PrimaLoft, Inc., specialist in providing comfort solutions with high-performance insulations and fabrics, announced it has adopted the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) and will offer fully traceable goose and duck down products. This step builds on the launch of its Performance Down Blend products in Fall 2014. The PrimaLoft® Performance Down Blend product is created by a proprietary process that fuses water-repellent, fluorocarbon-free treated down with PrimaLoft® insulation. Specifically, this hybrid insulation is engineered by intimately blending premium down with moisture blocking, permanent water repellent PrimaLoft® ultra-fine fibers, combining the best attributes of both materials.

Responsible Down Standard (RDS) logo
Responsible Down Standard (RDS) logo
PrimaLoft will offer the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) as an option for all of its Performance Down Blend brand partners working with Gold, Silver and Black variations of the technology.  RDS-certified products have been completely traced along the supply chain to validate the source of material, and confirm the down does not come from animals that have been subjected to unnecessary harm, including force-feeding and live plucking. Independent third-party audits are applied to the entire supply chain and performed once a year. Brands that elect to use RDS-certified down will incur a small increase upcharge based upon current market demand.

Furthermore, PrimaLoft, Inc., announced it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group’s sustainability measurement tool, the Higg Index, to drive environmental responsibility across its supply chain.

 Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) logo
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) logo
In its relationship with the SAC, PrimaLoft will contribute both data and resources to support the Higg Index, which gauges environmental sustainability and drives supply chain decision-making to better efficiency and sustainability impact. The Higg Index is an open source, indicator-based tool that allows suppliers, manufacturers, brands and retailers to evaluate materials, products, facilities and processes based on environmental and product design choices.