Never The Feather: Ethical Stuffing Alternatives

In recent years, a lot of people have been alarmed to find just how brutal the process of collecting feathers and down can be when they are being used for mattresses, pillows, and other bedding. Making the lives of a lot of birds very challenging, it is understandable that a lot of people want to move away from options like this. Thankfully, this post is here to help you, and will be going through just a handful of the bedding options you have. With this in mind, it should be a lot easier to say never to the feathers.


The mattress you use

Thankfully, most modern mattresses already avoid the use of feathers in their design, and this should be the easiest area to handle. Sprung options are the most popular, as they are also the cheapest, but often fail to provide the right kind of support.

Memory foam is a lot better than air and springs but will come with a price tag which most people can’t afford. As a good middle ground, you can build your own waterbed with the help of loads of different companies.

This will provide much better support than a spring mattress, while also avoiding the costs of a memory foam one, making it perfect for those looking for something which sits in the middle.


The pillows you use

Even today, a lot of the world’s best pillows are made from feathers. Even if you pay a small fortune, though, it is unlikely that they have been harvested fairly or compassionately, and it is best to avoid them altogether.

Simple stuffed pillows are very popular, as they don’t use feathers, but can still be made from organic materials. Along with this, though, memory foam strikes here, too, only with the options being much more affordable. This sort of modern resource goes up in price at a rate which represents the amount your buying, making the smaller pillows easier to pay for.


This next area will be particularly important to those on a budget. Feather duvets are usually the warmest out there when it comes to winter, offering unparalleled insulation compared to synthetic and stuffing-based options.

In reality, though, you don’t need a duvet to keep warm at all. Instead, to make this a lot cheaper and more ethical, a lot of people are starting to use blankets instead of a dedicated duvet.

Not only will this make it much easier to adjust your bed to the temperature, but it can also save you the hassle of having several sets of bedding to choose from.


Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you put into choosing alternatives to feathers in your bed. As time goes on, loads of new options are coming out to replace the older ones.

Taking advantage of this early will make it a lot easier to keep at it into the future. Of course, though, even with this sort of effort, a lot of people will find it hard to choose the very best options for them.