THE MODERN MINT BLOG
The Kapok Pillow at Modern Mint
Our pillows are made from natural kapok. Kapok fibre is cotton-like and is known as silk cotton, or Java cotton. You will find the kapok tree in rainforests in Asia, but is a native of Central America. It is important to know this, as the harvesting of the fibre – labour-intensive as it is – becomes vital for local economies and provides work for communities in countries where it is needed. No only that, but because the trees have a purpose – e.g. money can be made from them – it means the trees don’t get cut down. So you are saving rainforests by buying these great pillows!
Kapok fibre is lightweight, like 15% the weight of cotton. (That would be the organic cotton you are using already right?) It was used in life jackets at one point, before they started using synthetic materials to make them, because the fibre is so buoyant.
This lightness makes it the softest of our pillows. Lots of masseurs buy them from us. Think of it as a luxury item, for when you need a moment… or three… or even if you have your own masseuse who wants to get you comfortable….?
It is also flammable. So please don’t smoke in bed.
Washing the Pillow
The cover can be machine washed at 40 degrees celsius. Kapok, being a plant fibre, means you do not need to remove it from the case before sticking it in the washing machine. Do make sure the filling is thoroughly dried after washing it though – don’t rush back to wanting to use it when it is still wet!
A Few More Details…
The case can be unzipped if you want to adjust the height of the filling.
Size of the pillow: 50 x 75cm – if you want that in inches, just copy those figures and plug them into Google to find out…
The weight of the filling is approximately 700g. A lot of filling, because it is so light!
If the Kapok Pillow is Not For You…
Don’t think we can’t accommodate you or your needs. Modern Mint can also supply you with an organic spelt pillow, or even an organic buckwheat one… they are cheaper options, so may be better value to you – but the Kapok pillow is so light, it really is fabulous for a treat…
I recently wrote a piece for Topiarius magazine, the flagship publication of the European Boxwood & Topiary Society – of which Modern Mint is both a member and big supporter. Check out the EBTS here. They frequently run courses and talks too, so worth keeping an eye on. Below is the piece I wrote about the tools I use when making topiary and pruning trees…. Darren’s Piece In Topiarius Magazine I use Okatsune Secateurs, which I started pruning with when working on a large orchard in Hampshire. My Felco’s were too difficult to open with cold hands, but the chunky …
Just inc are you are free in the following dates in June, you can visit my mentor Charlotte Molesworth’s topiary garden… Check out the dates the garden is open here. And you can of course join both Charlotte and I for a topiary workshop in the garden in July, as well as September. Hope to see you there!
The Nunki weeder has been talked about by Jane Perrone in the newspaper (the Guardian, if you are interested. At the weekend.) She said this about our lovely weeding tool… “Getting on top of annual weeds such as hairy bittercress and speedwell can be tedious. The Nunki weeder has a curved blade that allows for precision work around plants….” There you go – a weeder for precision work, not an avocado destoner as someone once said to me. Take a closer look at the Nunki weeder now.