I just got back from a month overseas and I am so glad I took my kapok pillow. No more hard hotel pillows and thoughts of how many people and slept on this pillow before, yikes.
We are very excited to announce that our new zippered pillows with 100% certified organic cotton shells have arrived. The quality is just divine!
We are happy to add a bunch of new pillows to our site.
We still have our superior organic cotton zippered pillow but have now included one with a lower profile filled with 600g of kapok.
We have also added zippered pillows with unbleached cotton shells, and unzippered pillows for those who aren't as fussed about the thickness of their pillow.
Yes the zip on our pillows makes them fully adjustable with only the slide of a zipper, no messy and time consuming unpicking and re sewing seams.
All you need to do to open the pillow shell is shake the pillow to get the kapok away from the zip so it can slide smoothly, slide open the zip and remove or add as much kapok as you wish.
As your pillow settles you may wish to add more kapok bit by bit over time until you get it just right.
The pillow tailored for you by you!
I have attended two successful trade shows this year in Melbourne and Sydney and I plan to do more next year. Watch my blog for details so you can come and see me (and of course my wonderful pillows) there.
I just received the most wonderful feedback for my kapok pillows. The gentleman raves about how kapok pillows alleviate his neck pain. I have had other feedback to the same effect which is just reinforcing what I have heard about kapok. I love my kapok pillow (took it with me on holiday recently) but I don't suffer from neck pain so it is good to get this feedback.
I was very sorry to hear recently from my lovely kapok supplier that the plantation she and her family have been growing for two years in the hopes that they can have it certified organic, was destroyed in the Sumatran earthquake. They are in the process of rebuilding, but it will probably take years for the kapok trees to re grow.
Treat your loved one to a superior quality kapok pillow.
They have a fine quality white cotton shell with piping around the edge and some have zips.
They are filled with the best quality kapok fibre which is hand sorted here in Australia.
They are beautifully packaged.
In fact we have sold many kapok pillows as gifts. Some for people who have owned and loved a kapok pillow, and some for first timers. The best story was when a man bought one of our pillows for his grandmother who had been upset when her daughter had thrown out her kapok pillow that she had cherished for many years.
According to a website I read recently, discarded pillows create over 10 million tons of landfill per year!
Now I don't know how accurate this is, but if it's anywhere near that amount then something needs to be done about it. It is advised that you replace you pillow every six months. Now I know that most people don't do that, but maybe every couple of years they do. Although in tropical climates you would probably have to because they go mouldy.
As mentioned in my previous blog, kapok pillows last for a really long time (well the kapok does anyway) so they are not only cost effective, but you are doing a great service to the environment by keeping them out of landfill.
The great thing about our zippered pillow is that eventually when the pillow shell gets yucky you can simply replace it. Yes just take the kapok out and put it in a new pillow shell (I will list empty pillow shells on my on line shop shortly). Not only much cheaper than buying a good quality new pillow, but also a lot less goes into landfill. You could even use the empty pillow shell as a rag to get the most use out of it.
These days we are such a throw away race. Let's try to curb that a little bit with buying sustainable products.
I had a call from a man today who was looking for a kapok pillow because he had finally thrown his out after forty years! Yes kapok kapok pillows last that long or even longer. My mother has had hers for forty years and it was second hand when she got it. The reason it lasts so long is because of the incredible feature of kapok fibre being resistant to moister. This means that it doesn't go mouldy and disintegrate like other fibres. Also the fact that it is naturally resistant to dust mites means that they can't soil it helping the kapok stay naturally clean.
Anyway I have had other similar phone calls and emails and it is another reason why I recommend kapok pillows to every body. Along with all there great features they are also cost effective because they last for so long.
Recently I noticed some kapok pillow care instructions on the internet and there were a few points I disagreed with so I thought I would post my ideas here.
Using a pillow protector was mentioned. I don't think this is necessary as the kapok does not escape from the pillow shell, and I believe that three layers of fabric between you and the kapok (pillow shell, protector and pillow case) would impede the malleability of the pillow, which I have mentioned before is one of the kapok pillow best features.
Also dry cleaning was mentioned as a preferable way to clean your pillow. I would advise against dry cleaning because for one it is unnessasary, and two it uses toxic chemicals. I assume that even if you found a 'green' dry cleaner they would still have to use some toxic chemicals. Kapok has natural antibacterial qualities, but I advise airing your pillow in the sun as often as possible, about once a month should suffice, as this cleanses the pillow and freshens it. Once a year you can wash your pillow so as to give your pillow shell a wash as they can get a bit stained. Wash the pillow in a front loader on a gentle setting. Spin dry twice on the fastest setting though to get as much of the water out as possible. Then tumble dry on warm with three tennis balls. The tennis balls are important as they pummel the kapok and stop it going lumpy.
For regular maintanance I fluff my pillow by hand every night before going to bed. I also fluff it in the dryer or the sun about once a week. For fluffing on the dryer use a warm setting for ten minutes. I was away for a weekend recently with some one who had been using one of my kapok pillows for awhile. She could not believe how much it fluffed up with a few minutes in the dryer.
It is such a good feeling to not have to worry about dust mites and mildew with my kapok pillow!
I'm very excited to be writing my first blog!
I have been working with kapok for a number of years now and I just love it!
I can't live without my pillow, and it just gets better with age. I have mine filled with 700g and fluff it in the sun about once every week or two, or in winter put it in the dryer for a bit. This keeps it just fluffy enough, while keeping it's malleability. The fact that it is malleable is brilliant, it means that when I am lying on my side I can dig a little hole for my ear and it stays there, otherwise I get a squashed ear. I used to go to sleep with my hand under my head and my ear between my thumb and finger so my ear wouldn't get squashed. Weird uh. Also when I am lying on my back I can scrunch the pillow to support my neck. Absolute bliss! If I wake in the night (I usually do once or sometimes twice) I sometimes flip my pillow over and then I have a nice high bit for support that I just have to adjust a bit to get right.