Kapok fiber (also known as Java cotton, ceiba, or Java kapok) is a natural stuffing for pillows, bedding, and upholstery that are made from the fibers of a kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra). Kapok is a large tree that can be found in tropical forests. To harvest the fiber, the pods of the tree are opened and the seed and fiber are removed. They are then stirred in a basket where the seeds fall to the bottom and are removed from the fiber. This fiber can be used as a natural plant-based alternative to down feather pillow stuffing. Kapok pillows are soft, plush, and compress easily. The fiber is so soft and airy that it is also referred to as silk cotton.
Kapok fiber is moisture-resistant due to its natural wax coating, quick-drying, resilient, buoyant, and airy. This makes kapok fiber excellent buoyant material for life preservers and insulation material for sound and heat.
Kapok fiber is also hypoallergenic, meaning that it is an ideal solution for those that need an allergen-free bedroom. Its moisture-resistant characteristics make the fiber resistant to harmful microorganisms that can cause mold and mildew.
Kapok fiber is an excellent pillow filling choice for those that need a natural alternative to conventional pillow filling materials such as polyester fiber, foam, and down feathers. With a zipper cover, it is easy to add more or remove fill to customize the pillow to your liking for that just-right feel. Kapok pillows can be fluffed and retain their shape well.
Here you can buy kapok fiber by the pound to insert into your kapok pillow or to use for your upholstery needs.
- Weighs one-eight as much as cotton.
- More buoyant than cork.
- Very soft and airy.
- Customizable to meet your sleep needs.
- Natural and eco-friendly.