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Quality Products, Quality Practices: ADFC Celebrates More Than a Decade of Commitment to Industry Standards

February 7, 2017

NEW YORK (February 7, 2017)— For more than a decade, the American Down & Feather Council (ADFC) has provided assurance for those who purchase down and feather products with the ADFC Seal of Approval, a mark of quality that ensures all natural fill bedding products sold in the U.S. are labeled correctly and that the quality of the products meets or exceeds strict industry standards as well as all state and federal requirements for content, cleanliness and compliance.
The ADFC Seal of Approval affirms which products have been manufactured by a member in good standing with the ADFC. As an ADFDC member, these manufacturers adhere to testing standards set forth by the International Down and Feather Bureau (IDFB) and have their products tested by an IDFB-certified lab to ensure down and feather quality. Furthermore, all ADFC members adhere to the Labeling Compliance Program, which establishes strict regulations for the down and feather bedding industry, specifically. By purchasing products with the ADFC Seal of Approval, consumers can rest assured knowing that their down and feather bedding is of utmost quality.

“At ADFC, our priority is providing quality natural bedding products for our customers,” said David Sweet, ADFC president. “ADFC is also a member of the IDFB – the global industry association – which exists to provide responsible down and feather supply chains and quality assurance to consumers across the world.”

As an IDFB member, ADFC has access to the bureau’s newly-published white paper, “The Sustainable and Humane Practices of the Down and Feather Industry,” which outlines the organizations and practices that have been established across the world to monitor the down and feather supply chain from raw materials extraction through product processing. As such, ADFC has directed American media to this white paper in an effort to fight falsehoods about the down and feather industry and to emphasize the fact that down and feathers are, in fact, a byproduct of the enormous global food industry.
For those interested in learning more about down and feather products and their benefits, ADFC has developed a free marketing toolkit series. Each toolkit in the series can be downloaded at from ADFC’s website, free of charge, and provides buyers, bedding retailers, consumers and ADFC members with educational materials on a variety of topics, including the humane practices behind the making of down and feather products.

For more information about the ADFC Labeling Compliance Program, standards, or testing process, visit www.downandfeathercouncil.com/products.html.

About the American Down & Feather Council (ADFC)
The American Down & Feather Council (ADFC), a section of the Home Fashion Products Association (HFPA), is a voluntary association of manufacturers of natural fill bedding products, as well as dealers, buyers, sellers and processors of feathers and down for use in home fashion products. The goal of the ADFC is to further the common interests of the down and feather products industry and to maintain and improve product quality.