What is important to consider when we want to purchase a furnishing product made of real feathers and down? What are the key aspects? Here is a checklist to help you approach the purchase.
“Trust producers and retailers who offer information on provenance and are committed to a path of sustainability. Always look for the presence of the Assopiuma label, synonymous with transparency, reliability and quality.”
1. Durability and convenience:
Feather and down guarantee longer-lasting comfort over time compared to synthetic products. The expense for a down product may initially be higher than synthetic alternatives, but the performance over time allows the cost to be amortized, transforming it into a real investment for the future. Allocating a slightly higher budget has its reasons.
2. Comfort and thermal insulation:
Down is unique in its ability to provide comfort, warmth and lightness. The feather has natural insulation thanks to its morphological structure, which retains air. Furthermore, unlike synthetic materials, it is highly breathable, allowing the body to release moisture: this is why you don’t feel the sensation of sweat under a duvet. The down also offers support and lightness at the same time.
Feather and down articles require simple periodic care which guarantees their long life over time. You need to move the feathers regularly to keep them in good condition and redistribute the fill. To learn more about this topic, read our blog article on care and maintenance.
4. No allergies:
Scientific studies (conducted by the University of Florence / University of Kiel, to name a few) have shown that properly washed and treated down does not cause allergies, but the real culprits are the mites that nest in household dust. With the coatings of Assopiuma branded products we guarantee high hypo allergenicity. With correct maintenance of the products, this anti-allergenic characteristic will be preserved.
5. Origin and sustainability:
Trust producers and retailers who offer information on provenance and are committed to a path of sustainability. Always look for the presence of the Assopiuma label, synonymous with transparency, reliability and quality. Consider that feathers and down are 100% biodegradable, so they can be used effectively at the end of their life in agriculture as nitrogen fertilizer. To find out more about our labels go to the blog article.
A conscious choice and responsible consumption also pass through these criteria, we hope to have given you some positive ideas for making the right choice for your lifestyle, your needs and your preferences.
Photo by: Alexander Ercho