Danish quality since 1947
Ringsted Dun’s history begins in the little town of Ringsted. It was here that Ringsted Fjerfabrik was established in 1947 as a subsidiary to Ringsted Andels-Fjerkræslagteri (1932-1980) with the purpose of utilising down and feathers from the slaughterhouse for the production of duvets and pillows.
More than 70 years have gone by, and Ringsted Dun today is a respected brand famous for manufacturing top-of-the-line duvets and pillows of the highest quality. We hold the deepest respect for our craftsmanship and traditions, concentrate on what we are best at, yet never stop to further develop and refine our products, with due consideration for both animals and people.
How to produce Ringsted Dun duvets and pillows
Made in Denmark
All duvets and pillows from Ringsted Dun are “Made in Denmark”. We are proud of that!
It is Danish craftmanship that have made your new duvet and pillow from the inside to the outside. To ensure that the quality remains the best, your duvet and pillow are followed throughout the process by our competent staff.
By buying products that are Made in Denmark, you help to preserve and develop Danish jobs, as well as ensure proper conditions around the environment, animal welfare, human rights and working conditions.
In addition, it is good for the environment and the CO2 load to have a shorter transport time from factory to consumer.
The history of Ringsted Dun
Ringsted Fjerfabrik is established as a subsidiary to Ringsted Andels-Fjerkræslagteri with the purpose of utilising and processing down and feathers from the slaughterhouse.
The company grows quickly, to soon become the second largest in the industry.
Ringsted Fjerfabrik takes over the ROYAL mattress factory. The mattress factory is moved to Ringsted where the company now also manufactures wool mattresses, spring mattresses and bedroom furniture.
The production of mattresses is discontinued, and the ROYAL mattress factory is shut down.
The factory in Ringsted subsequently concentrates on processing of raw fibre and the production of down duvets and pillows.
Danpo is established by means of a merger of the four largest poultry slaughterhouses in the country, including Ringsted Andels-Fjerkræslagteri.
Ringsted Fjerfabrik thereby becomes part of the Group.
The poultry slaughterhouse in Ringsted shuts down, and the company focuses entirely on processing of purchased raw feathers and manufacture of down duvets and pillows.
Ringsted Fjerfabrik is sold to DYKON and thereafter continues to operate under the name “Ringsted Dun”.
Ringsted Dun celebrates its 70th anniversary
“Ethics and animal welfare –
Ethics and animal welfare
In our world, good sleep is paramount, but we cannot manage our production of pillows or duvets without effort. Good-quality down and feathers play a big role, but where the filling comes from is just as important. In other words: ethics and animal welfare are paramount in our company.
First and foremost, we always strive to be a responsible company. From down to customer. And from supplier to employee. It’s about setting the bar high. Experience tells us that this is also how to make the best pillows and duvets.
At Ringsted Dun, we therefore work voluntarily from the strictest quality standards – we call this responsible production. We constantly check our suppliers, test the quality of down and feathers in our own certified laboratory, and are checked by other third-party control bodies ourselves. This is how we like it. This means that we can deliver high quality all the way – from down to duvet.
Here we have listed the most important focus areas, so you can see how we handle ethics and animal welfare in our production of quality pillows and duvets.
Better animal welfare
At Ringsted Dun, we care about animal welfare. We also think that it is a good idea to use all the resources of animals which are going to be slaughtered. That is why the down and feathers we use are a by-product of the food industry, so nothing is wasted. The filling is purchased directly from the slaughterhouses, and through extensive monitoring, it is possible to follow all our shipments from start to finish. Therefore, we know for sure that all our down and feathers come exclusively from Europe, where production is subject to the strictest animal welfare legislation in the world.
At Ringsted Dun, we have a clear stance on – and zero tolerance towards – animal cruelty. Our down and feathers are a by-product of the meat industry which is processed into duvets and pillows. It also means that our down and feathers do not come from live animals. All our filling for pillows and duvets comes from slaughterhouses, so we can be sure that the filling does not come from e.g. live geese or Muscovy ducks – an area we have audited by a third party for both our and your sake.
- your guarantee that the animals have been treated correctly
For you as a customer, this means that you are guaranteed that the animals have been treated properly during both rearing and slaughter. This is important to us. In order to guarantee and verify that we comply with European animal welfare standards, we have introduced a tracking system that can document where our filling is purchased, where the raw materials come from, how they arrive at the company and how they are used.
As a dedicated member of the interdisciplinary organisation EDFA (European Down & Feather Association), we help to promote animal welfare and the interests of consumers. Thus, we have undertaken to comply with a requirement for traceability and a code of conduct in which strict action is taken against animal cruelty and so-called “live plucking”. Via systematic registration, the down can be traced all the way back to the supplier, and the accuracy of the information is regularly checked by an audited third party. Read more about our efforts to improve animal welfare on EDFA’s website: www.edfa.eu
At Ringsted Dun, we are constantly working to reduce our impact on the climate, and thus to ensure more efficient resource utilisation. Large parts of our products are made from sustainable and environmentally friendly natural materials. In principle, you can leave your Ringsted Dun down duvet outdoors and it will degrade 100% over time. Of course, we don’t recommend that you do this, because we also focus a lot on more sustainable waste management.
We also aim to become more sustainable in our production. Our consumption of water and energy varies according to how busy we are. We are continuously introducing new initiatives that ensure the reduced consumption of, among other things, water, natural gas and electricity. This way, we achieve even lower CO2 consumption.
At Ringsted Dun, we also work purposefully with the UN Global Goals. Through our membership of amfori BSCI, we help support the UN Global Goals through our foreign suppliers and partners, with a focus on e.g. gender equality and better working conditions.
Better working conditions
In our production of pillows and duvets, all animals must be treated well. The same goes for all the people involved. Of course. That is why, as a Danish company, we are a member of amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative), a European organisation that works to improve working conditions in the global supply chain.
amfori BSCI is based on a code that consists of 11 points on social, ethical and environmental matters – ethical business behaviour, including human and environmental considerations. amfori BSCI participants support this code, strive for improved working conditions and combat child labour, discrimination and forced labour.
amfori BSCI is also a member of the United Nations Global Compact, which aims to promote corporate social responsibility and accountability. You can read more about amfori BSCI at: www.amfori.org