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An eco-filling to replace down

A hundred years ago, cattail fluff was used as life vest filling – now a Finnish company wants the eco-friendly material for pillows and winter coats.
Höytyvällä täytetty tyyny ja naisen käsi sen vieressä.
Cattail fluff is very similar to down feathers in its properties: soft, elastic, and easily resumes its shape. Photo: Aalto University / Anne Kinnunen

The global market for down and feather fillings is over six billion euros annually, and around 100 billion euros of polyester fibres are used for fillings and fabrics. 

But interest in more sustainable alternatives is growing quickly.

Aalto-born Fluff Stuff wants to use cattail fluff to create a superior competitor for polyester and down feather filling, one that could be used to fill sleeping bags, winter coats, and pillows.

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An eco-filling to replace down

A hundred years ago, cattail fluff was used as life vest filling – now a Finnish company wants the eco-friendly material for pillows and winter coats. Restoring peat bogs for cattail cultivation would also significantly reduce Finland’s emissions, according to the company.

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