Kapok Pillow Inserts

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Certified organic cotton shells. Fabric woven in South Carolina. Kapok filling- not treated with with chemical flame retardants or any other nasty chemicals. 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! Contact us for a shipping quote when ordering four or more. Shipping prices per insert go down with volume.

These pillows can be machine washed 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. They make great travel, toddler and pet pillows, too!

About kapok fiber, which is the fill:

The silky down that is inside the seeds of a silk-cotton tree named the kapok tree of the East Indies, Africa, and tropical America 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.

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.

Volume discounts on inserts and shipping for 12 or more. Contact us for quote at 617-875-9660.