From Fiber to Funeral: Recycling, Circularity and End of Life Planning for Outdoor
Apparel & Bags
An Outdoor Retailer webinar education series Sponsored by Downlite, IDFL and deBrand
Mason, OH, June 29, 2021 — In preparation for the international Outdoor Retailer trade show this August, Downlite Outdoor, a division of Downlite, with IDFL – Laboratories and Institute and deBrand will sponsor an Outdoor Retailer education series Webinar July 22, 2021 – 2:00 pm EST, Register here.
The webinar is presented by three industry leaders who continue to evolve the industry standards in recycling, upcycling and circularity. Join Downlite Outdoor, IDFL- Laboratory and Institute, and deBrand as they walk you through end-of-life-planning for outdoor apparel and bags.
From Fiber to Funeral: Recycling, Circularity and End of Life Planning for Outdoor Apparel & Bags. In this session we will look at filled outerwear and bags – beginning to end – by exploring Life Cycle Assessments (information gathering and application possibilities for your brand); Fibers, from beginning to breakdown; Opportunities for Circularity (moving a product backwards through the supply chain) and what your brand can do with unsellable merchandise/goods/waste; And what you can do, yourself, to buy better, wear better and help mother Earth protect and maintain her finite resources.
With more than a 100 years of down processing experience, Ohio-based Downlite is a trusted partner to many of the most recognizable apparel and sleeping bag brands in the outdoor industry. Downlite has pioneered breakthrough innovations in performance down technologies and has emerged as a leader in traceability and transparency through its global supply chain.
IDFL – IDFL Laboratory and Institute, is the largest down and feather testing laboratory in the world with over 8,000 clients in 80 countries. IDFL provides testing services for filled-textiles like: down and feather material and products, textiles, synthetic fills, and natural fills.
deBrand – Has built relationships with the industry leaders in the textile recycling, repair, and re-use sectors. These partnerships enable them to offer companies a diverse range of responsible solutions for any product, meeting thechallenges of managing obsolete, damaged, or unsalable goods.
“It’s never and easy topic… and it’s so important to think about an end of life plan for outdoor apparel – as a result we are so excited to partner with IDFL and deBrand, to discuss and show all of the various levels of recycling and circularity for garments and outdoor gear, and what is possible…today and in the future. Explains Lindsay Parrish, Downlite VP of Sales and Marketing.
Downlite has a rich history in feather and down sourcing, with origins dating back more than 100 years in Europe. Downlite is the largest US supplier of bedding for the home and hospitality industries (Macy’s, Costco, Marriott International, W Hotels). Downlite is also one of the largest suppliers of bulk down and feather to apparel and sleeping bag makers in the outdoor industry. A leader in responsible sourcing, Downlite is proud to have been awarded the first RDS Scope Certificate. Additionally, Downlite was offered the first TDS-Certified supply chain in the world – both from Europe and the USA. Downlite has four US-based manufacturing sites, and one manufacturing site in Canada; sourcing teams based in China, Europe, and the US. Downlite is bluesign certified, and a proud member of the American Feather & Down Council. Downlite Outdoor
Some Downlite current customers include Patagonia, The North Face, Marmot, REI, Canada Goose, Lululemon, Ralph Lauren, Enlightened Equipment, Hammock Gear, Columbia Sportswear, Haglofs, Cascade Design and Banana Republic.