When hearing about feather products, images or videos related to animal abuse may come to mind. However, there is a way to check that the pen is sourced from cruelty-free farms. Read more here:
The Responsible Down Standard is a global measure to certify the products and the obtaining of the feather and down to a process free of animal abuse.
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¿What the RDS is looking for?
It aims to ensure that there is no abuse, not only in the process of obtaining the feather (which is never done while the animal is alive), but throughout its upbringing. In addition, it encourages the decline of a cruel industry, showing them the advantages of respecting these standards.
The RDS strictly prohibits force-feeding, plucking, and feathers from live birds. In addition, they supervise each process with the help of professionals certified in methods free of animal abuse.
There are so many certified farms in the world that bad practices for obtaining feathers and down are being left behind, thus combating animal abuse. The certification also consists of several filters to obtain it, and constant inspection, so that control is always present.
Thanks to the RDS, companies like ours know how the materials are acquired to make the products, and we know everything about the process of obtaining the pens.
On RDS farms, the feather is obtained from ducks and geese that have continued to be raised for their meat. This means that organic materials are used to the maximum, avoiding the unnecessary production of other materials.
Big brands like The North Face and Columbia also source the pens from RDS certified farms, showing their commitment to improving animal welfare.
Keep in mind that the pen is a natural, biodegradable product that does not require fossil fuels for its production. In addition, it reduces the use of plastic and other synthetic materials.
You can learn more about the subject by going to the Responsible Down page. You can learn how other well-known brands achieved this certification to fight against animal abuse.