5 days ago
In my last blog post I wrote about a conversation I had with the founder and President of United Poultry Concerns in regard to the ethical concerns surrounding the procuring of feather and down products for use in pillows, duvets (comforters), etc. In a nutshell, I was told there is no real supply chain tracking of feathers and down. Since that blog post I learned about the Responsible Down Standard (RDS), a standard completed in January by The North Face, the American outdoor product company specializing in outerwear, fleece, coats, shirts, footwear, and equipment such as backpacks, tents, and sleeping bags. RDS, according to The North Face, is a tool that will provide a global standard through which the outdoor-gear retailer says any organization can evaluate and certify its full down supply chain. RDS was created to ensure that The North Face’s down does not come from animals that have been subject to any unnecessary harm.