What Is Responsible Down?

White Down Duvet Insert

Typically known for its lush cloud-like experience, most people shop down because it is the fluffiest, most insulating fill option on the market. There are many synthetic alternatives that aren't so good for you, often made with petroleum-based materials and chemicals that can have health and/or safety concerns. Conventional down and feather fill is mostly from overseas, where it is often not regulated. There are major risks in animal welfare for ducks including force-feeding and live plucking, both of which are banned in the US.

The upside

When you shop Coyuchi you can sleep easy knowing you made a sustainable choice and a great impact on the world for you and future generations.

What is Textile Exchange 

Coyuchi is a proud member of Textile Exchange (TE). TE is a global non-profit that works closely with its members to drive industry transformation in preferred fibers, integrity and standards and responsible supply networks. They identify and share best practices regarding farming, materials, processing, traceability and product end-of-life in order to reduce the textile industry’s impact on the world’s water, soil, and air. Their mission is to inspire and equip people to expand their knowledge of sustainability practices within the textile value chain. They focus on minimizing the harmful impacts of the global industry and maximizing the positive. In short, this allows us to be able to ensure our down is brought to you in the most sustainable way.

Down Feathers

How our process works

We source all of our down products in the USA, from a single supplier. Our supplier gets down and feathers from duck farms, a mere hundred miles away, where the birds are humanely raised and never force-fed or live-plucked and live on a healthy grain diet.

The farm is audited against well-being guidelines, strict standards that enforce what the birds eat, what kind of flooring they're on, how they get their water, and what happens if the birds get sick. These well-being guidelines are reviewed every two years by animal welfare and bird behavior academics. Before filling our certified-organic cotton inserts, the down is steam-treated twice and gently washed with a fragrance-free, non-toxic soap to remove bacteria that is incidental to feathers and down.

Next, a water-based, non-toxic chemical is used to reduce the static charge that is associated with natural filling. The simplicity of our supply chain ensures that every link is fully transparent, and sourcing our down in the USA ensures the environmental footprint of our duvet inserts and pillows is as small as it can be. And that means you can feel as good about our down products as you do about everything else you buy from Coyuchi.


Just in case

We also offer feather-free alternatives. Explore our Organic Cotton Comforter, Double Stitched Sateen ComforterOrganic Cotton Mattress Pad as well as wool alternatives. Coyuchi has always embraced the use of natural fibers, so we do not offer polyester or other synthetic fibers.  

Proper care for your down:

Your down comforter will last years and years if cared for properly.

1. Always protect your comforter from direct contact with body oils by using a duvet cover or by placing between two flat sheets.

2. Launder no more than once or twice per year unless there is obvious soiling. More frequent washing will shorten the life of your comforter.

3. In between laundering we recommend, you occasionally place it outside in fresh air and direct sun to restore freshness.

Learn more about caring for your down here.

It’s what we’re made of

Building awareness in positive sustainability efforts is fundamental to Coyuchi’s core values. We emphasize the importance of how our product is brought to you so that you can understand our story on a deeper level and follow our journey in the process. Knowing you’re making the right choice toward sustainability will also improve your sleep!

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