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ALBANY, New York — (March 16, 2011) — PrimaLoftÂ®, the world leader in performance insulation, recently conducted the bluesignÂ® screening and was subsequently awarded compliance with the bluesignÂ® criteria, establishing PrimaLoftÂ® as the first branded insulation manufacturer to obtain bluesign’s system partner status.
Effective immediately, PrimaLoftÂ®’s ONE, SPORT and ECO insulation products manufactured in Nantong City, China, will carry the esteemed bluesignÂ® certification. This certification ensures brands, retailers and consumers that PrimaLoftÂ® insulation is an environmentally friendly product and can still be counted on for epic thermal performance in both dry and wet conditions.
Furthermore, brands and retailers seeking to become bluesignÂ® members with certified bluesignÂ® products are required to use bluesignÂ® approved raw materials and fabrics from suppliers and textile mills that are certified bluesignÂ® system partners.
According to Sebastian Baumgartner, Communications for bluesignÂ® technologies ag, “We are very proud to welcome PrimaLoftÂ® to our system partner network. PrimaLoftÂ® is the first ever insulation company to become a bluesignÂ® system partner and committed to the criteria set by the bluesignÂ® standard.â€
Baumgartner continued, â€œThis is outstanding proof of the acceptance and importance of the bluesignÂ® standard in this industry. In addition, PrimaLoftÂ® will allow a large number of brands, retailers and end consumers to benefit from the positive effects of the bluesignÂ® standard.”
PrimaLoftÂ® offers premium insulation products that are engineered for performance and is recognized globally as the performance insulation of choice for world-class brands in the outdoor, home, military, fashion, hunting and workwear markets.
â€œAs a company with roots steeped in the outdoors, PrimaLoftÂ® is committed to taking steps to minimize our impact on the environment,â€ said Eileen Berner, sales and marketing director for PrimaLoftÂ®. â€œAchieving the bluesignÂ® standard assures consumers, brands and retailers that PrimaLoftÂ® is a trusted partner with products that can be not only counted on to perform, but also adhere to strict environmental, health and safety regulations.â€
One of the most renowned environmental certifications in the world, the bluesignÂ® standard evaluates each ingredient from raw materials and chemical components to natural resource consumption and the occupational health of the workplace environment. bluesignÂ®’s proprietary Input Management Process analyzes every component to eliminate the use of potentially harmful substances in the textile manufacturing industry without compromising the product’s functionality, quality or design.
bluesignÂ® system partners and members demonstrate awareness and responsibility to consumers, while cultivating a positive movement towards sustainability in the industry.
PrimaLoftÂ® is a registered trademark of Albany International Corp. PrimaLoftÂ® insulation was originally developed for the US Army as a water-resistant synthetic alternative to down. Today, PrimaLoftÂ® is regarded as a research and development leader in high performance insulations and yarns, which provide warmth and comfort from head to toe. Its family of products are manufactured in the US, Europe and Asia. The PrimaLoftÂ® brand is recognized globally and is used in leading outdoor and fashion brands, home furnishings, work wear and military applications. For more information, please visit www.PrimaLoft.com.
bluesign technologies ag was founded in 2000. Since then, the bluesignÂ® standard has been adopted by different worldwide leading textile manufacturers. Various significant key players of the chemical and machine industry rely on the bluesignÂ® standard and endorse it as bluesignÂ® supporters. Several well-known brands of the sporting goods and fashion industry benefit as bluesignÂ® members of the extensive know-how of bluesign technologies. In 2008 SGS has acquired a 50% stake in bluesign technologies ag.