Kitty: To be honest, I only discovered recycled down until I bumped into your brand. What has inspired you to develop your product in this material?
Kiril: That’s a great question because we love to talk about recycled down. First, from a performance point of view, down, which is the very fine feathers coming from geese and duck, is the best insulation material we know of - it’s very light and breathable and is perfect for cold weather protection and when transitioning into and out of environments with different temperatures, as you would if you live in a city during the winter. Now, recycled down is down that was collected from products on their way to the landfill – it’s post-consumer “waste”. But because down is very durable and quite expensive, it makes absolutely no sense to throw it away. So when sourcing down for our products, we explicitly required that we only use recycled down, as it is the right thing to do. We’re working with an amazing partner based in Lugo, Italy that has been in the down industry for over a century. They meticulously collect the down from used products, wash it, sanitize it and make it available to brands such as Faculty. And our responsibility is to give this precious material a second life in our products.
Our puffer has seven pockets and our parka has nine pockets, which you can use to organize anything from your phone to your cold-weather accessories like beanies and lip balm.
Kitty: Yesterday I read on an article about puffer material on Good On You, they raised a concern on biodegradability of the recycled polyester outer material. Just wondering if you guys will go even further to fix or recycle the puffer?
Kiril: That's a great point. Yes, we're looking into ways of how we can work with our products from an end of life perspective. In the past, we partnered with a charity in NYC to collect and donate old coats to the homeless, so that's one direction. Recycling the products is still hard, but there are some promising solutions in the market that are being developed. So we're tracking those too.
Kitty: Anything else you would like to tell us today?
Kiril: Thanks for wearing our puffer! We love what you’re doing as an advocate for conciencies choices and sustainable brands. Stay warm!