What is the best way to store down and feather products?
When not being used down and feather blankets, outdoor equipment, and apparel should be kept in a breathable storage area. A breathable bag or container 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.
Make sure that your items are stored in a dry place that has fairly constant temperature. Be wary of heated places as heat can evaporate the natural oils in down. A breathable cotton bag or sack could be the optimal storage place.
What elements are harmful to down and feather products?
Moisture is down’s biggest enemy. Try your best to keep your down products dry and away from moist surfaces and atmospheres. This will keep the down from clumping and will make it last as long as possible.
Natural oils from your body and outside sources can also be harmful to your down products. We recommend putting a duvet cover, pillow case, or bed protector on all down bedding so the product is not exposed to oils from your skin while you sleep.
What is the difference between down and feathers?
Down is the light fluffy coating clustered beneath the feathers of waterfowl that protect them from the elements. Down is the world’s most efficient natural insulator and can be found on the belly of waterfowl to keep them warm. Down is composed of thousands of individual fibers formed together in a three dimensional cluster which contains no quill.
Feathers are from the plumage of waterfowl and do contain quills. They are two dimensional and provide insulation and support to down and feather products.
How are down and feather products sanitized?
Down and feather products must be washed and processed for use in bedding, apparel, and outdoor gear. To be sanitized they are thoroughly washed and rinsed to remove the dirt, oil, and bacteria. Before being added into their end product, they are dried at a high temperature and separated based on quality.
When being shipped between countries, all down and feather product must be meet the sanitation requirements of the country they are entering.
Why should I choose a down and feather product?
Down and feather bedding is an environmentally friendly alternative to oil-based synthetic materials which provide warm insulation without weight. The down and feathers used in bedding, apparel, and outdoor gear are a biodegradable, renewable source.
Ounce for ounce, down is the best insulation available, providing lightweight warmth which naturally wicks away moisture while insulating. It’s breathable, durable and resilient quality allow properly cared for down and feather products to last for many years.
Where do the down and feathers for my products come from?
The down and feather filling found in bedding, apparel, and outdoor gear are a natural byproduct of the food industry. The waterfowl which provide warm insulation have been farmed or raised for food, not their feathers. By using the plumage for natural insulation we help to reduce the amount of agricultural waste. 80% of the feathers used for down products come from China, where ducks and other waterfowl in an important dietary staple.