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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-15-08 10:49 AM
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What can I do with old feather pillows?
I have a couple feather pillows that are leaking feathers like sieves, so I don't want them in the house any more.

Do I just throw them away? Is there an ecological alternative?

Are they something that one could freecycle? I wouldn't want to take someone's old pillow, but maybe others would?

Suggestions and thoughts much appreciated.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-15-08 10:50 AM
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1. Pillow fight!!!
When should I be there?
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southpaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-15-08 10:51 AM
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2. Soak 'em down with farm-grade deisel or kerosene
and burn them on a pyre composed of old tires, styrofoam refuse and kittens.
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Tektonik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-15-08 10:52 AM
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3. You could get a high thread count pillow protector
I'd probably just throw it away/put it in a closet and get a new pillow.

Pillows are allergen magnets, and getting new ones or putting an anti allergy pillow protector is a good idea.
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vard28 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-15-08 10:55 AM
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4. Animal rescue
You could call your local animal rescue and see if they'd like it for pet beds?
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mainegreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-15-08 10:57 AM
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5. Donate to local Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
They can use those feathers to rehabilitate injured birds. The science has really advanced there, allowing feather grafting, even cross species (goose to hawk for example). There is a real shortage of feathers for wildlife rehabilitation, as most birds are not organ donors.
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-15-08 10:59 AM
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6. get hot tar, pour over the nearest
GOPer, add feathers and find a rail out of town
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-15-08 12:56 PM
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7. you can take them in to be reticked
and they'll be like new again.
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marzipanni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-15-08 01:06 PM
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8. Here's a place that'll blow them up
with their own ultra-violet cleaned feathers, in a new ticking, for 21 semolians.
http://www.the-pillow-shop.com/catalog/product_info.php...
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-15-08 01:25 PM
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9. That's about 4 times what I paid for these pieces of shit
Edited on Fri Aug-15-08 01:26 PM by Rabrrrrrr
Good idea otherwise, though!

I should have mentioned in the OP that these are really shitty feather pillows - thin, understuffed, and held in with really crappy hugely-porous material that lets the feathers practically fly out.

They came as part of a set with a comforter, and I should have known, as I have been taught over and over again, you get what you pay for - and feather pillows and a comforter for $30 or was a fucking dumb idea.
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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-15-08 01:50 PM
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10. Reduce, reuse, recyle....
Tar and feathering, anyone?

Although, now that I think about it, I suspect that tar has a large carbon footprint compared to the recycling of feathers.

IF you can locate a suitable carbon-neutral alternative to tar, then do carry on.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-15-08 01:52 PM
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11. Perhaps high fructose corn syrup? I can just grab almost any kid's "fruit" "drink" and heat it up.
That ought to hurt!
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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-15-08 02:42 PM
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13. Indeed - "fruit drink"
You'd be doing red-blooded American children a favor by taking that out of the supply chain.

:patriot:
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-15-08 01:56 PM
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12. save them in a plastic trash bag until you have enough cheap feather pillow's worth
to make a nice big pillow. Keep it in your "sewing" closet for 10 or 15 years. :eyes: yes they are still there.
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-15-08 02:44 PM
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14. do you have woods nearby?
You could shake them out in the woods. The critters would be grateful when it's time to build winter abodes.
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-15-08 04:10 PM
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15. I've heard they're good in compost.
High in nitrogen, but probably a higher likelyhood of bad smell too if you don't get the mix right.
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