‘Ethical Down’: Is The Lining Of Your Winter Coat Nothing But Fluff?

by MR Magazine Staff

Five years ago, it was revealed that birds were plucked of their feathers while alive in Hungary, with the down ending up in Patagonia’s jackets. The company subsequently undertook an investigation and found that geese in its supply chain had also been force-fed so their ballooning livers could be used as foie gras. Other businesses suddenly realised they also had a problem. Some have now put policies in place to ensure their down is ethically sourced – North Face’s responsible down standard, for instance, has been shared with other industry players including H&M. Read more at The Guardian.