Why are down duvets and feather pillows so sustainable compared to synthetic bedding? How can old bedding be disposed of and what happens to it?
Down duvets: sustainability & recycling
sustainability is also at bedding an increasingly important issue. consumers want Duvets and pillows that pollute our environment as little as possible. Yet how sustainable and ecological are down duvets and feather pillows ?
The answer to this question is one study by the independent organization Long Trail Sustainability, which Life cycle of down and synthetic fills (polyester) has compared. The balance is clear: Down products are up to 33 times more sustainable than synthetic ones .
How sustainable and ecological are down duvets?
The study used the raw materials and the Production process of the fillings under the magnifying glass and their influence on various sustainability factors examined:
- climate change
- Natural resources
- Human health
- power consumption
The result: The Ecological damage – so to speak, the ecological footprint – is through down 85% to 97% deeper than by synthetically produced filling material:
Why are down duvets sustainable?
The study leaves no doubt: who values environmentally friendly and ecological materials chooses a down duvet. but why are down products so sustainable ?
The answer is simple: Down and feathers are natural materials that are a by-product of meat production. Already existing raw materials receive an additional purpose.
This is not only sustainable, but also animal-friendly , since the members of the Swiss Bedding Manufacturers' Association committed themselves years ago no down and feathers from live plucking to use. In addition, down duvets and feather pillows disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner will.
Down duvets and recycling at Marso Living
So, as we saw above, down is actually a already recycled raw material . But how disposed of discarded down duvets and feather pillows professionally and what happens to it afterwards?
Unlike synthetic or natural hair products, down and feather bedding can withstand most common uses collection containers or the next street collection to the recycling be handed over. The filling then becomes hygienic processed and recycled – for example in winter jackets or sleeping bags.
Down and feathers that are no longer suitable for further use are removed composted – as a natural product they are biodegradable . The usage of recycled down for bedding is currently still not useful – on the one hand off Quality reasons , on the other hand, because simple not enough suitable recycling material is available for this.
Please send us your old down pillow or duvet so that we can breathe a second life into the down and feathers, or to dispose of them properly .