How the bedding industry is leading the feather-free movement

As vegan homeware takes centre stage in the interiors world, these are the brands doing their bit

A lantern filled with feathers

Guilt-free, eco-friendly homes are at the top of the homeware agenda at the moment. We've written before about vegan high street buys and going plastic free, but there's one huge element that's often overlooked: feathers.

Like other products of the farming industry, feathers can be extremely problematic when their production and supply doesn't comply with ethical standards. Live harvesting and the containment of birds in close quarters are both problems that the feather industry is tackling.

Eco duvet from The Fine Bedding Company

Eco duvet from The Fine Bedding Company

Luckily, there's lots being done to make sure we can still get our super-soft duvets and plump sofa cushions without the cruelty. 

At the forefront of the feather-free homeware movement is The Fine Bedding Company, which recently launched its first eco duvet – a 100 per cent recycled design made from plastic bottles. The Smartdown pillow also pioneers new technology to create a super-soft material that has the same decadence as natural down. 

Elsewhere, small companies like Weaver & Green are adding no-feather lines to their collections, including the stain-resistant recycled Nomad Atlas cushion.

Weaver & Green Nomad cushion

Nomad Atlas cushion, £75, Weaver & Green

What else can you do? Taking simple steps like replacing down-filled cushion pads with polyester versions – like this one from John Lewis – can drastically reduce your feather use for a tenner or under.

Where it's not possible to get rid of feathers, you can still make sure the products you do buy are responsibly sourced. The bedding industry, including The Fine Bedding Company, is raising its standards to include full traceability of its feather and down production process. 

The Fine Bedding Company have set the bar with their 'Down Commitment', which makes sure that their products include the following:

  • No live plucking
  • No live harvesting
  • All down and feather is a guaranteed by-product of the food industry
  • Animals in the supply chain are not force fed
  • Full traceability from parent farm to final product
  • Transparent auditing
  • Responsibly sourced
  • Guaranteed quality

There's still a way to go before the homeware industry embraces the ethical use of feathers, but the work that The Fine Bedding Company and other brands are doing is already making a difference. 

Across industries, the momentum is picking up: earlier this month, ASOS announced that it would stop selling feathers and other animal-related materials on its platform. 

It seems like it might be the perfect time to get on the bandwagon and do your bit – all while adding a pretty new cushion to your collection...

Ellen Finch
Former deputy editor

Formerly deputy editor of Real Homes magazine, Ellen has been lucky enough to spend most of her working life speaking to real people and writing about real homes, from extended Victorian terraces to modest apartments. She's recently bought her own home and has a special interest in sustainable living and clever storage.