Traceable Down Standard
All our Traceable Down can be traced back to birds that were never force-fed or live-plucked.
All of the virgin down that Patagonia sources is traced from parent farm to apparel factory, so that the birds that supply it are protected by the Global Traceable Down Standard (Global TDS), one of the strongest animal-welfare and consumer-assurance standards for the goose and duck down supply chain. These include robust requirements in all areas of the birds’ lives and especially protects against force feeding and live plucking.
We trace our down
Where We Are
One hundred percent of all of the virgin down we source is Global TDS certified and so are all of the farms, processors and finished-goods factories we work with. Our tracing process goes all the way back to the parent farms—where birds are raised to produce eggs and where the highest risk for live plucking occurs. Even though we don’t get our down from birds at parent farms, we feel obligated to look out for their welfare since they are the most essential part of the down supply chain.
By sharing what we’ve learned about our own supply chain and exposing gaps that can put animals at risk, we hope to inspire brands, buyers and down producers to adopt higher standards and the Global TDS certification.