Often, when you have made the decision to choose natural bedding the next time you are browsing the stores for a new duvet, you may find that the choice is somewhat more overwhelming than you had originally thought. To many people, the options seem practically endless, with various different styles and brands available on the market, each with its own pros and cons, yet still telling you that it is the best possible choice. Whatever you do, don’t let yourself get scared away, as you might find that buying your own natural duvets is one of the best things you have ever done for your bed, and your all-important night’s sleep.
Where did It Start?
Quite a long time ago by today’s standard, a bunch of clever entrepreneurs found that using a naturally occurring insulator that could be taken from waterfowl such as geese and ducks, allowed them to keep warm and cosy throughout the winter seasons and cold nights. After sanitizing and cleaning the feathers and down appropriately, we can use them as a form of insulation for the filling of our bedding, as well as various types of apparel, and because feathers and down are typically a by-product of meat consumption, they are found most often in Asia and Europe.
What Is Down?
Many people find themselves thinking of feathers when someone mentions down, but they are not actually the same thing. Down is the fluffy, light coating that clusters beneath the feathers of a duck or goose, helping to protect them from the elements. Often, you will find most of the down on waterfowl on their bellies, as this is the part most regularly exposed to water. Down is the three-dimensional cluster of soft fluffiness that is constructed of thousands of tiny fibres and no quill. If you were to compare the amount of down you can obtain from waterfowl to their feathers, you would only find around four or five ounces of down for every pound of feathers. One of nature’s most efficient insulators, down is warm, yet surprisingly light weight, and you would need fourteen wool blankets all stacked on top of each other before you could equal the temperature control of a single down comforter. Down has the fantastic ability to breathe too, so it lifts away the perspiration on your body while you sleep, ensuring that you don’t experience the clammy discomfort that some synthetic duvets might offer.
Duck VS Goose
Just about all birds have some feathers and down upon their body, but virtually all of the down and feathers harvested for duvets are from ducks and geese. Geese, as larger birds, typically have larger clusters of down, and as a rule of thumb, the larger the bird teamed with the climate in which they live equals the amount of cluster and the fill power of the down. High quality down can be obtained from geese and ducks, yet duck feathers and down are generally less expensive, partially because the worldwide supply of duck far exceeds that of geese.
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