FLOCUS™ presents a range of kapok textile materials, which provide the textile industry with a naturally sustainable and regenerative alternative that has not been available before.
Kapok Fiber is a pure and natural, non-food, vegan product. Developing the production of this material, in the countries where kapok trees grow, helps to regenerate communities and develop economic prosperity - as well as having a positive impact. FLOCUS™ encourages and enables the industry to choose its ingredients carefully. Kapok is given by nature, organic by default - helping the people, helping the planet.
FLOCUS™ generates an efficient eco-system which avoids erosion, avoids deforestation, sequesters carbon and increases O2 in the atmosphere, preserves water, supports poly-cropping, organically fertilizes the land, saves agricultural land, and is completely sustainable and regenerative.
The FLOCUS™ fibre requires no organic certification itself because it is organic by default, but the steps of the supply chain need certification to prove their transparency to the people and the commitment to common development goals.
The most natural properties of the Kapok fiber are held in the FLOCUS™ kapok nonwovens because of the high percentage of fiber that can be applied in its formula, that makes the nonwoven the most suitable product with the most application available for Kapok. The natural properties of the FLOCUS™ nonwovens are the same those of the fiber itself; hydrophobic, moisture management, anti-moth, anti-mite, antibacterial, oil absorbent characteristics without any human tempering. Because of its low-density Kapok is 5 times lighter than cotton. It performs incredibly well in thermoregulation because of its hollow cavity up to 70 to 80% of its diameter so it holds cold in hot temperatures and heat in cool temperatures never reaching the freezing point. Its hollowness makes it very suitable for acoustic and sound absorption of high as well as low frequencies. Applications can cover many industries from garment insulation to car, construction, home textile, hygienic, etc. FLOCUS™ Kapok can blend with other fibers, for example organic cotton / wool / recycled polyester / PLA / Low melt etc etc. FLOCUS™ currently works with the following non-wovens processing; carding - cross lapping / needling / air lay / maliwatt and malivlies and and hydroentanglement.
FLOCUS™ fibre may be spun into yarn, to add value to any blend. Kapok can be blended with organic cotton, Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) cotton, recycled polyesters, and other materials. Flocus is continually innovating and exploring additional blends in order for the resulting yarn to benefit from the comfort and performance features associated with FLOCUS™ kapok. The environmental benefits are significant too - including substantial reduction in water and energy usage.
FLOCUS™ is a 100% sustainable textile concept which enables clothing designers to blend yarns to their requirements, to create sustainable collections, working closely with clients and supply chain partners. FLOCUS™ is suitable for use in fashion, performance fabrics, for use in workwear, home textiles, automotive, medical and other industrial products.
Kapok fibre is a non-food fruit crop which can be picked, like an apple, from the tree on which it grows - leaving the tree to grow and prosper. Kapok trees need no irrigation, no pesticides, and no fertilisers. They can grow on hills, in a biodiverse environment, and on land which is not suitable for agricultural purposes - resulting in 100% positive impact on the environment.
The Candian brand Frank And Oak, designed for a cleaner, healthier and more mindful world, chooses Flocus™ kapok as a supplier
The material designer Deoshree Bendre experimented in partnership with Flocus™ new zero impact applications of kapok in footwear.
La Sportiva, the Italian brand of outdoor clothing and accessories, is partner of Flocus™, including in its catalogue products based on Flocus™ kapok.