Down Duvets

Written by Shirley Parker
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Down Duvets around the world are rarely 100 percent down, simply because tiny feathers get caught in the down. But in many countries, there have been no labeling laws to protect the consumer against the manufacturer who puts whatever they want on the label and allows their supplier to put pretty much whatever they want inside the duvets. Sometimes, down content may be 85 percent or less, with the remainder being feathers, yet the label states 100 percent down.

That situation is starting to change now, whether the country selling the down duvets is Canada, New Zealand, the United States or any other country where enlightened consumer watchdogs are pushing for change. Too many consumers have been ripped off for too long, is the way some fighters have put it. Manufacturers or vendors who do not comply with the newest labeling laws may face steep fines.

Just as there is nothing inherently wrong with using imported down, there is nothing inherently wrong with a duvet that may have some feathers in it. However, the consumer has the right to know what they are buying and its source. When well put together, down duvets are lightweight and warm, with only the occasional feather poking through cloth that was not tightly woven enough to prevent that. And even tightly woven cloth still needs to breathe.

Down Duvets Make Wonderful Gifts

When a shopper is sure of what they're buying, they're more inclined to spend good money on it as a gift. Hopefully, the duvet will arrive in a nice sturdy box from the factory, but if it is packaged in a clear plastic zippered bag, wrapping it takes more creativity. Some gift givers opt for a huge bow and wide ribbon, unwilling to face the fight of piecing wrapping paper together with tape. Or another part of the gift, such as a thermal blanket, can be wrapped around the duvet before the ribbon and bow are added. Thinking outside the box is sometimes too real.


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