The down and feather is collected following the preparation of the meat and would otherwise be thrown out as trash.
Many farms also have multi-layered functionality when it comes to the raising of birds. In China, there are farms where Geese roam free throughout commercial Asian Pear orchards.
The droppings from the birds fertilizes the trees, while surrounding the orchard lies existing water and shelter for the birds.
And with such a low economic value per bird within an already low-impact supply chain, it was recently finally published that down has an 85 – 97% lower impact on the environment than a recycled synthetic alternative.