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Ethically acceptable filling

Right now I am trying to find some ethically acceptable filling for a 200 x 220 cm summer duvet and a sleeping bag.

I already found pattern and tutorial for the sleeping bag (in Swedish).

Down seemed like a good idea until I visited the Swedish Animal  Rights association and read about down being plucked from living animals.

Wool

Animal Rights (swedish Djurens Rätt) recommends to abstain from wool if you care about animal welfare. Source

If your okay with wool I found ecological pillows with wool filling (455SEK + freight) also available at Ullbutiken.

Alternatives to wool and down fillings

Kapok filling

Kapok seeds I IMG 8004

Kapok is difficult to spin but is used as an alternative to down as filling in mattresses, pillows, upholstery, zafus, and stuffed toys such as teddy bears, and for insulation. Source: “Ceiba pentandra.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Sold at Lotus Design non-eco? per kg (not in stock during writing). I have no idea how warm this is. Has anybody tried this in a blanket?

Price 16€ / kg

Can also be bought non-eco by the bale direct from China.

White Lotus in the U.S.A. sells eco-pillows filled with kapok.

Dual filling with buckwheat hull in one chamber

Through amazon.co.uk PERFECT PILLOW sells organic kapok for stuffing at 12£ / kg and a duvet is also availible there for 286£.

Swedish note: Kapok kan certifieras med bra miljöval om Fair Wild Foundations regler följts vid indsamlingen.

Coconut coir (to sit on)

Sold at Lotus Design in blocks coated with latex (not in stock during writing). I have no idea how warm or soft this is. Has anybody tried this?

Price 12€ / piece