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Packaging the Future: Fluffy Natural Packaging!
Goose down is a commonly used natural material, but it comes at the expense of the life of the goose (feathers are plucked after the animal has been killed and can’t be harvested while the animal is alive, like sheep’s wool, which many people don’t realize). However, it is a great insulator for warmth, and lasts for years without much loss in its insulating power. Down isn’t really used as a packaging material for shipping because it’s pretty costly. Recycling used goose down, from bedding, furniture and pillows, could be a way to make final use of this material before composting it, although goose down can be recycled quite a few times before it even makes it to this stage.
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