Company Makes Charitable Donation to Help Protect and Restore America’s Wild Places
Through its membership in 1% for the Planet, Downlite has donated 1% of fiscal year sales of its re/charged™ down, a GRS certified 100% recycled performance down supplied to outerwear and sleeping bag manufacturers, and Downlite direct-to-consumer e-commerce bedding products to The Conservation Alliance.
Downlite’s partnership with The Conservation Alliance will help support the group’s efforts to fund conservation organizations working to protect North America’s last wild spaces. Downlite will play a key role in the distribution of Conservation Alliance grant funds, and have the opportunity to nominate two projects and cast one ballot for each bi-annual grant funding cycle.
“Support for our public lands, which so many of us take such pleasure from, has never been more important,” said Josh Werthaiser, Downlite CEO. “We are proud to join The Conservation Alliance and look forward to being an integral member for years to come.”
“We welcome Downlite into Conservation Alliance with much enthusiasm” said John Sterling, Executive Director of The Conservation Alliance. “Downlite is the industry leader and setting the bar high with their commitment to conservation and protecting the places we love to play. We look forward to a long term partnership!”
Joining The Conservation Alliance aligns with Downlite’s commitment to continually improving its efforts around sustainability, recycling, and social good stewardship. In 2017, Downlite joined 1% for the Planet with the intention of making a financial contribution to environmental concerns. Additional corporate sustainably initiatives include the installation of a water recycling and treatment facility in its Down & Feather processing plant, which saves nearly 40 million gallons of water annually; and the launch of its new planetWISE™ bedding and packaging that focuses on using recycled and sustainable materials.
“When nonprofits and businesses come together the planet wins,” Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet. “All over the planet, nonprofits are doing essential work on behalf of the environment, many times their biggest challenge finding the funding to accomplish their goals. At 1% for the Planet we are proud to connect to dollars with doers to protect our planet for future generations to come.”
About The Conservation Alliance
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of like-minded businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wildlands and climbing areas. Membership in the Alliance is open to all companies who care about protecting our most threatened wild places for habitat and outdoor recreation. Since its inception in 1989, The Conservation Alliance has contributed more than $20 million, awarded 580 grants, helped to protect more than 50 million acres of wildlands; protect 3,102 miles of rivers; stop or remove 30 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 13 climbing areas. For complete information on The Conservation Alliance, see: www.conservationalliance.com.
About 1% for the Planet
1% for the Planet is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving. We recognize that the current level of environmental giving - only 3% of total philanthropy - is not enough to solve the most pressing issues facing our planet.
Through our business and individual membership, 1% for the Planet inspires people to support environmental organizations through annual membership and everyday actions. We advise on giving strategies, we certify donations, and we amplify the impact of the network.
Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, our members have given more than $175 million to environmental nonprofits to date. Today, 1% for the Planet is a network of more than 1,400 member businesses, a new and expanding core of hundreds of individual members, and thousands of nonprofit partners in more than 60 countries. Look for our logo and visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org to learn more.
Downlite is America’s premiere manufacturer of down and feather and synthetic-filled bedding products. Its products – comforters, pillows, mattress pads, and feather and fiber beds – are sold under private label and national brand names to leading retailers, as well as to the Hospitality Industry, and on its own e-commerce platform. Downlite also supplies high-quality performance insulations to outerwear, sleeping bag, and furniture manufacturers around the globe. Downlite is a bluesign® system partner, TDS and RDS certified, and a proud member of the American Down & Feather Council (ADFC), 1% for the Planet and The Conservation Alliance. www.downlite.com
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