Topshop, Primark, Warehouse and Oasis are among the retailers that have committed to banning down feathers from their collections following an exposé by animal rights campaigner PETA.
PETA down feathers
The organisation published a video in May that showed workers in China, which sources 80% of the worlds’ down, pinning geese down and ripping their feathers out, leaving gaping wounds.
Yet these farms have connections to retail suppliers that are certified by the Responsible Down Standard, which prohibits live plucking of geese, PETA said.
Other retailers which have offered a down-free pledge include Whistles, Miss Selfridge, White Stuff, Hobbs, Dr Martens, Wallis, Boohoo and Asos.
“Just as they did with cruelly obtained angora wool, forward-thinking fashion brands are jumping to meet the demands of today’s compassionate consumers, who want nothing to do with an industry that rips out live birds’ feathers,” said Yvonne Taylor, PETA’s senior manager of corporate projects.
“PETA will continue to work with retailers across the UK to ditch feathers in favour of natural or high-tech synthetic fillers that are hypoallergenic, warm, eco-friendly and infinitely kinder to birds.”