FLWRDWN™ Flower Down FAQs

What is your puffer jacket made from?
A 100% recycled polyester shell with a flower down filling.

What’s so special about the flower down you use?
As well as being vegan and cruelty-free, super warm and light, it is the first time that this kind of flower has been used in a loose-fill insulation. Other vegetable-originated fibers exist but they are usually compressed in a nonwoven, roll to roll setting. The flower down technology has a patent covering the production method and unique combination of flower and biopolymer. It’s also the first time ever that an aerogel made of cellulose has been used in the process to increase thermal insulation properties.

Do you use feathers?
No, we use alternatives to animal-originated materials. We do not agree with the abuse that is required to obtain the feather fillings for regular puffer jackets.

How warm is flower down?
Thanks to a combination of renewable and vegetable fibers with aerogel patented technology, our puffer guarantees extraordinary thermal insulation properties while allowing optimal breathability, meaning you stay warm without getting overheated and sweaty. It is as warm as most high-end feather down jackets with the standard 90/10 down-feather ratio.

How warm is the PANGAIA FLWRDWN puffer jacket in harsh conditions (e.g. at -20C)?
A puffer jacket’s warmth is measured by its thermal resistance (RCT), insulation (RC) and performance (CLO). To put it simply, our FLWRDWN is completely suitable to allow thermal equilibrium in conditions where temperatures are -20C. It’s as warm as your average puffer/ski jacket and a little less warm than heavy polar equipment!  We are currently developing more formulations of FLWRDWN, including an ultra thermal performing one, good enough for extreme weather conditions!

What is your puffer jacket made from?
A 100% recycled polyester shell with a flower down filling. ​FLWRDWN:​ ​A fully biodegradable material, created with natural​ wild flowers and a biopolymer. It has been carefully infused with aerogel for performance and durability.

Is your PANGAIA FLWRDWN jacket waterproof?
PANGAIA FLWRDWN™ puffer jackets are not waterproof at the moment, but they do offer a level of water resistance. 

Can you wash the FLWRDWN jacket it in the washing machine?
We recommend gently hand washing your PANGAIA FLWRDWN™ puffer jacket - it is better for the garment, and the environment.

Is it light like duck and goose down?
Yes. The lightweight flower down is mixed with aerogel so it’s 98.2% air with a 0.04g/cm3 density, making it feel super comfortable on the body.

Why did you choose flower down for your puffer?
As well as it being cruelty-free and sustainable, we love the fact that its plant-based, vegan and effective at doing the job we need - lightweight warmth. Light and warm, the wild flowers used have a down-like microstructure, without the bacterial issues of animal-derived filling.

How many flowers are used in one jacket?

Each coat is filled with 400 to 550 grams of plant matter.

Are the flowers totally unprocessed?
The natural wild flowers in FLWRDWN™ are unprocessed, they are simply harvested, mechanically cleaned, and dried. This method also doesn’t use any water. 

Down is known for its warmth to weight, where does this fall when compared to a jacket of similar build, with 700, 750, 800 fill power?
The PANGAIA FLWRDWN™ puffer jackets have a Fill Power of 750.

When it comes to longevity, will it be as long lasting as down?
PANGAIA FLWRDWN™ is a long-lasting cruelty-free down. It is long-lasting, if treated according to the care instructions on your garment.

What green-tech do you use in your flower down jacket?
A patented system called aerogel helps the microstructure to be water repellant and to increase thermal insulation. Aerogel is made of 85% recycled paper, is non-toxic, ultra-light and biodegradable.

Does anyone else use this green-tech?
No, it’s the first time that this type of aerogel insulation has been used in combination with flower down. It’s the first green aerogel and it took our scientific partners over 10 years to develop.