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Downlite expands RDS certified down supply in Europe and Asia

The decision was a response to a high demand for the company’s RDS-certified down in both the outdoor and home furnishings market.

29th July 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Mason, OH

Interiors, Sports/​Outdoor, Medical/Hygiene

According to Chad Altbaier, VP and Business Development, Downlite, the trend of supply chain custody, traceability and responsible sourcing does not appear to be slowing down. Consumers are demanding transparency from the brands they are aligned with, and need to trust that these brands are not only using environmentally-friendly materials, but also following sustainable practices.

“Significant demand for our RDS-certified down in both the outdoor and home furnishings market provoked us to expand our RDS certified supply chain in Europe and Asia,” said Altbaier. “This increased supply will assure our partners that they’ll will have the option of manufacturing products made with 100% RDS certified down.”

RDS certification

RDS certification traces the down supply chain ensuring companies that the down used in their products comes from ethically treated geese and ducks.  

NEMO Equipment recently joined Berghaus in Downlite’s growing list of RDS-certified down partners. Altbaier said a number of additional outdoor and home furnishings brands are coming on board with Downlite RDS-certified down programs for FW17 and will be announced later this year.


Downlite is America’s leading manufacturer of down and feather, and synthetic bedding products. Its products – comforters, pillows, mattress pads, and feather and fiber beds – are sold under private label in leading department stores, specialty stores, and catalogгуs, as well as under major national brand names.

Downlite also supplies high-quality bulk fills to furniture, outerwear and sleeping bag manufacturers. Downlite is a bluesign system partner, and a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and American Down & Feather Council (ADFC).

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