Like many outdoor brands, Mountain Equipment utilises down within some of their insulated products due to its incredible warmth-to-weight ratio. But they want to ensure the down they use doesn’t cause any animal unnecessary suffering, so they’ve put together the Down Codex®, a set of rules and standards they are committed to upholding.
The four key rules of the Down Codex® set out that any virgin down used:
- Should be a by-product of the meat industry and come from birds that have been humanely slaughtered
- Should come from birds that have been raised in good conditions and to high standards of animal welfare
- Shouldn’t come from birds that have been live-plucked or live harvested
- Shouldn’t come from birds that have been force-fed
In addition to these rules, Mountain Equipment also upholds the Five Freedoms as defined by the RSPCA.
To ensure compliance, Mountain Equipment works with independent auditors and uses on-the-ground audits of farms, slaughterhouses, processes and factories. They are also committed to transparency and are the only brand to make audit results and independent quality reports publicly available online.
You can trace the down used in your Mountain Equipment products by inputting the 12 digit code printed on the Down Codex® stamped label on their website.