We are proud to be a fur-free brand. The hood ruffs you see on our jackets are synthetic; the result of many years of Italian development to retain a similar efficiency and appearance to real fur.
“We have always been very mindful of the ethics of production and supply chains, particularly in relation to animal products,” says Shackleton Co-Founder Martin Brooks. "But times are changing and the performance benefits of synthetics have taken huge leaps.
"Our mission to become the world’s best performance outerwear brand cannot be at the expense of animals. Instead, we are investing time and resources into finding the most sustainable and efficient alternatives that match or exceed materials like fur in look, feel and performance."
The down used in our insulated jackets has been sourced and managed in accordance with the Responsible Down Standard (RDS). RDS certification is granted to a company that has had its supply chain audited by a professional, third-party body. It recognises and rewards the best practices in animal welfare.
Down is a renewable resource, a by-product of the food industry – in fact, if not used for insulation it is a waste product. It provides very long-lasting performance and superb value over time, and when ultimately discarded it is biodegradable. None of the down in Shackleton products is ever plucked from live birds.