is down vegan

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  1. Uggh I felt this so bad when I was buying a sleeping bag for a hiking trip last year! Down’s use is understandable for so many reasons — the lightness and warmth ratio just cannot be matched by synthetic.

    But being vegan there was no way I was ever going to buy down, no matter how bulky the synthetic sleeping bag was going to end up being.

    It is just frustrating that with so much innovation in fibre technology, there were seemingly no sleeping bags using material other than down or synthetic (i.e plastic). I just really hope that one day these alternatives you mention do become mainstream. Like do we really need to pluck geese alive just to look good in a puffa jacket, especially in Australia’s version of ‘winter’

  2. Thank you for bringing this to people’s attention.The live plucking is horrendous and I assume it would be akin to us having our nails pulled out while we are concious. I am madly in love with the designs of Leanne Ford for Crate and Barrel and wanted to buy her “Ever” sofa, named after her little daughter, but I can’t bring myself to do it because it has down feathers. I wrote to her on Instagram, as well as her product developer about this but never received a reply. I am hoping that they took my suggestion to heart to create vegan cushions for this gorgeous sofa.People were complaining about the feather’s poking them through the fabric anyways, so it would make good business sense for them, as well as being cruelty-free.

    1. Hi Carolyn, great effort in trying to reach the brands’ product team. It’s those gestures, even if they go nowhere at the time, that challenge people to get creative with materials. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Tencel production is extremely harmful to both environment and workers!

    1. Hi Anne, I’ve seen varied reports about the impact of Tencel production. I guess there’s a sliding scale depending on the source. Thanks for your input.