How to Recycle Feather Pillows

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Things You'll Need

  • Feather pillows

  • Zippered pillow cases, optional

  • Scissors

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.


Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.


Step 4

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.

Step 5

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


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Annie Kluza

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.