What is Kapok?

Kapok is the name of Ceiba’s Newsletter.

kapok fibersKapok also is the alternative name of the Ceiba tree or “Silk Cotton” tree, Ceiba pentandra.  The seeds of the Ceiba tree are embedded in fluffy fibers known as kapok fibers, packed inside the large pod.  The pod splits open when ripe, and the fibers help the seeds be carried away by the wind.  Kapok fibers are water resistant and were harvested to stuff life preservers, before synthetic substitutes were found.  We named our newsletter Kapok because this quarterly publication represents the way the Ceiba Foundation disseminates information about what we do.

Read our latest Kapok newsletter here, or download the PDF.