WHAT IS DOWN?
Down is the light, fluffy undercoating that geese and ducks grow to keep warm. It consists of millions of filaments that grow from a central quill point and looks a lot like dandelion pods.
Down, a three-dimensional structure, traps air and insulates incredibly well, giving it a natural ability to provide warmth and wick away body moisture. It’s popular for manufacturing duvets, pillows, jackets, sleeping bags, cushions and other products.
TYPES OF DOWN
GOOSE DOWN: typically has larger feathers and down clusters than duck down, and therefore a higher fill power, as geese are larger birds. However, a high quality duck down will be better than a low quality goose down.
DUCK DOWN: usually has a lower cost than goose down, and can be mixed with goose down to reduce price. This is legal if correctly labelled, but misleading if it says only “goose down.”
EIDERDOWN: is a well-known name for a type of extremely rare premium down. It must be hand collected from the nests of wild eider ducks without disturbing the eggs or the birds, which are a protected species.