Spotlight: Cruelty-Free Winter Warmth with Save the Duck

Italian brand, Save the Duck, proves that it's possible to create great performance outerwear that is 100% animal-free and eco-friendly.

Italian eco brand, Save the Duck, launched in 2011 with a mission to prove that it was possible to create great outdoor wear that was 100% animal-free and kind to the planet.

Every collection is made from luxurious, sustainably sourced and recycled materials that are wind-proof and water resistant. And most notably, instead of using duck down feathers, Save The Duck uses their proprietary PLUMTECH filling, made from recyclable polyester that imitates the fluffiness and breathability of duck down but with no animal cruelty involved.

While down feathers— derived from geese and ducks— are seen as the golden standard in quality insulation, the down industry is mired by animal cruelty and traceability issues. Over 80% of the world’s down feathers are supplied by China, with few manufacturers being able to guarantee animal welfare practices due to the opaque nature of the supply chain

In recent years several outdoor wear brands have been dogged by controversy and criticism due to their sourcing of down feathers plucked from live animals— resulting in extreme pain and distress for the animals— and fur obtained through the use of cruel leg-hold traps, as in the case of Canada Goose. Save the Duck prides itself on not profiting from animal cruelty—no fur, no leather and no down are to be found in any of their collections. And they demonstrate that you simply don't need to exploit animals to create high quality outerwear.

Fabrics from Save the Duck’s Pro-Tech capsule line offer a mix of high levels of performance, technical detail and protection against the cold, wind and rain, as well as allowing for freedom of movement, and comfort. Whereas pieces from their versatile Icons collection are so lightweight and comp