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Responsible Down Standard (RDS) is published

After nearly two years in development, the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) is now complete and published.

After nearly two years in development, the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) is now  complete and published.

A percentage of the world's supply of down feathers has been plucked from live birds or sourced from birds which have been force-fed. Both practices condemned as cruel by animal welfare groups. As a reaction a major brand, The North Face (TNF) approached Control Union Certifications to develop a sustainable solution to use ethically sourced down in their final products.

As a result the RDS standard has been published recently. The standard is owned by the Textile Exchange, a global nonprofit dedicated to sustainability in the apparel and textile industry. 

As a next step, we will carry out audits across the worldwide supply chain of TNF and certify complaint operators. The standard is open to any companies using waterfowl down in their products and we hope to welcome soon many operators among the  group of ‘RDS certified’ companies.

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