100% ethically sourced goose and duck down
The Responsible Down Standard protects an animal’s 'Five Freedoms'. This means no force-feeding and definitely no live-plucking. RDS follows the down from farm to product, so consumers can be confident that the birds live healthy lives, and don’t suffer from pain, fear nor distress.
Down is a by-product
The down that is used in outdoor products is a by-product of raising geese and ducks for meat. For the farmer, the value of the down is only around 5%. Even if all apparel and bedding manufacturers stopped using down today, goose and duck farming would continue, but the down and feathers would probably end up in landfill.
Instead, the feather and down is cleaned, sanitized and recycled into down jackets and other apparel and gear. Your choices as a consumer can influence the living standards for these animals.
Collaboration has more impact
The down supply chain is complex — the raw material goes from farms to processors to agents and manufacturers. Tracking each of these stages would be a big job for one brand. That’s why industry-wide collaborations like Responsible Down Standard are the best way to make a big change.