IT’S GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

Sometimes, having the right pillow can make a major difference in your sleeping posture, which affects your ability to sleep and your body's performance the following day. 

There are many pillows available which boast good body support, but for the environmentally conscious consumer, an eco friendly kapok pillow may be the ticket. All Natural Kapok pillows with 100% cotton soft covering are all natural, hypo-allergenic organic pillows hand tufted using tropical Kapok fiber with absolutely no chemicals used. Kapok is a very light and fluffy fiber made from tree seeds, and makes for an amazingly comfortable yet firm pillow filling. Covered with 100% organic cotton, Kapok fiber pillows come in different sizes: 18 x 28 (Standard). 
In addition to Kapok natural pillows, and also a natural, chic, sassy and eco-friendly product.The branch design on each pillow is hand screen-printed onto hemp which mimics and feels like fine linen.Each pillow is also stuffed with sustainable Kapok, providing a deluxe feel of down feathers without the need for feathers.

Kapok pillows are a great natural pillow option for your green bedroom.Sustainably harvested, kapok is a really soft cotton like fiber that is a great natural pillow filling. Kapok pillows are a great way to keep the toxins away from your skin while you sleep. Some of these kapok pillows even have organic cotton covers, making them even better for your green bedroom.


What is Kapok ?

KAPOK is a fantastic fibre that is soft yet supportive. It is a wonderful lightweight alternative to toxic synthetics which were modelled on the magical properties and abilities of KAPOK. Naturally organic KAPOK is also malleable and able to be shaped. Kapok is the most environmentally friendly, economical, fairly traded naturally organic eco fibre fill for pillows, bolsters, cushions, doonas and mattresses.

Kapok fibre is moisture resistant and it does not mould. It has its own anti-bacterial properties given by nature which gives Kapok its hypo-allergenic status. Kapok is firmer than sponge yet soft and malleable because of its hollow fibres. Slight compaction will occur over time but Kapok will 'Fluff up' by being placed in direct sunlight. Fortnightly is preferable but not critical.

Kapok is a wonderful lightweight sustainable alternative to chemically treated cotton and synthetics. Naturally organic Kapok is also malleable and able to be shaped to your body. Your cushions will return to its shape simply by being puffed up. Kapok is the most environmentally friendly, non-toxic, economical, fair trade natural fiber fill for pillows etc.

Our range includes bolster, pillows and cushions only. We offer kapok fiber in varying quantities for you to create your own fabulous kapok products. Ideal non-toxic fill for soft toys. 

Kapok is moisture resistant and hypo-allergenic. These pillows will 'fluff' up when placed in direct sunlight. Fortnightly is preferable but not critical.


How-To Care for Your Natural Pillow ?

A natural fiber pillow such as Kapok requires little effort to keep it clean and comfy. The main thing to remember is they are not designed to be machine washed and dried like a synthetic pillow. Instead, we suggest using non-wash methods for keeping your natural pillow free of sweat, dust and allergens, as well as, maintaining its loft. For best results follow these simple care tips:

Here at Enthusia Resources we’ve been selling Kapok pillows for many years and always offer this advice to our customers: Don’t wash your Kapok pillow.  We’ve found that this fiber will permanently clump and sometimes turn brittle when washed, making the pillow not useable. Instead, we suggest:

  • Cover your Kapok pillow first with a zippered pillow protector and then with a pillow case. These 2 layers of fabric will greatly reduce sweat and dust from getting into the fiber. Wash the cases weekly.
  • Kapok fiber naturally deters dust mites; however, cotton pillow cases do not so remember to wash your pillow protector and pillow cases on a regular basis. This will help prevent dust mite allergens.
  • Keeping Kapok free of moisture and dust will prolong the fiber’s performance. Keep in mind silky soft kapok will naturally compact over time.  Fluffing your pillow will help revive the loft. When choosing a Kapok pillow consider an adjustable style – one with a zippered case that allows you to remove or add fiber as needed.
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A Healthy Pillow
Source: Christine Chamberlin

If you’re committed to living an organic lifestyle, you eat organic foods and have probably replaced toxic household cleaners with products that are safer for your health. Time now to move on and create a healthier environment in the one room where you spend one-third of your life: your bedroom. 

Look no further than the pillow you place under your head each night. If it’s made with synthetic materials you could be sleeping with toluene, diisocyanate, formaldehyde, PBDEs and petroleum derivatives. Toss that pillow into the recycling bin and get a better night’s sleep on something that is all natural or organic from the inside out.

Before the 1950s and the advent of poly-fiberfill people slept on pillows made from materials found in nature, heavenly sleep conducive fibers and fills like goose down, cotton, natural latex, wool. Rest your head on any of these natural fibers and you’ll notice an immediate difference in your quality of sleep each night. 

Some fibers like wool enhance deep REM sleep by wicking moisture away from your head, keeping you cooler so you toss and turn less often. A latex contour pillow or buckwheat hull pillow will support your neck and shoulders. Matching your sleep preference to the right fiber and pillow configuration is like finding the right toothbrush, it’s very personal. 

Which organic pillow is right for you?
Do you prefer a soft or firm pillow? Are you vegan looking to stay away from animal products? Do you have allergies? Looking for a washable kid-proof pillow? With so many choices there’s a pillow for everyone.

Cotton Pillows – As old-fashioned as a pillow can get. These are the pillows your grandparents slept with every night. Cotton is pure and natural and if it is made with organic cotton, can be a great pillow material for anyone with chemical sensitivities. 

Cotton does not "grow mold" with age like down and feathers, and has the ability to "breathe" during warm weather unlike synthetic pillows. You’ll enjoy a cooler and more comfortable night's sleep on a cotton pillow.

Cotton pillows start out puffy and over time tamp down to become pretty firm. Avoid “green cotton” pillows because they have a strong odor. 

Wool Pillows – Odd as it may sound to rest your head on wool, this material – as a pillow fill - actually aids in sleeping comfort. Wool has a natural moisture wicking ability so your head stays cool while you rest; you toss and turn less often staying in deep REM sleep longer. 

This natural ability to reduce the moisture level in your pillow inhibits mold and mildew from forming. Best of all, dust mites cannot thrive in wool making it a great alternative for people with allergies.

Wool pillows are light and puffy, making them a great alternative to down. You can choose either sheep’s wool or alpaca wool, which is lighter and warmer.

Natural Latex Pillows – Natural rubber or natural latex as it is more commonly called, is an ideal choice for pillows because it is flexible, provides good support, and lasts a good long time. Natural latex absorbs moisture and regulates heat, circulates air and inhibits the growth of mold or mildew.

Latex foam is made from milk harvested by tapping the Hevea brasiliensis or the common rubber tree. Hevea milk contains an antibacterial substance that is a natural dust-mite repellent. 

Choose latex pillows that have either a solid latex core for firm support, a contour shape to mold to your neck and shoulders, or shredded latex to simulate the puffiness of down. 

Hypodown® Pillows – Patented by the Ogallala Comfort Company, Hypodown is an alternative to pure down. According to the Ogallala web site, their pillow fill is hypoallergenic and they say all their tests show that people who are allergic to down can sleep with Hypodown and not have allergic reactions. 

Hypodown is a mix of 80% goose down and 20% Syriaca clusters. Syriaca clusters come from the Asclepias plant, commonly known as milkweed. Dust mites don’t like the milkweed.

Ogallala says they harvest their down from farm-raised geese during the natural molting season.

Silk Pillows – A fiber with an impressive 3,000 years history. Luxurious and soft, silk pillows are lighter than air. Silk floss unlike cotton and wool, is made up of extremely long fibers, making silk one of the strongest of natural fibers. 

Silk fill doesn’t bunch up and has a natural ability to breathe. Silk conforms to your head and shoulders, regulates body temperature, and provides surprising comfort year-round. 

Buckwheat or Millet Hull Pillows – Grain filled pillows have been used in Asian countries for centuries. They help eliminate stiff neck, shoulder pain, back pain, restlessness, headaches, and sometimes even snoring. 

That’s because buckwheat or millet hull pillows mold to the contours of your head, neck and shoulders exactly. Sleeping with a buckwheat/millet hull pillow elevates your head for proper alignment, and cradles your neck / head with steady, gentle support. 

One big disadvantage: a buckwheat hull pillow is noisy. Look for pillows made with a layer of wool to muffle the sound. Millet hulls are not as noisy.

Kapok Pillows - For those who want the feeling of down without the allergy discomforts, this is a good pillow. Harvested in the rainforest, kapok is a fiber extracted from the seedpod of the kapok tree, which provides the touch and comfort of down. Kapok pillows are lighter than cotton, soft, and yet supportive. 

Where can you buy organic pillows?
Finding all-natural or organic pillows is not as difficult as you might think if you shop online and many health food stores carry vegan pillows.