Certified organic cotton shells. Fabric woven in South Carolina. Inserts made in North Carolina. A five inch zipper in the covers allows for kapok to be added or removed.
These make excellent travel and toddler pillows, too!
Inserts shipped outside the 48 contiguous states will be subject to a shipping cost surcharge. Contact us for a quote.
These pillows can be machine washed and tumbled dry or just put outside in the sun for a few hours. Unlike inserts with wool or cotton fill, kapok will not clump. Refluff by hand, a stick or a tennis ball in the dryer. Vegan and all natural.
About kapok fiber, which is the fill:
The silky down that is inside the seeds of a silk-cotton tree named the kapok tree.
(kapok tree), Ceiba pentandra, of the East Indies, Africa, and
tropical America: It is used for stuffing pillows, life jackets and for acoustical insulation in many Eastern countries. However, due to flame retardancy laws in the States, it is no longer used for mattress and furniture cushion filling.
Origin: 1740; < Javanese (or Malay of Java and Sumatra)
kapuk the name of the tree]
Kapok is extracted from the seedpod of the kapok tree.
The tree is grown chiefly in mainland Asia and in Indonesia.
Sometimes called silk cotton or Java cotton, kapok fiber is moisture-resistant, quick-drying, resilient, buoyant, lightweight, completely hypo-allergenic, dust mite and mold resistant and odorless.
Kapok's superior resilient qualities are in its very growing. Kapok,
an epiphyte plant, gets its nutrients from the air, which it uses to
create fine, air-filled tubes of golden silky fiber. Therefore,
chemicals are not needed for this crop to grow. Nor is the ground tilled,
which keeps the rainforest alive and healthy. This also provides
sustainable jobs in the rainforest.
It can support as much as 30 times its own weight in water and
loses only 10 percent of buoyancy over a 30-day period. It is
eight times lighter than cotton and, thanks to its vacuum fibers,
extremely thermal-insulating. Since kapok fiber is lightweight, non-
allergic, non-toxic, resistant to mold and mildew rot and is
odorless, it is starting to become more popular here in the States. Unfortunately, due the fact that it is inelastic and too fragile, it can't be spun into yarns. Its outstanding characteristics of
lightness, impermeability, thermal-insulation and eco-naturality are very appealing to people with allergies, chemical sensitivities and a desire to use natural and sustainable resources.