The long-time commitment of Assopiuma to enhancing and promoting the quality of feather/down paddings is focused on the material’s environmental sustainability. In response to designers’, furniture manufacturers’, and end consumers’ growing demand for products that respect and safeguard the environment, the association has chosen to certify the biodegradability of 100% natural feathers and down by means of strict laboratory tests. Following these tests and a certification of conformity issued by the specialized testing laboratory Hohenstein, Assopiuma has collected scientific data concerning the times and ways of degradation of feathers/down, which is now certified as ‘100% biodegradable’.
The feathers and down that were tested degraded in 5 months. This information is highly relevant since it allows us to calculate the transformation times of the material in composting plants at the end of its life. Feathers and down are turned into nitrogen fertilizer for agriculture and home gardening, thus reintegrating with the biological life cycle without contaminating the soil or groundwater.
Strict laboratory tests certify the biodegradability of 100% natural feathers and down in 5 months.