Used by Indigenous cultures worldwide for thousands for years, down has always been coveted for its spectacular insulation properties and natural moisture wicking abilities. With it’s light weight and lofty feel, down insulated bedding inserts ensure you’ll remain at the perfect level of comfort and warmth every single night. If that wasn’t enough, down is also one of the most durable insulation materials for duvets and comforters on the market, minimizing your carbon footprint as a consumer.
At Silk & Snow, we source all our down from Brome Lake, a duck farm in rural Quebec, Canada. But what exactly makes Brome Lake down so special? We won’t duck the question. It’s time to find out why we’re so down with Brome Lake down.
Over a Century of Canadian Quality and Expertise
Starting out as a small duck from on the western shore of Brome Lake in 1914, Brome Lake Farms has grown to be the industry leader in duck products in North America. This type of meteoric growth doesn’t happen overnight, meaning Brome Lake has over a century of expertise in producing quality products from their famous ducks.
This expertise extends to all aspects of Brome Lake’s operations; all employees of the farm are trained extensively in animal welfare, ensuring the ducks are treated with care and respect. With over 200 employees (many of whom are 3rd or 4th Generation workers), the farmers at Brome Lake are bona fide maestros when it comes to the ethical production of all things duck.
By sourcing our down from Brome Lake in Canada, we can ensure unparalleled levels of transparency when compared to down sources from other places around the globe. This means you can snuggle up with our down products knowing that they’ve been produced ethically and sustainably in the Great White North.
Care at Every Step
With down certified by the Responsible Down Standard, Brome Lake takes extra consideration to ensure that their ducks are treated ethically, in order to produce top quality down that you can feel good about. That’s why ducks are Brome Lake are raised naturally in climate-controlled, well ventilated buildings that are cleaned regularly. These ducks roam freely, have access to fresh water at all times, and are fed a healthy hormone and drug free diet of vitamin enriched grain and soy. Simply put, happy and healthy ducks means consistently high-quality down.
The Responsible Down Standard
The Responsible Down Standard (RDS) is a global non-profit organization that actively advocates for sustainable and ethical practices within the down and textile industries. Through rigorous inspections from the farm to the final product, RDS Certification ensures that the down has not been live plucked, the birds have not been force-fed, and that the birds have been treated with respect throughout their lives. Only products with 100% certified down can carry the RDS Certification.
Down vs. Feathers
Contrary to what many believe, down and feathers are not the same. Feathers are found on the outside covering of geese or ducks, allowing these birds to fly. Because of this, they contain firm, sturdy quill shafts. Conversely, down is found beneath these protective feathers, and as such does not possess quills. Unlike feathers, down fibres are light, airy, and fluffy, ideal for soft and warm insulation.
The Facts Behind Fill Power
Fill power is a term used to describe the insulation ability of down products. To put it simply, fill power measures the amount of air one ounce of down can effectively trap, which indicates how much insulation it can provide. Our Brome Lake down duvet has a fill power of 600, the ultimate sweet spot for a comfortable level of insulation and warmth.