With fall just around the corner, many of us are reluctantly beginning to migrate from the outdoors to the indoors. It helps to have something to dull the pain when facing the sad reality that you're going to be cooped up inside the house for the next several months.

Given that fall and winter are "cozy" months, buying a unique throw pillow is a fine way to help with the outdoor-to-indoor transition. So while waiting for whiffle ball season to kick in again, snuggle up with one of these 10 pillows and pillow covers made from a variety of eco-materials ranging from organic cotton to sailboat canvas. 

Change the World Pillow @ Inhabit (18” square, $60; 13” x 24”, $68)

Just one of the many good-looking pillow options from Inhabit, this recyclable pillow-with-a-message is handmade from 100-percent recycled polyester. All dyes and inks used are Earth-safe and any paper waste generated in the process is shredded and reused as packing material. Insert is feathers/down.

Money Bag Pillow by Chakra Pennywhistle @ Supermarket ($60)

Got dolla bills on the brain? Invest in a cozy cushion made from a reclaimed money bag that once-upon-a-time was actually used in a bank. The cushion is stuffed with raw organic cotton and sewn with organic cotton thread. Handmade in Tucson.


Eco Message Organic Pillow Cover @ PB Teen ($39)

This 18” square pillow cover (insert not included) with some nifty decorative eco-embroidery work is made from 100-percent organic cotton percale that’s both SKAL and Oeko-tex certified.

Mini Gorilla Pillow by Areaware @ Velocity Art and Design ($36)

Just one of the many critters available from Areaware’s fabulous Fauna pillow collection, this made-in-Brooklyn primate pillow is 100-percent organic cotton with Poly Fill.

Horse Organic Pillow by Humble @ Supermarket ($56)

Equine-obsessed environmentalists will appreciate this from California-based Humble. The 18” square pillow is handmade from 100-percent organic cotton twill and the original design is printed with nontoxic, water-based inks. Available in charcoal gray (pictured) or sky blue.

Recycled Sail Pillow @ Reiter8 ($48)

Just because you’re stuck inside doesn’t mean you can’t think about being outside. Those pining for sailing on a sunny day can take comfort in designer Katherine Rasmussen’s throw pillows made from recycled sailcloth from sailboat sails. Available in a variety of colors and designs, the pillows are 15” square and have denim backings.

Glacier Pillow by Galya Rosenfeld @ Branch ($188)

Although it sports an intimidating price tag, celebrated designer Galya Rosenfeld’s handcrafted Glacier pillow is truly one-of-a-kind. The shell is made from reclaimed scraps of ultraseuede salvaged from the upholstery industry and its filled with down and natural feathers. Measure 14” square. 

Undercollar Pillows @Etcetera Media ($78 - $98)

Available in three unique designs — Champagne, Kiev, and Andalucia — Undercollar pillows are made in Massachusetts from reclaimed felt used for the under-collar lining of suit jackets. The pillows are a joint effort between Etcetera Media and Jennifer Hill of JHill Design. Available in various colors in 20” square or 12” x 20” sizes. Insert is feathers/down. 

k studio Everyday People Square Pillow - Natural w/ red stitch @ Design Public ($152)

All k studios pillows are handcrafted with care in Grand Rapids, Mich., from sustainable materials like organic cotton, recycled wool and hemp. This whimsical, 18" square charmer is made from organic cotton with a feather/down insert. 

Sea Fan Chilli EcoArt Pillow @ Wabisabi Green ($68/$74)

Part of a line of beautiful, nautical-themed throw pillows from Wabisabi Green, this coral keeper is designed, handprinted and made in the US of A. The cover is organic cotton twill and you can choose between organic kapok fiber or EcoFiber (made from recycled plastic bottles) for the insert fill. 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Pillow talk
This autumn, cozy up in bed — or on the couch — with these earth-friendly throw pillows for around the house.