1. Via the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, Chinese goose farmers have excess geese since the bottom dropped out of the down market (that’s the feather-down, not the “down” market as in “stock prices sinking”); and,
2. Via the American Chemical Society, feather keratin is ducky for making fibers with sustainable materials (rather than synthetic polymers).
China Focus: Financial crisis bears down on goose, feather producers 12.03.08, From:Xinhua (Chinese Ministry of Commerce, English translation via Ministery of Information Technology)
Andrew J. Poole, Jeffrey S. Church and Mickey G. Huson, “Environmentally Sustainable Fibers from Regenerated Protein,” CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, P.O. Box 21, Belmont, Victoria, 3216, Australia in : Biomacromolecules, Article ASAP, Publication Date (Web): November 26, 2008 (Copyright Published 2008 by the American Chemical Society)
And, KC and the Sunshine Band, “Get Down Tonight”
(Abstracts reproduced after the jump)