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duvet inserts: down vs down alternative

When James and I got married last year, we didn’t buy any new bedding.  In fact, we didn’t even have a registry because we wanted to buy home goods slowly, making sure we only bought what we needed, when we needed it.

Fast forward eight months, we decided it was time for us to get a new duvet.  We were using a full-size duvet, while our bed was a queen.  It barely covered the edges of our mattress.

Since it was going to be our first bedding purchase, we I thought it’d be a good idea to splurge a little for quality so we went with the classic down from West Elm.  Unfortunately, we hated it!  The feathers wouldn’t stop coming out!  Any dark clothing that came into contact with our bed would be instantly covered in what looked like lint, which was actually just tiny feathers.  James and I would Swiffer four times a week and our apartment would still look like it was covered in “dust”.  When I started finding little feathers in my nose, hair and eyelashes, enough was enough.  I complained to West Elm and they let me return it for a full refund even though it was well past the return date.

So, the hunt for another duvet was back on.  This time, we went to Bed, Bath & Beyond.  We were debating between getting another real down or a down alternative.  But after learning just a little bit about how down is produced, we decided to go with the alternative option.  Even though I’m not a vegan (maybe one day), I always feel sad when I hear about animals suffering, especially for our unnecessary comforts.

We ended up getting this one from the Real Simple line and so far, it’s been great!  We can lay dark clothing on our bed again and Swiffering had dropped back down to just once a week.

Since the down alternative works perfectly fine and feels just as comfortable, we will probably never buy a real down duvet again.

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