Drumroll, please. As of now, all goose and duck down in our new and future outdoor clothing and equipment is and will be 100% responsibly sourced.
We’re incredibly proud of this commitment, and it’s been a long journey to get here.
We have always taken animal welfare seriously. However, due to the complexities in gaining absolute transparency in our global supply chain, it has been difficult to 100% confirm that all the down we use in our entire outdoor gear range has been sourced from birds that have been treated ethically and humanely.
Enter the Responsible Down Standard. Launched in 2014, the RDS is the world’s most comprehensive, third-party certified animal welfare and traceability standard that ensures the humane treatment of geese and ducks – a standard we jumped at the chance to join.
The RDS goes beyond preventing practices such as foie gras (force feeding) and live plucking. It enables the birds to live healthy lives, express innate behaviours and not suffer from pain, fear or distress. The standard also follows the chain of custody from farm to product, so consumers can be confident that the down and feathers in the products they choose are truly RDS.
Down is one of the highest-quality and best-performing materials to use in insulated outdoor gear, like jackets and sleeping bags. Not only does down have significant insulation value, this natural fibre is also incredibly lightweight and easy to compress, making it the fill of choice for many professional outdoor adventurers.
Now you can be confident that when you buy high quality down jackets and down sleeping bags at Kathmandu, the down is 100% ethically sourced too.