Tis’ the season for winter jackets and you’re in need of something fashionable that’s going to keep you warm but there’s one dilemma – so many innocent animals are being harmed in our pursuit of style.
According to Animal Justice every purchase of one real fur parka, approximately 12 to 15 innocent animals are killed. Don’t want to compromise a fashion trend for an animal’s life? Here are some wonderful brands that produce down alternative jackets that will keep you warm all winter without throwing your moral compass into a tail-spin.
Vaute Couture rose to the scene by being the first vegan brand to be showcased in New York Fashion Week. This self-proclaimed chic and ethical brand manufactures their jackets in Toronto, so you know they’re tough enough for a frosty winter. One of the many things that makes Vaute unique is that it uses recyclable bottles to make its coats and trims them down with recyclable fibers to create a faux fur look sans animal harm.
HoodLamb jackets are waterproof and also made from recycled bottles. Besides being vegan, their jackets are primarily made out of hemp. Using hemp means that they don’t have to use pesticides in order to maintain the quality of their coats. This sustainable trend has become an alternative used for accessories and shoes as well. Among the ingredients they use for insulation are organic fibers, recycled plastic bottles, and leftover cotton fibers. This ensures that you are kept warm without having to kill an animal in the process.
If you want a premium blend of insulation, Primaloft has you covered. Their brand of insulated jackets is patented and made specifically for the US Army, ensuring the highest of quality. Using post-consumer recycled materials, their jackets are not only eco-friendly but their compression technology will keep you just as warm as down feathers. These type of jackets can range anywhere from the $300 to $2,000.
Frank & Oak
If you’re looking for a material superior to down try out Frank & Oak. Their jackets use Primaloft’s technology to keep you warmer longer. The combination of Frank & Oak’s high fashion design and Primaloft’s warmth sealing technology will keep you looking cool and feeling harm all winter.
If you’re more on the athletic side, check out Mountain Equipment. This company’s jackets contain special technology called Hyperloft, an eco-synthetic and fur-free insulation, perfect for someone who doesn’t want to sacrifice their performance for animal rights.
Based out in Montreal, this company focuses on being fashion forward while still being animal-centric. Noize uses a blend of polyester, vegan leather, and faux fur in their various jacket styles.
For more cruelty-free options, check out companies such as Nordstrom, Asos, and Macy’s. These stores carry high-quality brands that will not lead you astray on your journey for finding the right fur-free jacket.