The North Face has announced it is introducing an autumn 2016 line with 100 percent ecologically responsible down. The autumn 2016 collection includes more than 500 down-insulated apparel pieces globally made with down that is certified through the Responsible Down Standard (RDS). The company planned to include 100 percent responsible down in its autumn 2017 collection but was able to do so ahead of schedule. The RDS is aimed to prevent practices like live plucking and force-feeding, and sets strict requirements on key issues such as water and food quality, housing, stock density, animal health, outdoor access, hygiene and pest and predator control, among others.