Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Eider?

The Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) is a bulky sea duck that is native to the northern coasts of Europe, North America and eastern Siberia. Eider ducks breed in the Arctic and in several northern temperate regions, but winter southward in temperate zones, provided they have gathered in large flocks on appropriate coastal waters.

Where does eiderdown come from?

Eiderdown is composed of the breast feathers plucked by the female Common Eider duck to line her nest. Once the nest has been fully abandoned, eider farmers gather the down for limited and expensive use as eiderdown comforters, eiderdown pillows and eiderdown ski wear.

Are Eiders bothered in the process of the eiderdown harvest?

Not at all. In fact, eider birds are drawn to these protected regions by the farmers who care for, feed and safeguard eiders from poachers. The harvest is sustainable and safe in these pockets of eider colonies of the northern hemisphere.

Is an eiderdown comforter a suitable bed covering?

An eiderdown comforter is the best sort of bedspread available. Eiderdown comforters and eiderdown duvets are cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eiderdown is light, soft and cozy--you'll feel as though you're being sheltered by the mother Eider herself!

I've heard eiderdown clothing is ideal for harsh temperatures and long winters. Is this true?

Absolutely! Eiderdown is one of the warmest harvested fillers around for parkas and other types of eiderdown clothing, such as eider ski wear. Eiderdown's clusters make it a dense and tight-knit stuffer, although relatively weightless, thus warm and comfortable. Purchase eiderdown clothing for your next ski trip or cold winter season.