Kapok is a gigantic tree of the tropical forest canopy and emergent layer. Common throughout the tropics, great kapok trees are native to the New World and to Africa and was transported to Asia, where it's cultivated for its soft and silky fibers — known as "Java cotton". (Harvesting of the fibers does not harm the tree.)
The 100% GOTS organic certified kapok fiber we use in our pillows is sourced from Indonesia.
Advantages of Natural Kapok Fiber
Kapok as a pillow stuffing has natural advantages, especially over petroleum-based polyester/polyurethane foams.
- Kapok is safe. It’s free of the potentially toxic materials in many foam pillows.
- Kapok is cruelty-free. The practice of gathering feathers and down for use in pillows is far from humane.
- Kapok is a compostable and biodegradable resource that reduces waste.
- Kapok is generally considered hypoallergenic.
- Kapok has no discernable odor.
- Kapok has a uniform density and, when compressed, tends to spring back into its original shape.
- Kapok is moldable and offers great support