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VIDEO: Nau Launches Recycled Down Insulation

September 8, 2015

Nau sets a new precedent for sustainable down practices as it becomes one of the first brands in the apparel industry to use recycled down insulation. 

The recycled down process began with a vision and a design concept— how to take the standards of sustainable down production to the next level. Nau worked closely with a number of partners over the course of several years to bring recycled down to life. In France, there is a vendor that gathers down from reclaimed down duvets and pillows, sorts it and sends it out for processing. A second vendor in Hungary uses a high quality process to clean, rejuvenate and sort the down to be repurposed into outerwear insulation. The resulting 650-fill power blend of goose and duck down maintains the same weight, quality and insulation properties as virgin down insulation that is sourced directly from waterfowl. The recycled down insulation will be introduced in six new outerwear pieces for the Fall-Winter 2015 season: the Copenhagen Down Trench for men and women, the Blazing Down Jacket for men, and the Cocoon Down Trench, Allee Down Pullover and Down Hoody Jacket for women.