We recently found this fantastic article about Astral Buoyancy founder Philip Curry and the rediscovery of using kapok as filler for PFD's.
Kapok is a material that was used
extensively during the second world war for a variety of different products including
pfd's, car seats, and pillows.
What is kapok? It is a natural fibre found
in the Indonesian rain forest and harvested from the seedpods of the ceiba
tree. In its raw form, it looks like a feathery ball of cotton. Kapok is
naturally buoyant, with a high resistance to water and decay.
There are also great benefits for the
environment as it produces little waste, is easily recycles and growing it
requires no chemicals.
With so many companies touting their "greenness"
will they start using this material as well? Astral Buoyancy is convinced it is
the way to go for sure. We will see.
to Playak for the link.
Natural PFD Filler - KapokFriday, 17 August 2007
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