How To Dispose of Duvets and Pillows?

In the UK, landfills receive over 14 million pillows, duvets, and mattresses each year. The Environmental Agency (EA) advises using alternative disposal techniques to protect the environment. Consider using an old pillow or duvet around your home before tossing them in the trash.

Additionally, you can give your old or unused pillows and duvets to an animal shelter or a local charity. In this manner, you can avoid throwing these things away and cut down on unwanted items in household. This blog will give detailed information on disposing of duvets and pillows.

Time to replace duvets

A duvet can last from two to five years if it is properly cared for. What it’s made of, how it was made, and how you care for it all affect how long your duvet lasts. Similar to your mattress, it’s more crucial to look at your duvet’s condition rather than its age.

Time to replace duvets

The following indications suggest that you should treat yourself to a new duvet.

  • The fill is lumpy, uneven, or stiff.
  • The casing is torn, discoloured, or otherwise harmed.
  • It smells, and washing doesn’t get rid of it.
  • When you stayed at a friend’s house or a hotel, you probably noticed how much cosier the duvet was.

Time to change pillows

Pillows endure a lot. They bear the weight of our heads all night long in addition to the moisture we exhale while we sleep and the accumulation of oils from our skin, hair, and personal care products. Because of this, experts advise that we switch out our pillows every one to two years. This is crucial for your health as well as for a more comfortable night’s sleep with better neck and shoulder support.

Can old pillows and duvets be recycled?

Recycling is a popular method that many people use to get rid of unwanted and dated goods. Make sure an item is recyclable before bringing it to the recycling facility for recycling. Duvets and pillows are made of synthetic materials, which are not recyclable, so they cannot be recycled. Because they are made from synthetic fibres and these synthetic fillings are not environmentally friendly.

Can old pillows and duvets be recycled

Duvets cannot be disposed of in the waste recycling bins. Duvets can’t be recycled, so throwing them in the recycle bin could contaminate the rest of the recyclable trash there. Duvets have synthetic fillings, which prevent them from being recycled if they mix with recyclable materials. And landfills would receive the mixture. All recyclable waste ends up in landfills when non-recyclable recyclable waste contaminates it.

What to do with old duvets and pillows?

The better way for duvets and pillows to be disposed of is by being upcycled and repurposed in new ways! Consider your old pillows as the foundation for brand-new home furnishings. You can dispose of them by upcycling like making them as home furnishing reusable things or donating them to shelters.

Donate to animal shelters

Donating your old pillows to animal shelters is the best way to recycle or dispose of them because these facilities are constantly in need of bedding for the animals. Animals frequently sleep on the ground in shelters because there isn’t enough money to buy beds and pillows. It’s awesome to give old pillows to animals in need.

Beach Mat

Beach Mat

Old duvets can be used to create a picnic or beach mat. The decision to make it waterproof or not is yours. You must sew a shower curtain liner to one side of the duvet in order to make it waterproof. When you’re outside having a picnic or at the beach, the duvets create a smooth, clean surface you can sit on.

Pet Bed

Making an old pillow and duvet is another creative upcycling idea. An old duvet, scissors, a fishing line, and a sewing machine are required. Lay the duvet on the floor, fold one edge up approximately two-thirds of the way, and leave space on the other side to create a pet bed. After that, make pillows on either side by rolling up the duvet’s two sides.

The sides of the bed can be sewn up using a sewing machine, and the front, where the duvet begins, can then be rolled up. To allow your pet to fit under the duvet, make sure there is space between the end of the pillow and the beginning of the duvet.

Sleeping Bag

An old duvet can also be used to create a sleeping bag. To do that, spread the duvet out on the floor and locate the bottom centre of the centrefold. When the zipper is open, spread the duvet out away from the centre, in any direction. Then, pin the zipper on both sides, about an inch from the bottom centre. Check to see if there is enough room between the zipper’s two edges in the middle. If so, stitch the zipper to the duvet after pinning each side to the fabric and place the old pillow in the centre.

Moving blanket

Moving blanket

To protect your furniture when moving it, use old duvets. If you’ve ever wondered how movers move and transfer furniture without scratching or chipping it. Simply wrapping the furniture in the old blankets and fastening them with stretch film is all that is required.

Projector screen

You can use a white duvet as a sizable movie screen if you need to project but do not have access to a projection room. All you need to do to create a home theatre is hang a white duvet from a string with a projector over it.

The white duvet can be used at night to set up an outdoor movie screen. A white duvet can be hung between two trees or fastened to the garden old fence.


Recycling is the best way to get rid of unwanted items, but if you need to get rid of something that can’t be recycled, you can upcycle it. We believe that reading this blog will help you learn more about getting rid of and recycling duvets and pillows. As they say, “Do everything to protect your environment,” we can protect the environment by reusing pillows and duvets rather than contaminating them by combining them with other products. Reach us out if you have any more doubts or want to remove duvets and pillows from your home.