Organic kapok in an organic cotton casing
This vegan pillow offers luxurious softness and “fluffability” without the feathers. It’s the perfect plant-based alternative to down and is considered our most plush (and popular) pillow.
Customize Your Fill
Our customizable organic pillows come intentionally overstuffed. Open the inner case and remove as much fill as desired to adjust the height and overall feel of the pillow.
Removable Outer Casing
You may handwash the outer organic cotton flannel pillowcase in cold water and line dry.
Materials: Organic Cotton
Organic cotton is generally defined as cotton that is grown organically from non-genetically modified plants, and without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides.
Organic cotton has many advantages over conventionally grown cotton:
Farmers are not controlled by Genetically Modified Corporations
Farmers who buy GMO seeds must pay licensing fees and sign contracts that dictate how they can grow the crop. The small-scale farmers who produce the majority of our cotton face high risks such as an increased use of pesticides (GMO Corporation promised a reduced use of pesticides but actually the use of chemicals stayed the same or increased) and bigger costs (the seed which farmers have to buy from seed companies every year are much more expensive than conventional hybrid seed; farmer also have to spend much more on pesticides and other farm inputs).
Organic cotton puts choices in the farmer’s hands.
No hazardous and dangerous pesticides used
GMO agriculture has led to superweeds and superpests that are extraordinarily difficult for farmers to manage.
As organic cotton farmers around the world demonstrate every day, cotton can be grown without pesticides. By eliminating all hazardous synthetic pesticides in its production organic cotton offers a healthy and sustainable farming future for farmers and their families. Organic takes the toxic impact out of producing cotton.
It enables farmers to grow other crops for food and income
Organic farmers grow a diversity of crops to maintain healthy and fertile soils and fight off pests. By diversifying crops, farmers can also diversify their income. Growing food or other crops helps insure organic farmers against crop failure, climate variability, price volatility and changes in market demand.
Organic cotton uses less water, preserving a scarce and precious resource for the future
Organic farming practices create healthy soils which make better use of water inputs and are more resilient in drought conditions. By eliminating the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilisers, organic cotton keeps waterways and drinking water safe and clean. The water pollution impact of organic has been shown to be 98% less than non-organic cotton production.
Combats climate change
Organic cotton farming uses less energy and healthy organic soils store more carbon.
Organic cotton farmers are doing their bit to combat climate change. By eliminating the use of manufactured fertilisers and pesticides and reducing nitrogen inputs, organic cotton growing produces up to 94% less greenhouse gas emissions. By maintaining their health, organic practices turn soils into a carbon ‘sink’, removing CO2 from the atmosphere.
The word kapok refers both to the tree and to the fibre it produces, which is also known as silk cotton or Java cotton. The hair-like fibres that surround the kapok seeds are best used as a stuffing, where they have several advantages over more commonly used materials. Kapok fibres on their own are not suitable for spinning into yarn, as they are too smooth, slippery and brittle.
Kapok is similar to cotton in that both fibres are found around the plant seeds, rather than extracted from the stem or leaves.
Native to Central America, kapok is now widely spread in rainforests around the world and is grown commercially in Java, Thailand and other countries.
Kapok is a majestic rainforest tree that grows up to 60 metres tall and towers over other rainforest trees. This huge tree needs to be stabilized by buttresses, making it very wide and up to 3 metres in diameter. The trunk and large branches often have very large thorns. The canopy supports a large variety of plants and animals.
Harvesting kapok is labour intensive. The ripe unopened pods are normally harvested by knocking them off the tree, but they can also be cut from the tree or harvested when they fall to the ground. Soon after harvest the fruits are hulled and seed and fibre are removed from the pods by hand. The seeds lie loose in the floss and, with the help of some beating they fall to the bottom of the container where they are easily separated. A fully grown plantation tree yields about 15 kg of fibre a year. Kapok is also useful as a source of timber, which is its main current use
Kapok fibres are lustrous, yellowish brown and made of a mix of lignin and cellulose.
Kapok has some remarkable characteristics:
- Light weight: the hollow core makes kapok very light, 8 times lighter than cotton by volume.
- Buoyant: the waxy coating helps repel water, and air bubbles are usually trapped in lumen, making kapok 5 times more buoyant than cork. Kapok can support as much as 30 times its weight in water. In the past, kapok was used to fill life jackets.
- Bounciness: kapok resists clumping (i.e. it does not become lumpy) it also bounces back to the original shape after washing, a useful property when stuffing soft toys. It is traditionally used for stuffing teddy bears, giving them quite a different feel to modern polyester stuffing.
- Packs down firmly: this characteristic makes kapok useful to stuff meditation cushions.
- Slippery: the waxy coating also makes kapok slippery, it therefore easily adjusts to shape, for example of the head on a pillow.
- Warm: the cell structure allows it to trap air making kapok a good fibre to use for insulation.
- Environmentally friendly: unlike polyester stuffing, kapok is a natural biodegradable fibre. It can be reused many times without developing mould or decaying.
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B Corporation certification (also known as B Lab certification or B Corp certification) is a private certification issued to for-profit companies by B Lab, a global nonprofit organization with offices in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a partnership in Latin America with Sistema B. To be granted and to preserve certification, companies must receive a minimum score on an online assessment for “social and environmental performance”, satisfy the requirement that the company integrate B Lab commitments to stakeholders into company governing documents, and pay an annual fee ranging from $500 to $50,000.
The B Lab certification is a third party standard requiring companies to meet social sustainability and environmental performance standards, meet accountability standards, and to be transparent to the public according to the score they receive on the assessment. B Lab certification applies to the whole company across all product lines and issue areas. For-profits of all legal business structures are eligible for certification.
GOTS – Global Organic Textile Standard
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognized requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.
Textile processors and manufacturers are enabled to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets.