Founded by Jeroen Muijsers in 2014, Flocus produces fibers made from kapok, the cotton-like fluff from the seed pods of the tropical tree of the same name. Muijsers is a pioneer in the production of these fibers and continues to innovate in this space.
Flocus produces fibers, yarn and yarn blends, fabrics, and fillings made with kapok. Kapok fibers can be used on their own as a down alternative and can be blended with other fibers to create new fabrics.
Production process: Mechanical/Chemical
Kapok fibers are harvested and processed and then sent to other production facilities depending on the end product. Fibers undergo fewer processing steps when used as a down alternative insulation.
Kapok trees can be grown without the use of pesticides and insecticides in soil not suitable for other crops. Kapok trees require far less water than conventional cotton. From an animal welfare standpoint, Flocus fibers are certainly better than feathers. As an entirely plant-based down alternative, it is almost certainly more sustainable than down alternatives made from petroleum-based fibers.
According to company materials, Flocus insulation has values similar to animal down on thermal and evaporation resistance, but is lighter in weight and retains its properties after more washes.
According to their website, Flocus works directly with designers and supply chains to produce kapok materials to meet their needs.
As a down alternative, Flocus is suitable for use in home and outdoor goods such as comforters and sleeping bags as well as in outerwear and performance clothing. Photos show fibers on kapok tree and after processing.
Images from Flocus.