Down recycling service

Recycle your down jacket, duvet or sleeping bag with Re:Down

By Kenny Stocker

We love down. It’s light, soft and insulating. It’s natural, durable and in high demand. But after we’re done with our insulated clothing and equipment, what can we do with it?

We were the first brand in the UK to accept donations of used down products in a deliberate move to circularity. We send them to Re:Down who like to make the best of existing resources. Not create new ones.

Thanks to this initiative we have helped to recycle over 2 tonnes of down since 2022.

Down can be difficult to recycle, but Re:Down can give used down products an exciting new life as bedding and outdoor garments for huge brands like IKEA, Patagonia and H&M.

This is great because down recycling significantly reduces the environmental impact associated with the production of new down. By recycling down, you help to minimise the need for new down production, it gets a second life instead of ending up in a landfill.

Recycled down, once processed, can retain much of its original quality. Down is known for its excellent insulation properties, and these are largely preserved even after recycling. This means that recycled down can be just as effective as new down in insulation products.

Bring your duvet (yes, the one from your bed), sleeping bags and jackets (down please, not just any old jacket you’re sick of!) into any of our Alpkit stores. Or, if you can’t make it into one of our lovely stores, please use or Freepost returns service.

Re:Down returns

Click here to send us your Re:Down parcel

(Select Re:Down as the reason)

Please only send your down items, as these items will be sorted differently from our normal Continuum donations. Please don’t mix any other items for Continuum with the down items you are returning.

Alpkit Global HQ
Units 12 - 14 Oak House
Moorgreen Industrial Park
Engine Lane
Newthorpe
Nottingham
NG16 3QU

When you post your pre-loved down to our HQ, we’ll sort through it. What can be reused will be given to those who need it most. The items that are no longer usable will be sent to Re:Down for recycling.

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How can I check if it's down?

Check the internal care labels to determine whether the filling is down, feathers or synthetic. Alternatively, you can look at and feel the contents. Hold up the item to the light and take a long, hard look at it. If it's feathers, you'll be able to see and feel the sharp quills. But down is soft and light. Please only send us 100% down-filled products.

Close the loop

Annual textile waste in Europe alone has been estimated at 7,500,000 tons. Donating to Re:Down is a unique opportunity to close the loop on the throwaway nature of the textile industry. If the down fibres are too damaged or broken to be used in insulating products, they can be upcycled into organic fertiliser. And it’s not just the down that finds a new home. Non-recyclable parts from your donations, like zips, get turned into insulating bricks to build new homes!

Thank you for donating.

5 comments

  • I have just parcelled up my ??year old Lego Blue Alpkit jacket to send back to you and feel quite tearful. My thanks for the best jacket ever. So warm and comfortable. So the zip kept jamming and the outer fabric seemed drawn to brambles, but with the help of ripstop tape we kept going for many years. Cosy frosty walks, post kayaking warm up, outdoor meditation throughout the year and weather. Even rescuing my chilled 80+ Mum from hypothermia. The occasional feather though has become sad little clouds of down, like heaven waiting, but I trust you will save my LegoBlue for a different afterlife.
    Thank you Alpkit friends xx

    Sian Smith

    November 02, 2023

  • Hi we have our own traditional upholstery business and often have to replace old feather/down cushions for customers. Are these of any interest for you las i don’t like throwing them away.
    Kind regards
    Rabea

    Rabea Hands

    January 31, 2022

  • Are you still taking down duvets? I have three. Can I still box and send free post? Thanks.

    Philippa Tracy King

    September 25, 2023

  • I have several eiderdowns that I would love to recycle. Your project sounds great. Do you have somewhere I can drop them off or should I use your free post system.
    Many thanks
    Johanna Saunders

    Johanna Saunders

    January 10, 2023

  • I am trying to recycle a king size goose feather and down mattress topper about 100mm thick, so large and heavy, it would be difficult to parcel and I do not think it would come under free post criteria. I was given your name as a contact via Eric Firman at Re:Down, can you help in this instance?

    John Collis

    January 10, 2023

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