The feather for our inners are sourced from China, and then sewn up here in New Zealand. The Feather itself is a by-product of the duck meat industry in China. It is sourced from suppliers certified as being humane harvesters of feather and down. This ensures:
- Traceability of the supply chain from hatchery to the final product.
- High animal welfare including regular food, and water, and no use of growth hormones.
- No force-feeding
- Safe, clean housing with access to the outdoors.
- Safe and humane transportation a
- No live plucking
The suppliers are audited and certified as being compliant on an annual basis and farmers are subjected to random inspections.
In our opinion feather is currently one of the few environmental and easiest care options available for cushion inners.
Cushion Inner Alternatives
If you are not wanting feather cushion inners. then other alternatives can be teased wool, or recycled fibre. We have offered Wool Inners in the past, but they are very labour intensive to make.
We can however offer an inner made from recycled fibre. These have a heavy feel to them and need plumping and fluffing.
We are currently looking into the option of a dacron polyester inner made from recycled plastic bottles. We do not offer pure dacron inners as they are synthetic and made from virgin crude oil.