Eiderdown, or eider down, comes from the Common Eider Duck, a large migratory sea duck. The common eider duck ranges along the northern coasts of eastern Siberia, Europe and North America.
Approximately 85-90% of the worlds eiderdown comes from Iceland, 10-15% comes from Canada. This down is exceptionally soft and has insulating properties superior to goose down, wool, cotton or synthetic fills.
The eiderdown used in our comforters and pillows comes from a unique sanctuary located on islands in the St. Lawrence Estuary in Canada. These sanctuary islands provide a relatively safe place for the eider ducks to rest and nest during their annual migration.
A Male Eider Duck, 2 Females and 4 Fluffy Ducklings
These sanctuaries are closely managed and cared for by the Société Duvetnor Ltée (a non-profit organization), in cooperation with the Canadian Wildlife Service. Many other birds that live and nest on these islands also benefit from the work of this group, along with the Eider Duck.
The intrinsic qualities of eiderdown; it's softness and extraordinary insulating ability, makes it very valuable. If there were not an organization such as Duvetnor in Canada, or the farmers in Iceland that also create sanctuaries for the eider duck, these birds would likely be facing extinction.
Fortunately, these sanctuaries do exist. Profits from the sustainable harvest of eiderdown allows Duvetnor to continue its valuable work in helping to assure the continued existence of the eider duck.
An Eider Duck Nest
The female eider duck will pluck the down from her breast and line her nest and cover the eggs with the down to keep her eggs warm and cozy as they incubate.
As the eggs near the end of the incubation period some of the down is gathered from the nests by a devoted team of Duvetnor staff and volunteer assistants.
Great care is taken to minimize any disturbance to the eider duck during this process, and while the birds are nesting their human guardians help protect them from predators, both human and wild.
This relationship between wild eider duck and guardian has existed for generations and helps insure the continued existence of a beautiful rare bird and a valuable resource.
From Their Nest, To Yours
True Eiderdown is the only down that has absolutely no feathers or rigid quills. It is extremely soft, elastic and resistant to repeated compression.
This means that your eiderdown duvet or pillow will never lose it's comforting warmth and fluffy loft. It's durability is unequaled by any other down.
Eiderdown, with its softness and unique "cling" (also known as cohesion) is exceptionally well suited to use in bedding, with its amazing ability to adjust to temperature; keeping you warm when it's cold, and cooler when it's warm.