Where does down come from

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where does down come from

Quote by Isaac Newton: “What goes up must come down.”

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A foul truth behind the down in pillows and comforters

The other day, I was listening to my favorite podcast , hosted by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. The topic of this particular episode was about down and feathers -- as in your down coat, your down comforter, pillows, feather boa, even your seemingly innocuous feather duster. It's an area of animal exploitation that is rarely discussed, and after this podcast, I understood why. Let's first be clear about what animals we're talking about when we discuss down and feathers. Both come from ducks and geese.

The down of birds is a layer of fine feathers found under the tougher exterior feathers. The word down comes from the Old Norse word dunn, which had the same . the more nomadic indigenous peoples of Arctic Canada did not see down.
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Outdoor Research

Plucked goose. Down is the product with the highest value. It consists of the soft, fluffy undercoating that waterfowl like ducks and geese have to keep them warm. Land fowl like chickens don't have a lot of down feathers. Feathers come in two types: flight feathers and body feathers. Flight feathers are found on the wings and tails of birds.


  1. Paige P. says:

    Other brands, such as North Face and Patagonia, are also finding plenty of takers for their down coats, despite the often eye-watering prices confronting shoppers.

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