Do you know where the down in some jackets and bedding comes from? Social media star Kalel has the answer, and here’s a hint: You’ll be shocked.


Down is the soft layer of feathers closest to the skin of geese and ducks, and it’s torn by the fistful from their bodies—often while they’re still alive. Can you even imagine what that would feel like? We teamed up with Kalel to show why no one should be down with down. She’s committed to a vegan lifestyle, which she knows means not wearing anything that comes from an animal. She’s basically our #WCW, every day.

Check out what she has to say:

“There’s nothing fashionable about cruelty.”


Horrifying, right? Most down comes from birds who were victims of the meat and foie gras industries. Ducks and geese raised for foie gras have pipes jammed down their throats to force-feed them until their livers become diseased and enlarged, and then they’re slaughtered and their livers are sold as a “delicacy.” (WTF?)

There’s no way around it: Buying products made with down is f*cked up! Never buy anything that contains down, because now you know that it’s more than just a jacket or comforter—it’s painful and cruel. With so many cruelty-free clothing and bedding options available—such as ThermoBall and Thinsulate, which are superior to down in many ways, even providing insulation in wet weather—the decision not to buy items made with down couldn’t be easier.

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