How to Recycle Feather Pillows

Written by annie kluza
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Today, recycling is the name of the game. But sometimes certain items are questionable, such as old feather pillows. Don't throw them away; there are a number of ways to recycle, donate or repurpose them.

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Things you need

  • Feather pillows
  • Zippered pillow cases, optional
  • Scissors

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    Put your old feathered pillows into zippered pillow covers if you plan to donate them; usually the seams on an old pillow may be worn. If you have more than one pillow, don't wash more than two at a time. Wash on a gentle cycle with less soap than you would normally use. Dry on low in the drier or on the line outside.

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    Drop off the pillows at a recycling centre or donate them to charity shops such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army. You can also donate old feather pillows to animal shelters.

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    Compost the feathers. Cut the pillows open, gather the feathers and dump them on your compost pile. Make sure to cover them so they don't blow away.

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    Place a thin layer of feathers in a hole when planting. Feathers are a good source of nitrogen and work well for soft fruit such as raspberries and strawberries.

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    Use the feathers as a stuffing for other items, such as pet beds or cushions. They can also be utilised in various craft projects.

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