Since down is the most effective natural insulation material in terms of warmth to weight and is used widely in Montane’s range, Montane and Allied have joined forces to demonstrate that the down inside your garment is the most effective, resilient, long lasting, recyclable, responsibly sourced and traceable insulation available.
Montane is deeply committed to the preservation of the environment and the humane treatment of animals. We never use down from live plucked or force fed birds. In parallel, Allied Feather & Down take great pride in their supply chain and want everyone to be able to take the same pride knowing that the fill inside their products comes from the best sources.
Using SourceTRACK™ and Track My Down will show Montane and Allied’s commitment to transparency within the down industry and for verification of the quality and source of the down that has been used. When combined with the Responsible Down Standard (RDS), SourceTRACK™ and Track My Down provide the industry’s most complete and transparent communications and educational tool.
SourceTRACK™ is a robust traceability system that gathers data about the quality, source and technical details of the down used in Montane garments.
It was initially developed by Allied as a database to allow partner brands to verify internally where their down was sourced from. This led to the later development of an educational web tool for everyone which would provide in-depth information and knowledge about the down used in various products.
Allied demands complete transparency from suppliers and implements a strict, thorough certification process for all vendors. Each down supplier and farm is visited in person to assess whether their practices align with Allied’s standards. Allied further requires certifications all the way down the supply chain. These certificates verify the source and content of every lot of down received and ensure that the criteria established is being met.
Upon arrival at Allied, each lot of certified down is immediately logged and assigned a unique lot number in the fully automated SourceTRACK™ system. This process ensures that no lots are combined unknowingly and makes it possible to trace virtually every plume of down into blends and on to the truck for final delivery to Montane for use in down garments.
Each blend of down is created bespoke to Montane’s specification and needs and is assigned a master lot number. The information from each lot used to create the particular blend is listed and stored in the SourceTRACK™ database.
Samples from each and every lot used to create the blend are tested at Allied’s in-house lab and sent to independent testing facilities to verify fill power, cleanliness and contents. The results of these tests are openly accessible through the SourceTRACK™ database and stored with the data for that particular lot.
Allied’s automation of the SourceTRACK™ database is the first of its kind in the down and feather industry. As well as allowing access to every piece of information associated with each lot of down, it also enables effective and efficient proof that the down used in Montane garments is responsibly sourced.
Track My Down is the portal through which the information on the down gathered through the SourceTRACK™ system can be accessed.
By entering the SourceTRACK™ lot number printed on the hang tags on Montane down garments to www.trackmydown.com, you can learn in detail about the actual fill used in your individual jacket.
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