Part of its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, down and feather processor and supplier Downlite has received the stringent Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certification, which will be offered under its new 100% recycled re/charged down.
GRS, owned and managed by Textile Exchange, is a certification for products with recycled content. It provides brands with a tool for more accurate labeling to encourage innovation in the use of reclaimed materials, to establish more transparency in the supply chain, and to provide better information to consumers. Downlite’s third party GRS certification was awarded by Textile Exchange accredited auditor, the Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification (ICEA).
“Our GRS certification validates that re/charged down is not only 100% recycled, but also 100% post-consumer, thus eliminating tons of material going into a landfill,” said Chad Altbaier, VP Outdoor, Downlite. “This down will be processed in our Cincinnati plant where our advanced waste water recycling system was recently installed, which allows us to dramatically reduce the amount of water needed to cleanse it to our accepted level – two times governmental standards.”
According to Downlite, its GRS certified re/charged down, which is in significant supply, provides unprecedented performance levels for 100% recycled down due to its ability to “boost” the down to a higher cluster and resulting fill power. re/charged down is offered in both white and gray colors and can be combined with Downlite’s performance-enhancing technologies such as its proprietary PFC-free DWR treatments and Pur-Down anti-microbial solution.
Downlite’s GRS certification is the most recent in a series of ongoing environmental and sustainable initiatives, which include the waste water recycling system, installation of LED lighting in its plants and office buildings, adherence to bluesign certification and down traceability, and the development of TDS and RDS down standards.