United Feather & Down and Portico Home + Spa Partner to Offer Eco-Friendly Line of Basic Bedding

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Luxury bedding manufacturer United Feather & Down has entered into a licensing agreement with Portico Home + Spa for basic bedding during the Portico brand's re-launch.

By using solely environmentally-friendly practices and products, Portico is proving that home fashions can be both sustainable and beautiful – the same ideals that United Feather & Down has followed since our company’s inception.

Premier bedding manufacturer United Feather & Down has entered into a licensing agreement with Portico for a line of eco-friendly bedding offering the perfect combination of natural comfort, beauty and sustainability. With a focus on sustainability, Portico promises to "forever change expectations of the look and feel of 'green' home products."

"We are so proud to be aligned with Portico as the company re-launches with a commitment to environmentally-friendly product," said Brandon Palmer, Co-President of United Feather & Down. "By using solely environmentally-friendly practices and products, Portico is proving that home fashions can be both sustainable and beautiful - the same ideals that United Feather & Down has followed since our company's inception more than 200 years ago."

The new line will feature 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton fabrics paired with hypoallergenic Lyocell Down®, United Feather & Down's patented blend of Freshness Assured® down and lyocell fibers, or the down alternative Naturelle™, a down-alternative made from recycled materials and lyocell fibers. The unique blending of down or down-alternative and all-natural lyocell fibers in a filling material offer advanced moisture wicking and natural cooling properties resulting in a drier, more comfortable sleep environment.

Produced from sustainable Eucalyptus farms with low environmental impact, lyocell fibers have also been proven to reduce the growth of bacteria and dust mites without chemical additives.

The Portico basic bedding, featuring side, back and stomach pillows, a traditional bed pillow, comforter and mattress pad, will be on display for the first time in United Feather and Down's showroom during New York Home Fashions Market Week.

"Portico and United Feather & Down share a commitment to sustainability, and we both believe comfort and fashion can go hand-in-hand with smart choices," said Gregg Haft, Portico president. "When choosing our partners for the brand's re-launch, we've held each one up to extremely high standards. United Feather & Down's rich history, commitment to quality and innovation, and eco-friendly practices made the company a perfect addition to our licensees." Portico is currently partnered with Home Source International for fashion bedding and bath, Hunter Amenities for personal care, and is actively growing their licensee partnerships into the furniture, mattress, and baby bedding categories.

NY Home Fashions Market, March 9 - 11, 2010
On March 8, Portico brand ambassador, author, green expert and world's first "eco-model" Summer Rayne Oakes was on hand to help United Feather & Down and Portico announce the partnership during New York Home Fashions Market Week.

About United Feather & Down
Founded in 1797, United Feather & Down is a family-owned manufacturer and marketer of innovative bedding products for the consumer and hospitality industries. The company's unparalleled experience as a premier purveyor of quality down, and reputation for value and innovation is evident in its wide array of home products and filling materials. For more information about United Feather & Down, log on to http://www.ufandd.com or call 847-296-6500.

About Portico
Portico is a lifestyle brand built on a basic mission: to produce aesthetically pleasing products while maintaining complete respect for the environment. While holding on to the brand's original reputation for attainable and sophisticated design Portico's reinvention is rooted in the company's strong commitment to environmental awareness. Inspired by nature, crafted with integrity, Portico excites, inspires and always delivers more than expected. For more information, log on to http://www.porticohome.com.

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