Down is a substantial natural material, but if the cost of using it is the mistreatment of animals, we're not interested. The sad reality is that some companies don’t following ethical practices when it comes to producing down products, which then leads to a lot of misconception in the market. At Warm Things, our pillows and comforters are responsibly sourced and we fully respect the humane treatment of ducks and geese and make sure no animals are harmed in the making of our products.
What exactly is down?
Down is a natural by-product of raising geese and ducks for meat. For the farmer, the value of down is actually far less (estimating 2-10%) than the meat itself. For production, after the animal has passed, the feather and down is cleaned, sanitized, and recycled into products. It would be foolish to kill an animal just for their down and we can ensure you that is absolutely not the case when it comes to our merchandise at Warm Things.
What makes our products responsibly sourced?
All of our down is secured by humane and accepted methods of practice. In fact, all of our down suppliers at Warm Things have been certified by independent third party audits. This guarantees that the farms producing down and feathers are from birds that are free from unnecessary harm, including no live plucking, no force feeding, and respect for the five freedoms of animal welfare: freedom from hunger and thirst; from discomfort; from pain, injury or disease; to express normal behavior; and from fear and distress.
What makes down such a sought after product?
The many individual plumules of down allow them to mold and conform to your body. Its high warmth to low weight ratio makes it extremely comfortable to sleep with, especially in the winter months. Additionally, each ounce of high quality down has about two million fluffy filaments that interlock and overlap to form a protective layer of air that keeps heat in and cold out.
Want to learn more?
Being knowledgeable, especially when it comes to the humane treatment of animals, is essential when shopping around for products. You can find out more about down and how it’s farmed and processed at the RDS website.
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