News-Releases Index | Allied Feather & Down
ALLIED Feather & Down Releases Down Wash, a Palm Oil-Free Home Laundry Detergent for all Down Products (1/16/19)
ALLIED Feather & Down, global leaders in the responsible sourcing and sustainable processing of the
highest quality down insulation available, introduces a new high-performance, environmentally-
friendly home laundry solution for down products. ALLIED’s Down Wash will be available to retailers
and direct to consumers via its website as well as through partner brand websites.
ALLIED Feather & Down will be the first non-chemical company in the outdoor industry to launch a
home laundry solution for down. ALLIED is taking the same eco-conscious chemical management and
robust sourcing practices that they use every day to wash millions of pounds of down, and using it to
formulate a unique laundry detergent for home use.
“With our knowledge of down backed by 30 years perfecting an environmentally responsible, industry
leading washing and processing method, we thought we could do the same for finished goods and for
the down consumer,” said Daniel Uretsky, President of ALLIED Feather & Down. “Down is both
incredibly complex and can also be mishandled quite easily by using the wrong detergents.”
For the first time ever, ALLIED Feather & Down is taking its palm-oil free detergent and bottling a
special version formulated for use in consumer- and commercial-grade washing machines.
Current research has shown a great deal of misunderstanding around down insulation, cold-weather
insulation in general, and especially, how to care for the down product so essential to the outdoor,
fashion and bedding industries.
A recent survey revealed that while 70% of respondents own at least one down product, more than half
of them thought the items should not be washed. A third of respondents said they don’t wash their
down products because they don’t know how; and another 20 percent believed they don’t have the
proper machine or products to do so. Down Wash will launch in specialty retail outlets globally and
online in 400ml bottles, initially priced at $9.99USD.
Having worked with processing the highest quality down for more than 30 years, Allied realized there
was a need for better care, education and products. The family knew it could provide a solution that
was superior for the down and still work well for the textiles composing the shell of the jacket or
sleeping bag. They found that some products work great on the textiles, and not as well on the down.
The final result is a product that will help maintain the fill power of the down and still work well to
launder the textiles, all without harsh or harmful chemicals or derivatives.
ALLIED wanted to make sure it could use alternate materials as part of its overall environmental
stewardship platform. In conjunction with strict water recycling processes, Down Wash was developed
to ensure it was environmentally friendly and free of any palm oil derivatives, with bluesign approved
components. Most laundry detergents use palm oil as a necessary surfactant under one of their
thousands of derivative’s names, and many are incredibly harsh and will destroy the down that ALLIED
worked so hard to process to last a lifetime. ALLIED is also providing brands and consumers with the
most up-to-date methodology for cleaning down products and aftercare.
Cleaning down is a very precise and gentle cleaning process. When processing the raw material in
ALLIED factories (the most modern and advanced in the world), it needs to be cleaned thoroughly, but
still allow a very precise amount of fat and oils to remain.
“We know that down products have a longer life than their synthetic counterparts. It may seem
counterintuitive to a company who wants to continually sell more down, but it is also part of our global
sustainability initiative, that if we can help keep your down products performing better, longer, we help
to remove a lot of potential waste,” says Uretsky.
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