Down fill is the natural choice for a sustainable lifestyle. A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on down tested the impact of down versus polyester in 5 environmental areas: human health, ecosystems, resources, cumulative energy demand and climate change. On a per ton basis, down has between 85% – 97% lower impacts than polyester in all the impact categories analyzed, and has 18 times less of an impact on climate change than polyester fill.
American Down and Feather Council (ADFC) is committed to ethical practices when sourcing down and feather. According to global agricultural industry statistics, it is estimated that about 186 million kilograms of down and feather are traded each year as a byproduct of the food industry. As a worldwide recycled waste product, down and feather maintains a low carbon footprint by cleaning, sanitizing and repurposing the fill material.