Downlite launches new composting initiative
July 14, 2017,
The down and feather processor and supplier of responsibly-sourced
Downlite recently engaged an outside organic recycling company to utilize the large waste feathers that traditionally end up in landfill, and instead, treat them for soil compost.
As Downlite explained much of the by-product its collaborative recycling company receives for compost is food waste with high moisture content.
By adding Downlite’s dry waste feathers to the mix, the compost becomes more manageable. Additionally, the feathers have added pore space that degrades the organic matter of the compost more efficiently. Also helpful is that the feathers are rich in keratin, a protein that slowly releases nitrogen when added to compost. The slow release of nitrogen allows for long-term plant growth stimulation.
This new effort is the most recent in a series of Downlite’s ongoing environmental and sustainable initiatives. Last fall, the company installed a wastewater recycling system to treat and recycle water used to process down. To date, the system has successfully allowed the company to treat and recycle over 20 million gallons of water – exceeding company expectations.
“Our sustainability efforts go well beyond our sourcing and production processes, they also serve as the foundation for new products that we create for our partners,” said Brian Parnes, vp of marketing, design and product development, Downlite.
To help manage the upward costing pressure down is now facing, he continued, Downlite will soon introduce new hybrid insulations involving natural and recycled materials, “which offer the dual benefit of enhancing the performance of the material, while being grounded in our core value of environmental stewardship.”
Also for market, September 11-14, Downlite will present its new Fall/winter 2018 bedding collection.
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