Every year, more than 50 billion chickens are killed for food. Currently most chicken feathers end up as landfill, grist for incinerators, or protein powder for animals. The vast majority of insulation material is synthetic and derived from petroleum-based materials. Feathers make up 5% of a chicken’s bodyweight, and 80 chickens can produce 22 pounds of raw materials. This could be a great way for the poultry and insulation industry to collaborate and have less waste and reduce the use of petroleum derived products.
For more information: A new way to use chicken feathers