All our down products are certified with "Downafresh Greenline", which guarantees that the down/feathers contained in the product is completely clean. The raw feathers are washed in accordance with the strictest European hygiene requirements and dried at a temperature of more than 212 degree Fahrenheit / 100°C, which guarantees the removal of: the H5N1 strain (avian influenza), keratin (down and feather scales), bacteria and mould, soap residues as well as other organic residues. For bedding products labelled with Downafresh greenLine only fillings are employed which have been thoroughly washed with water and dried at temperatures of at least 100° C in order to meet the hygienic requirements defined in the European standard EN 12935.
During the processing of such feathers and down, only environmentally compatible detergent agents are used preserving the natural properties of the filling material. The users of Downafresh greenLine are obliged to have their products regularly tested at an independent testing laboratory to check whether the requirements for hygiene, cleanliness and environmental friendliness have been met.
The trademark variation Downafresh greenLine signifies that the fillings of bedding products labelled with this trademark have been processed according to ecological criteria.
Companies that are allowed to use Downafresh® and Daunasan® have to be examined by a hygienic laboratory for their processed feathers and down, they document the origin and processing of their filling material.
Only detergents which preserve the environment and the naturalness of the filling material may be used. The users of the brand Downafresh® greenLine are obliged to have their products checked regularly by an independent testing laboratory to ensure that the hygienic, clean and environmentally friendly requirements are met.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is an international product testing system for textiles.
The Oeko Tex certification comes in four product classes, which differ in the amount of residual chemicals that are allowed to be present.
Our manufacturer in Germany decided to certify all its down comforters, pillows and duvet covers in accordance with the strictest requirements for Class I.
The Class I standard specifies very low limit values for, among other things:
All of our down comforters and pillows are made without the use of harmful substances and chemicals.
- formaldehyde (can cause allergies and was added by the US to the list of carcinogens)
- heavy metals (can cause eczema and damage internal organs and the central nervous system)
- pesticides (can affect the nervous system, internal organs and fertility)
- aromatic hydrocarbons (perfume allergies and disorders of the nervous system)
EN 12934 Class I
This standard classifies the quality of used raw material; for example, class II and III are of inferior quality. Class III even allows the use of 15% or, more RECYCLED down and feathers - yes, that is old products other people have slept in. Products sold by GermanDownComforters.com and TheDownComforters.com are entirely filled with Class I materials, which are of the highest quality and, guaranteed NEW.
Cruelty-Free: Green Goose ("Gruene Gans")
We are committed to ensure that no down and feathers will be plucked from live animals, and that geese and ducks have been raised in a humane way. Our supplier is certified with the "Gruene Gans" - "Green Goose", which has been established by the independent institute of Wessling, Germany under Registration # 1017-CAL-001. Furthermore, our supplier is a member of EDFA (European Down and Feather Association), which requires to hold to a traceability standard - knowing which farms the animals come from.
GOTS - Global Organic Textile Standard
When you see this certificate it means that the product carries the prestigious GOTS-label.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the world's leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria, backed by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. The aim of the standard is to define globally recognized requirements that ensure the organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labeling in order to provide credible assurance to the end consumer. Textile processors and manufacturers should be able to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets.
The consensus of the International Working Group was that a clear and unambiguous understanding of the content required the Global Organic Textile Standard itself to focus on compulsory criteria only. The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibers. The final products may include but are not limited to: fibre products, yarns, fabrics, clothes and home textiles.