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DownTek water repellent down is now PFC-free

DownTek will showcase the new technology at Outdoor Retailer next month.

12th December 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Cincinnati, OH

Sports/​Outdoor, Sustainable

Sustainable Down Source, a division of Down Décor, has announced an initiative that entails replacing its entire durable water-repellent (DWR) down line with a PFC-free water repellent down that uses bluesign approved chemistry that out-performs the company’s original ZeroPFC treatment as tested by the IDFL shake test.

“We have worked tirelessly to source our down responsibly and develop a more evolved technology that ensures our down is not only the highest performing product on the market, but is also the benchmark for environmental sustainability,” said Andrew Payne, Principal at Sustainable Down Source. 

“Without hesitation I can say that brands who want the best performance from their DWR treated down and are committed to making our planet a healthier place to live and play are making the change to our new DownTek formula.”

The DownTek initiative aims to reflect the company’s commitment to create and lead a greener industry standard for DWR treated down insulation.  DownTek’s quest began with its recent launch of DownTek Zero PFC, a perfluorocarbon-free water repellent down that uses a nature-inspired approach to achieving water repellency.  But because ZeroPFC was unable to reach the same level of performance as the original DownTek, SDS continued R&D until it was able to achieve the benefits of both their formulas in one new product: DownTek PFC-Free Water Repellent Down.

Sustainable Down Source is RDS-certified and a bluesign System Partner. Its new PFC-Free formula complies with the ecological and toxicological requirements as put forth by the bluesign criteria.

DownTek will showcase the new technology at Outdoor Retailer next month. The new technology will replace the whole SDS DWR product line and will be available to all new and existing brand partners.

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