Until recently I didn’t think twice about wearing down filled clothing. In my naïve little mind the geese that provided me with warmth and fluffy comfort did so without harm. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The geese that provide us with down live a hideous existence. They are kept in cramped quarters and are not free to fly or roam free like the geese we curse out for soiling our suburban soccer fields. Their feathers are literally plucked from their bodies while they writhe and screech in pain. Sounds like a hell of a life, right?
Well, better late than never, technology has advanced, and now there are new products available that are warmer, lighter, and drier than down. The North Face recently introduced ThermoBall, a synthetic insulation that traps warm air, stays dry, and wicks away moisture to keep you comfortable on the coldest days. Better yet, it’s thin and light, which means that you won’t look twice your size and feel weighted down.
Columbia has invented a silver lining, literally, called Omni-Heat. It reflects and retains your body heat and it also wicks moisture so that you stay dry and warm no matter what the weather and circumstances. And, it’s also light and thin so you won’t look like the Hulk. I bought a long Omni-Heat coat for my 82 year old mother for Christmas and she raves about it. She said she didn’t get cold when she was out in sub-zero temperatures this week. Bravo Columbia!
So what would you rather wear? A heavy, bulky, moisture absorbing coat that is filled with feathers from a tortured goose, or a thin, light, warmer, water resistant coat that is guilt free? That’s a no-brainer!
Warning: This video is graphic but I really believe that everyone needs to understand where their clothes and food comes from so they can make informed decisions about what they wear and consume. This is a CBS 5 special report on the subject. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqIL-7njHFY