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North Face and H&M Try to Clean Up the Down Business

Down insulation, for all of its warmth, can be a cold and dirty business. Ducks and geese are often plucked alive, and many of the fine feathers in comforters and puffy coats come from birds that were force-fed to make foie gras. The North Face, recognizing a problem in its pitch, is backing a certification [...]

By | 2015-07-15T01:40:38+00:00 July 8th, 2015|RDS in the news|0 Comments

Down Stakeholder Roundtable – June 23, 2015 – Hamburg, Germany

The Global Stakeholder Roundtable is an initiative facilitated by the EU and US outdoor industry to bring all relevant players - brands from various industries, suppliers, slaughterhouses, meat producers and others - together to improve the transparency, traceability and animal welfare across the global down supply chain and promote best practices. On June 23rd, the [...]

By | 2017-06-05T13:24:25+00:00 June 23rd, 2015|Events|0 Comments

Responsible Down Standard Wakes Up An Industry

Growing up, I had a hopeless indifference to fashion; to the despair of my mother I wore green "Toughskin" jeans and my hair was endlessly tangled in tree branches. Meanwhile, ducks in cartoons wore smartly tailored blue jackets and spoke with funny voices while Mother Goose embodied all the cozy security of childhood. Now, an [...]

By | 2017-06-05T13:24:26+00:00 June 9th, 2015|Media|0 Comments

More Brands Join Responsible Down Standard

More companies are changing their tone towards animal rights as organizations from the Humane Society to PETA are highlighting what is going in the products you eat and fashion you wear. The Responsible Down Standard (RDS), which has raised awareness about what is happening to geese as their down is harvested for winter apparel and [...]

By | 2017-06-05T13:24:26+00:00 June 9th, 2015|Media|0 Comments


Textile Exchange has released an updated version of its Responsible Down Standard, a certification released last year aimed at improving the treatment of the ducks and geese that supply down for the outdoor industry. The new version has some stricter requirements, including banning parallel production, which means that farms will no longer be able to [...]

By | 2015-06-09T00:21:10+00:00 June 9th, 2015|Media|0 Comments

Responsible Down Standards – CBC Interview

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By | 2015-06-09T00:21:27+00:00 June 9th, 2015|Media|0 Comments

Why it’s huge news that Wal-Mart is pushing stricter animal welfare policy

Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club issued a surprise announcement today, good news for the growing number of consumers striving to eat more ethically. The country’s largest food retailer has boldly proclaimed that “farm animals in our supply chain should be treated humanely throughout their lives and that the welfare of farm animals should be considered in [...]

By | 2015-07-14T19:23:24+00:00 April 9th, 2015|Animal welfare|0 Comments
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