Our Recycled Down is diverted from the landfill, reducing waste and reintroducing used down into the insulation market.
The Recycled Down we use is a mix of either 600- or 700-fill-power goose and duck down that is reclaimed from cushions, bedding and other used items that can’t be resold—the stuff that ends up adding to our growing landfills. By plucking down from the trash, we reduce waste and contribute to the down-recycling stream.
We're Making Progress
Where We Are
For our Fall 2020 line, we insulated 54 styles with Recycled Down, and we expect that number to grow in the future. Our demand for Recycled Down has already led to increased use of this material. As other apparel companies follow our lead, we expect the amount of down recycling to surge in even more countries. Integrating 100% recycled down into our supply chain took a bit of legwork. There was already a market in Europe for recycled down and feathers, but it took some time to find partners who were able to meet our high-quality standards. The search really paid off when we found a collector and a processor, both family-owned businesses, that share our values for high quality and uncompromising performance.
One of our goals is to increase the amount of recyclable down products. We’re looking into designing products that are easier to recycle. It’s difficult to extract down from apparel, but we can modify garment construction to make this process a little simpler. We’re also looking at ways to convince more people to recycle—we’ll teach folks what they can recycle and where. More recyclable down products and more people recycling their items will mean reduced additions to the waste stream.