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Down and feather is the sustainable choice for bedding, apparel and outdoor gear. To test the environmental footprint of down and feather, the International Down and Feather Bureau commissioned Long Trail Sustainability, an independent third-party organization that specializes in Life Cycle Assessments (LCA), to conduct an LCA of down fill compared to polyester. This short video highlights the key findings of the LCA.

About Down and Feather

Light as air with warmth that adjusts to our internal thermostats, down and feather is a part of our lives.  We find it in our

  • Homes:  In the pillows and comforters that keep us comfortable and contribute to healthy sleep;
  • Apparel: In the jackets and mittens that keep out the winter cold;
  • Sporting Gear: In the sleeping bags that we zip into on camping trips.

Down and feather is an important and popular part of our lives because it is natural, environmentally recyclable and its manufacture requires a far lower carbon footprint than synthetic materials that keep us warm. Natural … warm … green.

Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainability of Down vs. Synthetic Fill

Delve into an independently researched Life Cycle Assessment of down vs. polyester material that determined down had less of an impact than polyester in these five tested areas: human health, ecosystems, resources, cumulative energy demand and climate change.

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The Sustainable and Humane Practices of the Down and Feather Industry

Explore the sustainable and humane practices behind one of today’s most popular filling materials. Research on the global down and feather industry reports that the down and feathers used in bedding, apparel and outdoor gear are a byproduct of an enormous, efficient and highly-regulated global poultry industry.

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The International Down and Feather Bureau

Founded 1953 in Paris/France

IDFB is the international trade association of the down/feather industry (processsors of raw material and/or producers of finished articles, filled with down/feathers), the down/feather trade and independent testing institutes for down/feather as filling material.