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’s 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 discards and help expand and add value to the recycling stream.
We’re making progress
Where We Are
For our Spring 2020 line, 12 styles are insulated with recycled down, and we expect that number to grow in future seasons. Our demand for recycled down has already led to an increase in the use of this material, and as other apparel companies follow our lead, we expect the amount of down recycling will 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 before we found the perfect partners who were able to meet our high-quality standards; the legwork really paid off. Both the collector and the processor we partner with are family-owned businesses and 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 since 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 get more people on board with recycling—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.