7 Organic Lumbar Pillows For Better Support
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If you suffer from lower back pain or a slouching posture, lumbar pillows may be just what the doctor ordered. (Or, in this case, a physical therapist? We’ll workshop it.) These pillows are ergonomically designed with a curved shape to sit along your body, especially in sitting or laying positions.
A lumbar pillow specifically supports your back, taking pressure off the spine, keeping back muscles relaxed, and forcing you to sit up straighter. Outside of your physical comfort, lumbar pillows can also help with indigestion or digestive issues, too, thanks to the boost in height.
While many pillows are made with polyurethane or questionable down feathers, we’ve found a number of brands below crafting organic and sustainable lumbar pillows. So you could say they’ve got the environment’s back…and your own. Sustainable support you can count on.
Best For | Lumbar yoga pillow
Sustainable Materials | GOTS certified organic cotton, vegan buckwheat fill
Price | $89
Avocado’s Pranayama Pillow is the multifunctional piece we’ve always wanted, as it doubles as both a lumbar pillow for your spine and as a breathing support during yoga. Like all Avocado products, they’re sustainably and responsibly made with GOTS, MADE SAFE, and vegan certifications. Equipped with a washable cotton cover and a canvas bag for storage, you can easily bring it around and wash it when you need to switch between your bed and your exercise space. (You can also pair with other pillows and bolsters from Avocado’s Organic Yoga Collection.) Get the back support you need—without the straining.
Best For | Down feather lumbar insert
Sustainable Materials | Organic cotton, responsibly sourced duck & feather fill
Price | $88
For over three decades, Coyuchi has made home textiles using only organic and sustainable fibers; that green ethos still exists today. Its Lumbar Pillow Insert is made with responsibly sourced fill using pure duck feathers and down from Indiana, where the animals don’t suffer from plucking or force-feeding. As for the outer shell? It’s 100 percent organic cotton. And since it’s an insert, you can also grab an organic linen pillow cover here as well for a sustainable addition to your bedroom. Comfortable and conscious.
Best For | Bolster lumbar insert
Sustainable Materials | OEKO-TEX certified cotton, microfiber fill
Price | $69
For a pillow that mimics the plushness of natural down without the animal byproducts, check out Parachute’s Down Alternative Bolster Insert. Instead, this 44” long pillow is filled with 100 percent hypoallergenic microfiber fill and covered with a sustainable cotton shell. We love that it can act as both a lumbar and decorative pillow, plus it’s thoughtfully crafted, too—touting carbon-neutral shipping and USA-based production. And thanks to the round shape, you can enjoy additional back support to roll on, added height to aid digestion, and more.
4. Boll & Branch
Best For | Feather down lumbar inserts
Sustainable Materials | OEKO-TEX certified organic cotton, cruelty-free feather down
Price | $58
Boll & Branch’s Feather Down Lumbar Pillow is a serious steal: For less than $60, this 34” x 14” insert is made with IDS-certified down and feather fill, a down-proof organic cotton shell, and finished with elegant piping around the edges. The down itself is cruelty-free, ethically sourced, and triple-washed, to boot. Reviewers rave about the pillow holding its shape, providing both a firm and supportive space to rest. Boll & Branch offers a 30-day trial with free shipping and returns, so it’s worth testing out to see if this organic pillow is right for you.
Best For | Small lumbar pillows
Sustainable Materials | Alpaca wool, cotton, recycled fabric waste
Price | $125–$255
MINNA’s lumbar pillows are stunning, to say the least. Inspired by artists and styles like Luis Barragan, geometric patchwork patterns, and traditional hand-looming, these pillows are thoughtfully made by co-ops across Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, and Uruguay. And while these are all reasons we love MINNA’s collection, the other reason we’re turning to these pillows for support is their smaller sizes. Rather than being oversized or oblong for the bedroom, these lumbar pillows provide plenty of back support on chairs or on the couch. Support this certified B Corp, artisan co-ops, and your posture simultaneously.
Best For | Velvet lumbar pillows
Sustainable Materials | Recycled water bottles, OEKO-TEX certified recycled velvet, upcycled fabrics
Price | $55
Our team loves Sabai’s sustainable furniture, thanks to its gorgeous designs, upcycled fabrics, and made-to-order production model. The brand’s Lumbar Pillows are perfect for mixing and matching across your home since they’re a bit tinier than most (13” x 20”) and available in the most stunning colors. Whether you go for recycled velvet or upcycled poly, these pillows are about as eco-friendly as they get—even the fill is sourced from 100 percent recycled plastic. (Hot tip: You can use code PILLOW_BUNDLE to get two lumbars for under $100!)
7. The Citizenry
Best For | Oversized lumbar pillows
Sustainable Materials | Cotton, linen, alpaca, wool
Price | $125–$475
For pillows that are as stylish as they are supportive, we are obsessed with The Citizenry’s collection. These oversized lumbar pillows come in various styles and materials, ranging from cotton and linen to Peruvian alpaca and highland wool, all crafted by artisans in fair trade settings across Central America. (You can find out more about each of the makers on each individual listing page.) The designs are truly stunning, leveraging warm and neutral tones, Mayan patterns, and natural dyes from natively regional plants.
Featured image from Avocado