The desire to treat geese humanely is dividing the outdoor industry and driving up costs for down suppliers in a far cry from what some envisioned three years ago.

The division came into sharp focus last week, as backers of two dueling standards faced off at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market (ORWM). On one side was the Textile Exchange, which since January 2014 has been promoting the Responsi- ble Down Standard (RDS) developed primarily by The North Face and its supplier Allied Feather & Down. On the other side is NSF Interna- tional, which on Jan. 12 began offering to certify down

to the Global Traceable Down Standard (GTDS) established by Patagonia Inc. Both groups developed the standard in response to a campaign by Four Paws, a European animal rights group that embarrassed Patagonia and The North Face in 2010 and 2011 by reporting down from live-plucked geese had entered their supply chains despite the brands’ assurances to the contrary.

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