Kapok is a silky fiber harvested in the rainforests of the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, tropical America and Africa. After the ripe pods of the tree are harvested, the seeds are removed and the fluffy fiber is meticulously cleaned and dried.
Kapok is an alternative to conventional pillow stuffing. It is soft like down, yet supportive — rivaling buckwheat in its efficiency. It helps preserve rainforests and the indigenous people who harvest it.
Unfortunately, kapok pillows can only be sold as decorative items in the U.S., because they are not treated for flammability. Federal law prohibits the sale of untreated natural fibers for use in products intended for sleeping. We feel this is unnecessary — see our examination of the issue of fire retardant chemicals.
Kapok pillows are available from Amazon.