Despite common misconceptions, items made from down material actually do cause harm to animals during the process of manufacturing. Down is created from undercoating that is taken from waterfowl using one of three known methods for extraction. The three methods are live plucking, gathering, and post-mortem. Live plucking and post-mortem are undeniably the cruelest methods, but gathering is hardly much better. Many companies intentionally deceive customers about how down is made. Consumers who feel strongly about animal rights can purchase alternative materials, like bamboo, which do not harm animals, or purchase from ethical brands like Patagonia, Napapijri, Vaute Couture, Eddy Bauer, and Gudrun Sjoden.
- Down is made from undercoating that is taken from waterfowl in ways that often cause the birds great distress, pain, and sometimes even death
- Companies that sell down products often intentionally mislead consumers about the harmful impacts their products have on animals
- Rather than using down products, animal loving consumers can opt for alternative materials such as bamboo or choose ethical brands
“Down is used to stuff not only duvets, but cushions, pillows, jackets, clothing and more.”