After years of being the primary material for stuffing and filling, kapok reaches out to the new market in the textile industry. While the idea is not novel, but how it gains more attention due to its sustainability, soft characteristic, and natural yield are creating a good indication of kapok fiber being part of the industry.

Sustainable Alternative In Textile World

The public world has started to understand and be aware of the effect of the waste is also including fabric products. That is why companies have been trying to work with a more sustainable product. Kapok-based fabric is one of the solutions. There are issues that the material is currently the most sustainable fiber in the market, which include natural sources and less human footprint.

Blending Method To Spun Kapok Into Fabric

But how does it work? A long time ago, kapok is a primary product for stuffing material in upholstery, pillow, and many more. The older generation finds that the seed hairs of kapok are too short to spin into a fabric. Thus, cotton is most likely used for textile. But, after years technology development has created a solution to that problem. Now people can spin kapok for fabric.

The textile industry can use a better sustainable method by combining 70% of cotton and 30% of kapok to make four shirts. Those number is equal to 1 kg cotton. But, using kapok fiber help preserve 3000 liters of water in the process. It makes the product has less waste. Not to mention how the end product is considerably softer, comfortable, durable, and degradable in the future. 

The new technology and people’s awareness of eco-friendly have pushed companies and the textile industry to once again pay attention to kapok. It was concluded that kapok is no more impossible to be used as a textile. The company can spin kapok along with many other materials to create a light, soft, and also eco-friendly fabric.

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