Caring for Kapok
Being a natural fiber there is compaction over time however Kapok possesses the unique ability to ‘puff back up’ when placed in sunlight. Therefore regular airing/refreshing is super good for you and your pillows and mattress [monthly or as needed is preferable but not critical].
Kapok is also naturally anti-bacterial therefore dust/bed mites cannot live in them and being moisture resistant it will not soak up your sweat nor mould. You can place pillows in a dryer on low with a tennis ball or two for about 15mins. Care instructions are on the label.
Pictured: Mattresses Before Sunning (1.) and After Sunning (2.)
There is no need to beat kapok, in fact beating breaks-down the natural fibre faster. Kapok is happy to be pushed and moved into your desired shape.
You can adjust the amount of fill in your pillow by unzipping or unpicking the stitched opening and removing the fibre (stitched openings will require re-sewing the seam). Keep your Kapok aside in a clip-lock bag or jar in case you want to add it again in the future. Or you can use it to stuff an environmentally friendly doll or you can line a beanie, gloves or neck warmer for thermal protection.
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Pictured: Pillow range, Hand Stitched (1.) Organic Cotton Shell with Zip (2.)
Pillows and mattresses filled with Kapok have many advantages over their conventional counterparts. Kapok fiber is lightweight, chemical free and hypo-allergenic. Kapok is a natural fiber and people with allergies or asthma should be aware of this. We are happy to send you a free sample, just email us OK. email@example.com
Kapok even floats because of its short light hollow fibers, popular in Mae West type life vests and yachts pillows and mattresses. Kapok is the most environmentally friendly, economical, sustainable, natural, chemical free, non-toxic, fairly traded, naturally organic, vegan eco-fiber.
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Why did you start this business?
Having slept on kapok during my many visits to Indonesia over the last 25 years I noted a lack of comfortable, sustainable, vegan, non-toxic, durable [10-20 years] yet compostable, hypo-allergenic, revivable, lightweight, soft yet supportive pillows that can also be firm when tightly packed as in mattresses, not animal by-product, that is naturally anti-bacterial [dust mites can’t live in it], moisture resistant [wont soak up your sweat], naturally organic fiber pillows, mattresses, doona’s and sleep body pillows, that is not rock solid like latex is, on the market here in Australia. Latex is the only other natural medium that comes close to ticking all the boxes that kapok does but it is very unforgiving to sleep on. Buckwheat pillows are limited in availability, heavy, fumigated and noisy beneath your head.
I had a kapok mattress and pillow as a kid and it was hard and lumpy! Why?
Some of my clients have a recollection of lumpy pillows and mattresses from their childhood. What we often did not know is that being a natural fiber there is slight compaction over time however Kapok possesses the unique ability to ‘puff back up’ when placed in sunlight. Therefore regular airing/refreshing [monthly or every 2 months] is super good for refreshing you and your pillow.
Could you please advise how your Kapok doonas can be cleaned? Can they be machine washed?
Hi and Thanks for your inquiry.
Because Kapok is naturally moisture/water resistant [will not mold, soak up sweat or spills] as well as naturally anti-bacterial [dust / bed mites cannot live in it ] then it is only the shell that may need to be washed.
If you use a doona cover then it is only the doona cover that will need washing.
So, no Kapok cannot be washed nor does it need dry cleaning.
I hope this helps.
Can you feel the join in the centre if you put two mattresses side by side?
Clients have asked me if it is possible to feel the join in the centre – my answers are; 1/ if you have a mattress protector, no. 2/ if you sleep one side of the bed or the other, no. 3/ I barely feel the join as the mattresses are the same height so another no.
Why poly-cotton shells you ask?
The reasoning is that if the Kapok fiber fill is moisture resistant and the shell is also then you can use a cotton under-blanket or mattress topper that is much easier to wash than the shell of a mattress in cases of liquid spills or sweats/perspiration.