Reuse your feather and down bedding in the garden

Reuse your feather and down bedding in the garden

Did you know duvets and pillows made from natural materials are fully biodegradable after use.

The cotton covers of all pillows and duvets, as well as the feather and down for the filling are of natural origin. This means they will fully break down over time, unlike other synthetic products which will leave a long-lasting waste footprint on our planet.

Down and feather filled products, if cared for correctly will have a longer lease of life than synthetics. But like all good things, they must come to an end. Once you have finished with your pillows and duvets from Down & Cotton, you could try one of these three new uses in the garden.


Here’s our top tips to reuse your feather and down duvets…

Lady kneeling in the garden, tending to vegetable plants

Knee Cushion

Once your feather and down pillows have fulfilled their purpose in helping you get a good night’s sleep, you can reuse them in the garden as a kneeling cushion. Add a waterproof vinyl cover to enhance the life span further. Your pillow that once aided with a restful night’s sleep will now be able to protect your knees in the garden when tending to your flower beds and boarders.

Strawberry Plants with Flowers


Feathers are an excellent organic fertilizer and are perfect for reuse in the garden. Either pop the contents of your pillows and duvets directly into your compost bin or use then when planting up vegetables. Place a thin layer of feathers in a hole before popping your vegetables or fruit plants in the ground. Raspberries and strawberries will thrive on a feather base, as feathers are rich in nitrogen.

Metal Watering Can being used to water Flowering Plants in the Garden

Feather Tea

Make a Feather Tea for your plants in the garden. Soak any feathers and down from your pre-loved pillows and duvets in water, this will help to release the nitrogen and minerals they contain. It will help to boost the growth of your plants and is perfect for flowering plants in the garden, giving them more, and longer lasting blooms.

Here’s how to make your own Feather Tea:-

  • Grab yourself a bucket, trug or plastic storage box
  • Add several large handfuls of feather and down. Around 100g is a good start
  • Pour in 8 liters of tap water, you can use rainwater if you have it to hand as this will add to the mineral content of your Feather Tea
  • Leave for 60 to 90 days to brew
  • Your Feather Tea is now ready to use, you can pour directly onto your plants including any feathers that are still in the water

Happy gardening!

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