Recommendations for consumers from EDFA

What should a perfect duvet look like? What is the average lifespan of goose down duvets? What should be considered in pillows for supporting the head? As a proud member of EDFA, we’ve compiled essential tips to help you make informed decisions. In this article, you’ll find everything you need to know to become a savvy consumer and make the most out of your purchases. So, let’s dive in and start empowering ourselves today!

We spend about a third of our lives in our beds, the vast majority of which is spent sleeping. While we may fall asleep easily, the question remains: Are we really achieving a healthy sleep pattern? An environment that supports the body, breathes, and provides protection against dust and mites is essential for real rest.

Within the framework of the regulations and sustainability principles of the European Down and Feather Association (EDFA), of which we are a member, we continue our work with a sense of social responsibility and respect for animal rights; we are doing a lot of work to be one of the innovative names in the sector. In this sense, EDFA is one of the important names that guide decision-makers with its advisory studies. We share the headlines of the recommendations compiled by EDFA for down and feather products, which are the most preferred filling material in many addresses from businesses to homes.

Although the temperature demand varies from person to person, the recommendations of experts meet at a common point, according to different cultures, the recommended temperature range for the bedroom is 18 to 20 °C. Individuals who feel cold at this temperature may be offered warmer blanket options to compensate for the heat. With the light, medium, warm, and extra warm duvets available in the market, it is possible to offer a sleeping experience at the ideal room temperature without compromising the comfort of warmth.

The perfect goose down duvet…

  • should protect from the cold with its strong thermal insulation and should not cause sweating with its breathing structure,
  • should have optimal moisture transfer, which absorbs the moisture that occurs during sleep and transfers it to the air,
  • should be light,
  • should have a soft and smooth texture,
  • should have compatible dimensions and fit perfectly on the duvet cover set,
  • should provide sufficient thermal insulation without being heavy,
  • should have good workmanship from its seams to balance,
  • should have the NOMITE label to be suitable for use by individuals with dust mite allergies.

Note the details on the label

The label provides more details about the identity of a product than you might expect. Especially when it comes to filling, you can find a lot of useful information here. Sleeping product labels provide information such as feather color and origin, whether it is a new or processed product and the blend ratio of down and feathers. It is especially important to know the blend ratio because goose down is lighter than the feather but has a much higher thermal insulation capacity and a higher market value.

One of the most important criteria for evaluating the value of a duvet is the proportion of goose down, and the higher the proportion, the more valuable and expensive the comforter tends to be.

As for pillows, the situation is different due to ergonomic reasons. Pillows should contain a filling material that supports the head and preferably the upper part of the body throughout the sleeping period. Therefore, a mixture of goose down and bird feathers is preferred.

The importance of proper care for your products

Goose down and feather filled sleeping products are easy to care for. Keep these tips in mind for long use.

  • Air out your bedroom and comforters regularly every day. This creates a climate that dust mites don’t prefer by reducing the moisture in the room and on the bed.
  • To protect allergic individuals, attention should be paid to airing out bedding only on days with open windows or pollen-free days.
  • Pay attention to washing recommendations according to the information written on the label or provided by the seller.
  • It is recommended to replace sleeping products with new ones every 8 to 10 years to prevent them from getting worn out.

According to the maintenance recommendations of the German Textile Cleaning Association, abbreviated as DTV, summer and winter duvets should be cleaned once a year as recommended by experts. Since the head area tends to sweat more, it is recommended that pillows be cleaned more frequently than duvets.