What Is Down Alternative?

By Riley Seymour | Jun 26, 2024

What Is Down Alternative?

By Riley Seymour | Jun 26, 2024

When choosing a pillow filling, there are many options: silk, memory foam, cotton, polyester, down, or down alternative. All of them are pretty self-explanatory, except for that last one. What is a down alternative pillow? Keep reading for an answer to that question and to learn how it compares to down.

Pillows stacked on bed

What Is Down Alternative Made Of?

Down alternative is a blend of synthetic fibers that resembles down in its loft and softness. At Cozy Earth, our down alternative is made from recycled polyester blended with bamboo viscose inside a bamboo viscose cover, so it's still breathable and soft. It's also vegan and more sustainable than some other options for materials used in bedding.

Down vs. Down Alternative Pillows

Down pillows are made from duck or goose down, or a combination of both. The down feathers come from the belly of the bird. The downside to down pillows includes several potential problems:

  • Some people are allergic to feathers.
  • Down does not provide as much support for your head and neck.
  • Because down comes from birds, it is not a vegan material.


Down alternative pillows are a vegan option and are less likely to cause an allergic reaction if you care for them and store them properly when not in use. Another way to avoid potential skin reactions is to use bamboo pillowcases, which are soft, breathable, and naturally antibacterial.

Whether you're shopping for a new set of luxurious pillows for your bed or a supportive body pillow, consider our down alternative pillows to take your sleep to the next level of comfort.

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