Kapok duvets aren’t very common, yet. This increasingly popular natural fiber is super sustainable, with many more bedding companies offering comforters and duvets made with kapok. What are the pros and cons of kapok duvets, though? We take a look.
The benefits of kapok duvets
- Lighter than cotton
- Similar softness to down
- Resistant to mold
- Machine washable
- Durable (can last 20 years or more!)
- Sustainably grown and harvested (no pesticides needed)
- Thermally insulating and water-repellent
- Can be mixed with down
- Not grown in the U.S.
- Can cost more than other duvets
- Harder to find
- Needs regular fluffing to restore loft
- Oxygen-absorbing and highly flammable
If you haven’t heard of kapok, you’re in for a treat. This silky fiber is harvested from the seed pods of tropical trees called Ceiba pentandra. Kapok is sometimes known as Java cotton, silk-cotton, or ceiba and is significantly lighter than cotton. It feels very similar to down, maintains loft well, and is wonderfully insulating and sustainable.
Kapok duvets are very soft, fluffy, and luxurious. Kapok duvets are also hypoallergenic, resistant to mold, easy to wash, and dry quickly.
Kapok trees grow very fast and very tall and they yield a lot of seed pods each year. Kapok trees also grow wild, requiring very little if any cultivation. This makes kapok a sustainable crop that can provide impoverished communities with a great source of income.
The downsides of kapok duvets
The main downside to kapok is that it can be very flammable, so don’t use this duvet near heat sources and check that the duvet hasn’t been treated with any toxic flame retardants.
Kapok is also highly oxygen absorbing. This could mean that a kapok duvet isn’t a good idea for toddlers, small children, or anyone with breathing impairments. Unfortunately, there’s no good research on this issue. If you know of any, or are a kapok researcher yourself, please get in touch!
Kapok and down blend well
If you like the idea of kapok but love the feel of down, consider a duvet made with a blend of the two. This can also be very cost effective.