or for your knees in the garden.

If you have an outdoor patio, you can buy or make really nice pillow covers and use them to cover your old pillows, giving your patio a little TLC.

These are some fun ideas. If you don’t try them just remember your pillows end up in the garbage.

Have you ever upcycled your pillows?


How To Dispose Of Your Old Pillows

Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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