December 03, 2019 2 min read
Or would do you prefer a vegan-friendly winter jacket?
Thick and fluffy down jackets are the Nordic winter saviors. Fortunately, more attention has been paid to ethical down production and other responsible, vegan-free clothing alternatives are also available.
RSD and TDS down standards ensure that down in garments come from a responsible source that respects animal welfare and can be transparently traced. The Responsible Down Standard RSD or Traceable Down Standard TDS are independent, voluntary global standards. The standards recognize and reward the best practices in animal welfare. Down is traced from parent farm to apparel factory to help ensure that the birds that supply it are protected by the strongest animal welfare and consumer assurance standards. These include robust requirements in all areas of the birds’ lives, and especially protects against force-feeding and live-plucking.
Ethical, recycled down or a vegan jacket? Patagonia's winter jacket collection includes both! In the picture, Patagonia Jackson Glacier Parka jacket made from recycled down.
Patagonia is the world’s first brand to be certified to both the Responsible Wool Standard and the Traceable Down Standard.
Patagonia Traceable Downis traced from parent farm to apparel factory to help ensure that the birds that supply it are protected by the strongest animal welfare and consumer assurance standards. These include robust requirements in all areas of the birds’ lives, and especially protects against force-feeding and live-plucking.
Patagonia began working in 2007 to trace their own supply chain in the interest of sound animal welfare. Since fall 2014, all of the virgin down they use to insulate their products has met their own Patagonia Traceable Down Standard.
From 2016, Patagonia also switched to using recycled down in their products.Watch the video above for more of Patagonia's eco-friendly way to produce down products.
Ethical down from Scandinavia! Swedish Varg's quilted jackets are made from ethical down with RSD (Responsible Down standards). Varg's Älgön down hood jacketin the picture.
Varg is a Swedish outdoor and casual wear brand that produces, environmentally friendly clothing in the Scandinavian modern style. Varg uses ecological and ethical materials. The down in Varg’s products is a by-product of the food industry and RDS certificated.
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