3 Luxurious Organic Kapok Pillows (All Natural)

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Looking for the perfect pillow to fill your sustainable organic cotton or bamboo pillowcase? Ever considered kapok?

I briefly touched upon kapok in my organic natural pillows article.

However, it’s gaining in popularity as a filler material for pillows so quickly that I feel it’s time to dedicate an entire article to the best organic kapok pillows available in the U.S. right now.

The pillows I’ve tested and recommended for this article are made using natural materials and are perfect for people who want a comfortable and healthy sleep.

Read on to discover precisely what kapok is, why it’s becoming so popular, and why you need it in your bedroom ASAP!

So whether you’re looking for a soft and fluffy pillow or one that offers firm support, I’ve got you covered!

Best Kapok Pillows for Non-Toxic Nights

Key Facts

Fill: 70% GOLS organic latex, 30% GOTS organic kapok
Cover: GOTS certified organic cotton 
Firmness: Medium-Plush
Sleep Trial: 100 nights
Warranty: One year

They Say: Our lovable non-toxic pillow has an adjustable fill, made from GOLS certified organic latex and GOTS certified organic kapok. The fill is stuffed within an inner organic cotton liner. The liner lives inside a machine-washable, zippered GOTS organic cotton quilted cover. Our Green Pillow delivers a natural, fresh, medium-plush feel. GREENGUARD Gold certified, vegan, and handmade in Los Angeles.

We Say: I picked the Avocado Green Pillow as the ’Best Organic Kapok Pillow’ in my natural pillows article, and my opinion has not changed for this article.

Even after testing a bunch of new organic kapok pillows, this cracker from the superheroes at Avocado still stood out as the best.

In the past, I’ve used/recommended Avocado for mattress toppers, crib mattresses, mattresses, mattress protectors, dog beds, furniture, and bedding.

Avocado is a Certified B Corporation (B Corp), a committed member of 1% For The Planet, and Climate Neutral Certified.

This GREENGUARD Gold Certified pillow is handmade in California in Avocado’s own GOTS and GOLS certified factory.

The organic cotton casing is luxuriously soft.

The mix of 70% latex and 30% kapok gives a firmness level perfect for my needs (medium-firm with a small amount of give).

A one-year warranty covers your purchase, and you get 100 nights to test out this organic cotton pillow at home before deciding whether to keep or return it.

Key Facts

Fill: 100% kapok
Cover: Organic cotton sateen
Firmness: Soft, Medium, Firm
Sleep Trial: 120 nights
Warranty: One year

They Say: A soft, organic cotton casing, filled with our natural Kapok fiber. The pillow has a half-seam in the center of it, creating a dip for your head, and leaving a lip on either side to support your neck. To adjust the firmness of your KaPillow is easy — just unzip it, and add or remove filling as you see fit.

We Say: White Lotus Home is a small business trying to make a big difference to the planet.

I’ve used/recommended them in the past for bean bag chairs and futon mattresses, and now it’s the turn of the excellent KaPillow.

The KaPillow is one of the most customizable pillows on the market.

It’s available in three different sizes and three different firmnesses. You can customize the firmness further by removing or adding extra filling to suit your needs (great for neck support).

Even when fully stuffed, this pillow was slightly too soft for me. However,  Mrs. M said it was perfect for her. So it’s definitely down to personal taste.

That’s the beauty of this pillow. You can play around with the firmness until you find what’s perfect for you.

Due to the low order volumes (under 3 tonnes) from the supplier, the kapok used is not officially certified as organic. However, it’s the same high-quality fiber that would be certified as organic if White Lotus Home ordered in bulk (something I believe they’re planning on doing in the future).

Free shipping is available on all U.S. orders, and you have 120 nights to try the KaPillow out at home.

Key Facts

Fill: 70% GOLS organic latex, 30% GOTS organic kapok
Cover: 100% GOTS certified organic cotton
Firmness: Medium-firm
Sleep Trial: 30 nights
Warranty: One year

They Say: The Lilypad hypoallergenic kids pillow is plush and resilient, the perfect place to rest a sleepy head at night. A combination of silky-smooth GOTS-certified organic kapok and GOLS-certified organic natural latex (CU861640) ribbons are great for cuddling, and the slim, low-profile design is just right for children.

We Say: Brentwood Home is owned by Avocado, and I’m delighted that it shares the same ethics and obsession with quality, non-toxic materials as its parent company.

I first came across Brentwood home when reviewing their excellent yoga mat and I’ve gone on to use/recommend them for mattress protectors, bean bag chairs, and mattresses.

The Lilypad is a superb pillow for kids. It’s hypoallergenic, so it's the perfect choice for little ones with allergies.

The latex ribbons add a bit of firmness and support, giving the pillow a medium-firm overall feel.

The Lilypad is available in one size (19″ x 26″) and is basically a smaller kid-friendly version of the Avocado Green Pillow.

You get a 30-night sleep trial, and your purchase is covered against manufacturing defects for one year.

If you’re looking for a natural and organic pillow for your child, the Brentwood Home Lilypad is a winner!

Kapok 101

Kapok is a tree that grows in tropical rainforests. The tree can grow up to 200 feet tall. The kapok fiber comes from the seed pods.

The kapok tree is also known as the “tree of life” because it’s so useful. Every part of the tree can be utilized when harvested.

Kapok fiber is light, soft, and buoyant. It’s often used as a stuffing material for pillows and mattresses.

It’s also used to manufacture upholstery, insulation, and even life jackets!

Kapok is an excellent vegan alternative to down and feathers. It has very similar properties but is 100% vegan friendly.

Kapok Pillow Pros

There are many reasons why kapok is becoming so popular as a pillow material, including:

  • Lightweight: Kapok is very light. Making it perfect for people who want a pillow that’s not too heavy.
  • Fluffy: Kapok filling can be produced to be incredibly fluffy. Giving the pillow a soft and luxurious feel.
  • Supportive: As well as being lightweight and fluffy, kapok can also be used to make supportive pillows that can help keep your spine aligned and relieve pressure points.
  • Breathable: Kapok is a naturally breathable fiber. This helps to keep you cool and comfortable while you sleep.
  • Hypoallergenic: Kapok is also naturally hypoallergenic. This makes it an excellent choice for people with allergies or sensitivities.
  • Organic And Chemical-Free: Kapok grows well without the need for pesticides.
  • Mold And Mildew-Resistant: Kapok filling has a natural resistance to mold and mildew, providing you keep it dry.

Kapok Pillow Cons

  • Availability: Kapok is still not as widely available in the U.S. as other sustainable fabrics and fibers. However, this is quickly changing as more and more manufacturers see its potential.
  • Price: These availability issues can sometimes increase the price of kapok pillow fill. Also, quality sustainable products are almost always more expensive than mass-produced imports from countries with lower ethical standards than the U.S.

Caring For Kapok Pillows

  • Always use pillow cases (organic cotton or bamboo are my favorites) to protect your organic kapok pillow from stains and damage
  • When the pillow case is dirty, wash it in a washing machine (using eco-friendly laundry detergent) along with the rest of your bedding. Remember to wait until you have a full load and use the eco setting where applicable.
  • Line dry if possible. This saves energy, and the sun’s UV rays act as a natural germ killer and deodorizer.
  • If your organic kapok pillow gets dirty, spot clean it with a small amount of water and mild dish soap. Then immediately hang outside to dry.
  • Some kapok pillows are machine washable at low temperatures. Always consult the care label for clarification.

Kapok Sustainability

Kapok harvesting originated in Madagascar but quickly became endangered due to overfarming and destructive farming techniques.

Nowadays, the bulk of kapok growing and harvesting happens in and around Thailand, using sustainable methods.

The tree is fast-growing and regenerates quickly. It also doesn’t require the use of pesticides or herbicides to grow well.

The kapok tree is an important part of the rainforest ecosystem. It provides food and shelter for many animals, including monkeys, birds, and even sloths!

Kapok can be easily harvested sustainably. The fiber is usually hand-harvested from the tree, causing no damage to the tree and no harm to the animals living in it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Kapok Organic Pillows Get Dust Mites?

No, scientific studies have proven that kapok is naturally dust mite resistant.

Does A Kapok Organic Pillow Smell?

Pillows containing 100% kapok do not smell. Pillows containing a mix of kapok and other materials (such as latex or memory foam) might initially give off a faint odor. To eliminate these odors more quickly, follow the off-gassing tips in this article.

How Long Do Kapok Pillows Last?

A kapok pillow can last for years or even decades with proper care. You should only need to replace your pillow if it’s no longer easy to get it clean or you notice a reduction in the level of support it gives.

What Are The Best Organic Materials For A Kapok Pillow Cover?

I like a quilted organic cotton casing for its luxurious feel, and Mrs. M swears by bamboo for its temperature regulation (especially on a body pillow or side sleeper pillow).

The Final Word

Kapok is a sustainable material grown without pesticides or fertilizers. You can rest easy knowing that you are helping the environment by choosing one of the pillows mentioned in this article.

Kapok pillows are an excellent choice if you’re looking for a naturally dust mite-resistant and long-lasting pillow.

Be sure to spot-clean your pillow as needed and fluff it up periodically to keep it in top condition

If you do need to wash your kapok pillow, machine-wash it on the delicate cycle in cold water and hang it to dry.

With proper care, your pillow will give you years of comfortable sleep.

Get In Touch

Are you considering a move away from the synthetic materials and harmful chemicals of traditional pillows?

Is this the first you’re hearing about kapok? Or are you already a convert? If so, how much do you love your kapok pillow? Have I missed your favorite brand?

Do you have any killer kapok care tips? What pillow case material do you prefer (organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, etc.)? Drop me a line and let me know.

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James is a senior editor at The Roundup and has been in journalism for over 10 years. He was born in the UK but raised in Florida, where he currently lives with his wife and two daughters. James is passionate about sustainable living and environmental issues which are reflected by his work as an editor of TheRoundup.org.
James Miller
James is a senior editor at The Roundup and has been in journalism for over 10 years. He was born in the UK but raised in Florida, where he currently lives with his wife and two daughters. James is passionate about sustainable living and environmental issues which are reflected by his work as an editor of TheRoundup.org.

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