The down filling in jackets often comes from birds who spend their entire lives suffering in filthy, crowded conditions: That’s the message that PETA, as a lululemon shareholder, will take to the athletic apparel company’s annual meeting on June 8.
THIS is where down feathers come from.
— PETA (@peta) March 14, 2015
lululemon obtains some of its down from China, where there are no regulations to protect these animals and no penalties for abusing them. A PETA exposé of the down industry in China documented that workers left sick and injured chicks, geese, and ducks to die slowly. Dead birds were found decaying in crates and ponds or tossed outside like trash.
There’s simply no way to ensure that birds aren’t suffering when they’re used for down. PETA is calling on lululemon to live up to its claim of seeking an “elevated” world and use exclusively the high-tech insulating materials that it already offers in many of its jackets.
— PETA (@peta) June 9, 2015
PETA suggests using modern, cruelty-free insulating fabrics—such as PrimaLoft, Thinsulate, lyocell, bamboo, and others—which are warm, cozy, and allergen-free. And unlike down, they don’t collect dust and mold and they insulate even when wet.
What You Can Do
Selling down is inconsistent with lululemon’s promotion of compassion and environmental stewardship. Click the button below to urge the company to take a compassionate stance for geese and the Earth by no longer selling down.