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Stay Warm With Down-Free Bedding

The following article was written by Keegan Baur.

With winter just around the corner and nights getting mighty cold in the Windy City, I recently decided to buy a brand-new, super-soft, extra-warm, and seriously snuggly comforter. You know the kind I’m talking about—you get under the covers, and it’s as though you’re immediately enveloped in a big, puffy cloud. But I didn’t want a down comforter because of the cruelty inherent in the down industry, including cramped quarters, live-plucking, and eventual slaughter. I was in luck because, as it turns out, buying a down-alternative comforter is as easy as one, two, three! First, I went to the store. Second, I inspected the numerous down-alternative options that were there and (after feeling them all up) settled on my favorite one. Finally, I selected a duvet cover to fit my personal style. And voila! I am so happy with my cozy, guilt-free bedding. My only problem now is making myself get out of bed in the morning!

With tons of cruelty-free bedding options available, there’s no reason not to be a caring consumer and go down-free. And once you’ve purchased the comforter, you can change the duvet cover as frequently as you’d like! Check out some of the options:

Feminine and Floral: Sienna Paisley Duvet Cover & Sham

Totally Manly: Lodge Plaid Duvet Cover

Gender Neutral (and the shams can be monogrammed, for “his” and “hers” pillows!): Stripe Duvet Cover + Shams

Bold and Funky: Kaleidoscope Burst Percale Cotton Duvet Cover

At One With Nature: Birds and Branches Duvet Cover Set

Cattastic: Flat Cat Duvet Cover

Sign the pledge to be down-free and then tell me which awesome cruelty-free bedding will be keeping you toasty on winter nights!

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  • Vegan Harpster says:

    For those who want to live a vegan lifestyle, please also abstain from wool. Sheep are mistreated, hurt, millions of lambs freeze to death each year from being shorn too early in spring, and they are mutilated for wool (mulesing). Please see http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/mulesing.aspx

  • chander kumar soni says:

    cuteiest.

  • Alternative to Down Comforters says:

    I grew up with sheep’s wool comforters. The sheep is sheared,wool is washed and cleaned(combed and carded) and is then stuffed into a large comforter casing and tacked down. A duvet cover then is used to protect the inner wool/casing. I’m sure someone out there does this as a cottage industry. The Amish or Hutterites may still do this as well.

  • kay8jay says:

    Thought PETA would like to know about this — part of an email from Andrew Scoular, who is a skin care guy out of San Francisco, CA. All of his products are cruelty-free. He mentioned the following in an email to customers. <3

    “After reading an exposé by Peta on how disgustingly badly ducks and geese are treated (thrown around by the neck, skin pulled away with the feathers then the bird is stitched with needle and thread by the workers without sanitation or anesthesia, many birds die in the process), I have replaced my down duvets in my treatment rooms with very soft and cuddly synthetic ones. I can’t bear the thought of having you lie beneath a tortured comforter.”

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