We will only buy feather and down from suppliers who participate in industry recognised traceability standards. Our suppliers are accredited to the Responsible Down Standard, Downpass or Downmark. You can read more about these standards below.
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- Responsible Down Standard (RDS)
These traceability standards give you the assurance that the suppliers can trace all feather and down they use back to the source, that specific farming conditions have been met and that the birds have not been live-plucked nor force-fed.
It is important to note that first and foremost feather and down is a by-product of the farming industry. Live plucking is often a concern for customers but in reality, it is an old small-holding farming practice that makes little to no economic sense and is prohibited by EU law.
Our source of New Zealand Mitchell Wool is certified to guarantee that the practice of mulesing has not been using during the farming process.
If you would like to know more or have any questions do not hesitate to get in contact with our Customer Services team.
Currently there is no standard welfare practice across the industry for silk worms during silk production. The process of extracting silk with hot water has been in place for thousands of years yet, age-old traditions mean little where welfare is concerned. There have been some advancements in the development of ethical solutions in the production of silk, but the silk produced from this method does not yet have cruelty-free certification and often isn't genuine. Animal welfare is important to us at Soak&Sleep as you will see from our policies across other fibres and fills like wool and feather and down, and we are keeping abreast of all developments in the production of silk to help find alternate sources as the industry changes. We have our eyes keenly trained on multiple organisations that are currently in the process of setting new industry standards.