Down is a natural, soft, and fluffy feather that comes from the fine undercoat, or inner layer of feathers of geese and ducks. It is not a fabric or material that you will generally see on the outside of clothing, as it is mainly used for insulation. Down is considered an effective natural insulator with temperature regulation and is often used as filling for jackets, pillows, and comforters because it is warm, lightweight, compressible, durable, and breathable.

Tommy Hilfiger has banned the use conventional down and feathers and only uses down certified under the Responsible Down Standard or verified recycled content standards, like Global Recycled Standard (GRS) or Recycled Content Standard (RCS) certification.

You can read more about our standards for animals in PVH’s Animal Welfare Policy.

The more sustainable down mentioned on our hangtags are discussed below:

TOMMY HILFIGER products that list “Responsibly sourced down” use down sourced from farms certified for responsible animal and land management practices.

Responsibly sourced down has been verified at all stages of production starting from the farmers. The down comes from birds that have been treated responsibly, protecting the five freedoms of animal welfare, including the mental and physical well-being of the animals. Responsibly sourced down comes from farms with proper land management practices in place such as protecting soil health, biodiversity, and native species.

Tommy Hilfiger requires the responsible down content to be certified by Responsible Down Standard (RDS).

Down feathers are recycled to help divert waste. Recycled down can be made from pre- and post-consumer down such as garments, cushions, and production leftovers.

Material collections may be from pre-consumer or post-consumer sources. Post-consumer waste is more challenging to collect and sort through, due to various blends, and is generally a more labor-intensive process.

  • Pre-Consumer Recycled Materials – These are materials diverted from waste streams during the manufacturing process. For example, using leftover down from manufacturing facilities when garments are made.
  • Post-Consumer Recycled Materials – These are materials generated by households or commercial and industrial facilities. When these products can no longer be used for their intended purpose and are recycled, they are then determined to be post-consumer.

Tommy Hilfiger requires recycled materials to have Global Recycled Standard (GRS) or Recycled Content Standard (RCS) certification.