How sustainable is

Down and Feathers


Down and feathers comes from birds and are most used as filling and padding to make warm garments. When selecting down and feather, ensure it isn’t sourced from live-plucked or force-fed birds. Instead select sources from birds that have been bred for the meat industry. Reliable certifications are Responsible Down Standard (RDS) or Traceable Down Standard (TDS). Recycled down and feathers is the most environmental and animal friendly choice.

bergstrand material GUIDE ranking*

Certified and recycled down and feather is considered approved.


Approved materials may be less expensive than preferred materials, but may not be as ethical or sustainable in their production. While approved materials are not considered the best option, they may be used in clothing production as long as certain standards and guidelines are followed.
* The Bergstrand Material Guide Ranking is only a guide. Our consultants can help with accurate assessments of your brand’s use of materials.
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