Responsible Down Standard
Our down supply chain is certified to the Responsible Down Standard.
Down is feathers and clusters made from the soft under plumage of geese or ducks. To enforce robust quality-of-life requirements for the birds who supply these feathers, and especially to help protect against force-feeding and live-plucking, all virgin down that Patagonia uses is traced from farm to shelf, so that the birds who supply it are protected. The Responsible Down Standard describes and (independently) certifies animal-welfare practices in down and feather production from the farm to the final product.
We trace our down.
Where We Are
100% of the down we source for our products (except our sleeping bags; learn more about our bags here) is certified to the RDS, and all our down suppliers are certified, too. An important part of their certification has been the on-site auditing of hundreds of hatcheries, farms and slaughterhouses to help ensure animal-welfare practices and high standards for the animals’ well-being.
By sharing what we’ve learned about our supply chain and exposing gaps that can put animals at risk, we hope to inspire brands, buyers and down producers to adopt higher standards for animal welfare.