The coldhearted and cruel down industry often plucks geese alive in order to get their down—the soft layer of feathers closest to a bird’s skin. These feathers are used to produce clothing and comforters, but for geese, the down industry’s methods are anything but comfortable. Undercover video footage shows employees on goose farms pulling fistfuls of feathers out of live birds, often causing bloody wounds as the animals shriek in terror. The frightened animals are often squeezed upside down between workers’ knees during the painful procedure—in one instance, an investigator photographed a worker who was sitting on a goose’s neck in order to prevent her from escaping.
Live plucking causes birds considerable pain and distress. Once their feathers are ripped out, many of the birds, paralyzed with fear, are left with gaping wounds—some even die as a result of the procedure. Workers often sew the birds’ skin back together without using any anesthetics.
Gilo Lifestyle are against cruelty to animals and the harm and pain inflicted upon the ducks for the use of their down and feathers to fill garments. Gilo have therefore gone for green clothing using a high quality synthetic fibre filling made with insulative materials by DuPont.
This fibre filling has been developed to be used as an alternative to down and feather filling.
This fibre filling creates lightweight garments and offers the same unique compression and recovery characteristics that customers need. It feels and works to keep the body warm, in very much the same way down does.