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How to Recycle Feather Pillows

Updated July 20, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Things You'll Need

  • Feather pillows
  • Zippered pillow cases, optional
  • Scissors
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About the Author

Annie Kluza has been in the public-relations field since 1998, writing for clients in a number of markets and platforms. An avid traveler, she has published many travel articles, both online and in regional magazines such as "Magazine of Summerlin" and "205 South." Kluza holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications studies, magna cum laude, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.