Lighter than cotton and 100% vegan, our handmade kapok pillow cushions offer a natural pillow alternative that’s 100% customizable, sustainable, and perfectly cuddle-worthy.
Encased in our durable organic cotton twill and available in a variety of shapes and sizes, these pillows are perfect for accenting couches and guest beds.
Kapok Pillow Fiber
Kapok is a natural fiber that comes from the Ceiba Tree in Central America. Kapok fibers come from the tree’s seed pods, which shed seasonally, meaning there is no machinery required to harvest it. With a silky and fluffy consistency, kapok has the benefits of being fluffy like down, but plant-based like cotton, making it a wonderful vegan down alternative.
Zippers for Custom Kapok Pillow Firmness
Not sure how firm you like your pillows? Get your pillow with a zippered case and add or remove filling to suit your own preferences. Simply store any excess cushion material in a moisture and pest-proof container, or order more kapok fiber from our Wholesale Fibers section. When your pillows are ready for a fluffing, simply unzip, empty, and restuff.
The Organic Cotton Twill fabric used for this product is GOTS certified, imported.
Kapok Cushions History
HISTORY OF KAPOK
- Kapok fibers were in the all-natural life preservers used by G.I.s in World War II.
- In the 1920, explorers conquering Mt. Everest typically wore high-altitude boots with kapok insulation, leather outers, gaiters and crampons
- Kapok fibers are one eight (0.08) the weight of cotton.
- Kapok was one of the first ancient non-food plants cultivated across Southeast Asia.
- Kapok was routinely used for pillows before goose down; Kapok is Retro Green.
- HERE’S A GOOD ONE THAT SUPPORTS WHY KAPOK IS BETTER THAN GOOSE DOWN:
- In theory, as the down moult naturally, the birds shouldn’t mind if it’s taken. The reality: goose down is the byproduct of keeping millions of birds around the world in cages, the lion’s share before they are slaughtered for cheap meat, or foie gras. Therefore, buying down products carries the high risk of making you complicit in this industry.
- Kapok is a vegetable down. It’s been used for years in the maritime industry because of its buoyancy. In the 1940s, all sorts of items – life belts, seating cushions, mattresses — were filled with Kapok, which is water repellant and enables it to keep afloat from 30 to 35 times its weight. Ordinary cork can only support 5 times its weight. — article in Grey River Argus, 16-October 1907, which was published 107 years ago to the day!!!
- Weight: 39.36 oz
- Width: 19 in
- Height: 14 in