16th Jun 2017
The More You Know – Where We Get Our Down
A lot of customers ask us where our down comes from, or how we get it. The sourcing of our high quality down and feathers starts with long-term and trusted relationships between experienced buyers and established suppliers. Within our supply chain management, we believe in the ethical treatment of waterfowl. Utilizing our Down-Trac™ process, we source natural down and feather material from all over the globe.
Downlite’s humane sourcing begins with the selection of down and feathers that are harvested as a by-product of the poultry industry. We work closely with our suppliers to ensure the humane treatment of the waterfowl, including the elimination of live plucking.
We insist that all of our partners throughout the supply chain share our commitment to responsible and sustainable harvesting practices – without exception. Through Down-Trac™, we hold signed affidavits for all suppliers confirming this to be true. This practice has earned us the Responsible Down Standard certification.
Our RestAssured™ cleaning and sterilizing process is among the most sophisticated in the world. Through constant in-house and third party testing, we exceed government standards for hypoallergenic cleanliness. RestAssured™ is a bluesign® certified environmentally friendly washing process. We also strive to achieve 100% usage by minimizing waste throughout our cleaning processes.
Through these standards we create the highest quality down bedding in North America. These efforts have also led to participation in trade groups set up by the leaders in the outdoor industry – Patagonia and The North Face, along with other top brands.