Textile Exchange, NSF to Merge Down Standards

The two standards share the common goal of ensuring best practices
March 17, 2017David Gill

TextilesExchangeNSFLAMESA, Texas-Textile Exchange and NSF International, two organizations that develop eco-friendly standards for textiles and other products, will work together to merge the Responsible Down and Global Traceable Down standards into one global down standard.

The two standards share the common goal of ensuring that best practices are in place to respect the Five Freedoms of birds throughout the down supply chain. The Five Freedoms, according to the Farm Animal Welfare Council, are freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury or disease; freedom to express normal behavior; and freedom from fear and distress.

Currently, more than 80 brands certify their down supply chains to either the Responsible Down or Global Traceable Down standards.

In a joint statement Textile Exchange and NSF said they are committed to an open and transparent process of merging the two standards by working with representatives from brands, suppliers, animal welfare groups and other interested parties.

David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.


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