The Major Brands That Are Ditching Down

Posted by on November 24, 2020 | Permalink

Down – the feathers that some companies use to stuff jackets, duvets, pillows and sleeping bags – is often obtained by ripping out struggling geese’s feathers by the fistful, leaving open, bloody wounds. It’s agony for the birds. And given the many cosy alternative materials that work as well or better, it’s completely unnecessary, too.

After a shocking recent PETA US and PETA Asia eyewitness investigation revealed that even so-called “responsibly sourced” down may be linked to suppliers that use live plucking to obtain feathers, brands have been rushing to distance themselves from this unethical product.

These are the companies we’ve heard from so far that are promising to keep down out of all their future collections – and the list grows every week:

  • Adolfo Dominguez
  • ASOS
  • Barbour
  • Boohoo
  • BoohooMAN
  • Bruno Pieters
  • Burton
  • Cath Kidston
  • Desigual
  • Dorothy Perkins
  • Dr Martens
  • Ecoalf
  • Elisabetta Franchi
  • Embassy of Bricks and Logs
  • Evans
  • Fat Face
  • G-Star RAW
  • Hobbs
  • Houdini
  • Hunter
  • Jakke
  • Lazy Oaf
  • Logs
  • Miss Selfridge
  • Monsoon Accessorize
  • Napapijri
  • Nasty Gal
  • Oasis
  • Oliver Bonas
  • Outfit
  • Pretty Little Thing
  • Primark
  • Rains
  • Reiss
  • Save the Duck
  • Skunkfunk
  • Stella McCartney
  • Sweaty Betty
  • Topshop and Topman
  • Wallis
  • Warehouse
  • Whistles
  • White Stuff

We thank all these designers and retailers for doing the right thing for animals!

Hotels have also started to take note and choose feather-free alternatives for their pillows and duvets. The following hotel chains only use down-free bedding:

  • AC Hotels
  • Moxy Hotels

Help us stop the abuse of birds for down. If your favourite brand isn’t on this list, or if you see a shop selling feather-filled items, please get in touch and ask them to adopt a down-free policy like the brands listed above. Share our hard-hitting video with them to help them understand why down-free fashion and home furnishings are the way forward.