With an increasing surge of feather down jackets and other outdoor gear utilizing down, do you seriously wonder where and how the down was obtained? Was it ethical? Would you be able to track where it came from? If you have a product made with Allied Feather & Down, you know these questions can easily be answered and be assured that it was responsibly sourced.
While Allied Feather & Down is in the business of keeping consumers warm, dry and ultimately safe, they are also committed to ethical business practices in everything they do. They were the first adopter and primary supplier of certified responsibly sourced down for the outdoor industry, and they worked intimately with The North Face, Control Union and Textile Exchange to develop the Responsible Down Standard (RDS).
The Responsible Down Standard safeguards the welfare of geese and ducks that provide down and feathers for products. With the input of animal welfare groups, industry experts, brands and retailers, the RDS recognizes the best practices in animal welfare and excludes those that violate the animal’s well-being. Allied monitors for unethical practices by engaging a third party certifier to audit and review their entire supply chain to make sure they conform to the best available environmental and animal welfare regulations and standards.
Allied Feather & Down worked with The North Face to develop the RDS and is working with Patagonia on the Traceable Down Standard. This past fall 2015, the educational campaign, ‘TRACKMYDOWN’, was launched. If you want to know where your down came from and see exactly what makes the down inside your garment unique, you can do this with TRACKMYDOWN. The site has a wealth of knowledge and provides a more intimate connection between users of premium down products and the down insulation itself.
Allied Feather & Down has increased transparency and traceability in their supply chains so consumers are more than aware of the history of the down in their product. Their high ethical standards and transparency show that they have nothing to hide when it comes to providing some of the best resources in the most responsible way.
In the outdoor industry, awareness has increased in what goes into the production of products, and with manufacturing of down significantly amplified over the years, concern over how the down was obtained and treated arose. Allied Feather & Down has made great efforts to make sure those concerns were taken seriously with sufficient information and education, regarding their down, available on their Web site. From the process of where they source the down to the critical importance of cleaning it, you’ll find what you need to know and be confident that the product you have with Allied Feather & Down is some of the best quality in the industry.
Please visit www.alliedfeather.com for more information on Allied Feather & Down.