Kapok is a fibrous material that comes from deciduous trees of the same name, which are native throughout South American and West African rain forests. The tree is easily identifiable due to its large and spiky trunk. Kapok fibers are also called ‘java cotton’ and ‘silk cotton,’ and they come from the seedpod. Fully grown kapok trees can produce up to 15 kilograms of fiber annually. The fibers are used to make kapok pillows, which can be an alternative to down and synthetic cotton pillows. Natural pillows are considered healthier compared to their synthetic versions. Kapok pillows themselves may be preferred by individuals who may be allergic to feathers or prefer to sleep on a cruelty-free surface. They are environmentally friendly, too, since they are made of naturally biodegradable materials that are free of toxic chemicals.
Pillows that are stuffed with organic kapok are ultra-soft, providing a soothing air-like feel. Kapok pillows are hypoallergenic, making them suitable for sleepers who still want the sensation of sleeping on down pillows without risking exposure to allergens. High-quality Organic kapok pillows are covered in a smooth and soft organic cotton sateen zippered casing, which can be opened to add more kapok or reduce the amount of filling. This way, you get an adjustable pillow that will match your level of comfort.
Kapok pillows may be softer and feel silkier than cotton, but they are rather resilient and can easily restore their original state. The waxy waterproof coating on kapok makes it slippery, so it easily adjusts to the shape of your head. At the same time, it will resist clumping. However, it is advisable to fluff them as often as you can to make sure that the fibers are redistributed evenly throughout the pillow. Keep in mind that kapok pillows can quickly flatten over time, but this can easily be remedied by putting them in the dryer on air or adding more filling to them after several months.