Choose Down and Feather and Choose a Healthy Sleep

Sleep Naturally with Down and Feather Bedding

Bregenz, Austria – Sleep is often overlooked as an essential element of health; but those who appreciate the benefits of a good night’s sleep should turn to down and feather bedding.

Down and feather bedding products such as pillows and comforters have many distinct advantages over other types of bedding.

Natural Warmth — Down is nature’s best insulator and offers the sleep inducing benefits of warmth without weight.

Body Contours — Down and feather bedding conforms to the body more naturally than many synthetic fibers or foam pillows or comforters. This quality has led to the increase in non-traditional pillow shapes for specific types of sleepers—such as those who sleep best with a large pillow they can “hug”, or the pillows designed for expectant mothers. In a more traditional bed pillow, the neck and shoulder muscles are less trained as the head is naturally cradled in the down and feather pillow.

Breathable — Down and feather is a natural material that wicks moisture away and allows it to quickly evaporate rather than trapping moisture. Do you wake up in the night and have to throw off a blanket because of feeling overheated? With a down and feather pillow and comforter this will quickly become a thing of the past.

Hypoallergenic — Naturally breathable, down and feather bedding is the hypoallergenic choice for allergy sufferers. In down and feather bedding moisture does not get trapped in the fibers, which will not only keep you dry at night but will also keep dust mites from thriving. Additionally, the fabrics that encase the down and feathers are tightly woven–possessing a high thread count–in order to keep any feathers from escaping. This tightly woven fabric also serves as a barrier to dust mites.

The best choice for a comfortable and natural night’s sleep is down and feather.


Choosing the Bedding That’s Right for You!

Tips from the International Down and Feather Bureau

Bregenz, Austria – An essential component to getting a good night’s sleep is choosing the bedding which matches your individual needs and preferences. Too many people do not get the sleep they need to thrive during their day. The best way to combat this is to ensure that you fitted with proper bedding.

Not only comfortable and stylish, down and feather comforters and pillows are an effective way to help get a good night’s rest. The International Down and Feather Bureau (IDFB) has put together a few tips to help you choose, and care for, the bedding that’s right for you!

Comfort

Know your Firmness Preference – Would you prefer to feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud, or do you want a little more support? Compare the ratio of down to feathers. Pillows with a high percentage of down are the softest, a greater blend of down and feathers will provide a more firm sleeping surface, and all-feather pillows will deliver the most support.

Check out the Insulation Quality – Fill power measures the insulating ability of down comforters. Comforters with high fill power will keep you warmer with less weight.

Choose a Construction Type – In a comforter, look for sewn-through boxes or baffle box construction. In those that are sewn-through, the top and bottom fabric are stitched together, preferably in a box pattern. Baffle box construction features three dimensional boxes created with strips of fabric. Both of these construction types prevent shifting of the filling, keeping you warm and cozy.

Care

Fluff – If your featherbed, duvet or pillow is looking flat – just fluff it up – the down bounces right back into shape. A daily shake will restore the product’s loft, and will help increase its performance.

Tennis Ball Trick – To further enhance your down or feather product, try this: Place your down comforters and blankets, as well as down or feather pillows, in a dryer set on low heat; then put a few tennis balls into the dryer to help fluff up the product while it tumbles around.

Storage – When not in use, down or feather duvets, pillows and featherbeds should be stored in breathable bags. A breathable bag will allow your down or feather product to better retain all the natural attributes that will provide you an exceptional sleep experience for years to come

These simple purchasing and care tips will ensure that you enjoy a comfortable and warm sleep for years to come.


Searching for the Warmest Outdoor Gear this Winter?

Look No Further than Down and Feather Jackets and Sleeping Bags

Bregenz, Austria – If you’re planning on spending time in the great outdoors this winter, you know that down jackets and sleeping bags are two of the most essential pieces of equipment to keep you warm.

Are you looking for a jacket or sleeping bag to keep you warm without the weight of heavy insulation? Look no further than down and feather products. From stylish jackets for daily commuting to professional grade sleeping bags for serious camping adventures, down and feather products fit almost any use.

To top it all off, down products are durable and can last years when used and taken care of properly. Before you buy, think about how you plan on using your product, as this might change your purchasing criteria. To help you out, The International Down and Feather Bureau (IDFB) has put together a list of things to look for when purchasing outdoor gear.

Fill Power
Fill power is the amount of down in the jacket or sleeping bag. Generally, the higher the fill power the greater the amount of warmth or puffiness per ounce (or other unit of measurement). Down with higher fill-power numbers include fewer feathers and use bigger, more mature down clusters. Larger down clusters are more durable and can better withstand repeated compressing.

Feather Ratio
The ratio of down to feather will help you understand how soft your product will be. As feathers are a bit more course than down clusters, this may affect the softness of your apparel or sleeping gear. The higher the percentage of down, the softer your sleeping bag or jacket will be.

Shell Material
The intended use of a product can be a large factor when determining what shell to purchase. Nylon is the most common material used in down apparel, and the shell of sleeping bags often varies depending on the maker. Some jackets have a softer material on the inside shell or liner. As down does not perform well in wet conditions (it can loss it loft and some of its warmth-retaining abilities), you may think to look for a jacket or sleeping bag with a water resistant outer shell.

Choosing the right gear for outdoor use is an important process, so be sure to carefully consider all aspects of the purchase.


Statement to illegal harvesting of down and feathers

The International Down and Feather Bureau (IDFB) is the global trade association of the Down and Feather Industry. The members are experts in the collection and processing of Down and Feather material and the production of Down and Feather Products such as pillows, comforters, featherbeds, sleeping bags, jackets, vests, and furniture cushions.

Down and Feathers come from Geese and Ducks and are a byproduct of the food industry, The birds are raised for the meat, no bird is raised just for the Down and Feathers. The meat and the Down and Feathers are all used for human consumption providing both food as well as the ultimate warmth and comfort products which improve the quality of life. Down and Feathers are natural “green“ products that are biodegradable, environmentally friendly, renewable, and recyclable.

The IDFB encourages its members to adhere to the highest standards in accordance with the laws for the gathering and legal harvesting of Down and Feathers and the proper humane treatment of animals considering all aspects of animal welfare.