WHAT IS RDS CERTIFICATION?

RDS - or the Responsible Down Standard - is a certification that ensures humane treatment of geese and ducks throughout the entire down and feather supply chain.

Find out more about the RDS certification of our Forclaz products, from animal welfare to traceability of feathers!

WHAT IS THE RESPONSIBLE DOWN STANDARD?

RDS certification, definition

RDS is a global standard, issued by an independent body to brands that voluntarily choose to certify their products. The standard, which was initiated by Textile Exchange - a non-profit trade organization - was developed over a period of 3 years with the input of industry experts, animal rights groups, brands and retailers.

What are the key points in the RDS certification? :
Any removal of down and feathers from live birds (live-plucking or moult-harvesting) is prohibited.
- Force-feeding is prohibited.
- Holistic respect for animal welfare of the birds from hatching to slaughter.
- The animals have access to both indoor and outdoor spaces that are sufficiently large, comfortable and hygienic to ensure their well-being.
- Each stage in the supply chain is audited by a professional, third party certification body.
- RDS down and feathers must be clearly identifiable so they are not confused with other non-certified materials.
- Only products made from 100% certified down and feathers carry the RDS logo.

WHAT IS THE RESPONSIBLE DOWN STANDARD?
Traceability of RDS feathers

WHY MAKE A COMMITMENT TO CERTIFYING OUR FEATHER PRODUCTS?

Knowing the origin of the feathers and knowing that they come from animals that have been humanely treated is vitally important to Forclaz.
Which is why we work with RDS-certified suppliers who adhere to standards of humane livestock farming and do not do engage in live-plucking, or similar practices.

Today we are proud to declare that all our feather products are RDS-certified.
This includes all our down jackets and our feather sleeping bags.

In the interests of greater transparency, here are further details about the origins of our feather products:

Traceability of RDS feathers

WHY USE FEATHERS?

Our ancestors were well aware of the thermal qualities of feathers which are also very popular with trekkers thanks to their relative compactness and low weight.

Furthermore, contrary to popular belief, feathers are easy to maintain: it's all a question of washing and storing!
And because sustainability is at the heart of Forclaz's DNA, our products are designed to be durable and easy to repair so you can use your Forclaz product when trekking for as long as possible.

decathlon and RDS

Kevin guillaume

Responsible procurement of feathers and down

"For us, in Decathlon, helping protect the environment is not just confined to lowering our CO2 emissions. It's also about ensuring the humane treatment of animals when the base material comes from this source. Our commitment to the RDS Label ensures traceability of feathers from livestock farms to shops as well as compliance with animal welfare standards."