As documented in a recent PETA exposé, cruelty can be found in every stitch of down-stuffed Canada Goose jackets. Geese at a Canada Goose supplier were crushed and even suffocated when being rounded up for slaughter, and were then violently killed for their feathers.
Thankfully, many companies are using high-tech vegan materials that are better for both birds and the environment. For instance, after hearing from PETA, Spanish retailer Ecoalf has not only debuted a line of “PETA-Approved Vegan” environmentally friendly jackets but also pledged to go completely feather-free, including by ditching down, in all its designs by 2020.
Ecoalf is one of many businesses working to prevent animals from being plucked so that their feathers can be stuffed into coats. Here are our top down-free jacket picks to keep you cozy and feather-free:
Ecoalf’s stylish jackets are putting compassion into fashion, and kindhearted consumers will take notice. The “Adele” jacket is made with 100 percent recycled, water-repellent polyamide. This puff jacket proves that fashion can be functional without involving ripping birds’ feathers out.
Throw this over a hoodie, and tighten the drawstring at the waist to slim the jacket to your fit. Zip up, button up, and secure your items in the six front pockets—or use the inner pocket for added protection. Available in “army” or “super dark navy,” the drawstring and cuffs provide the color contrast that you need to finish your look.
Sometimes, you need to bring out the heavyweight—and the Lincoln by Schott NYC is just that. The quilted canvas outer is padded with 100 percent polyester and lined with a cotton and polyester blend. The hood is adjustable and features a thick, detachable acrylic trim.
This bomber jacket pairs well with jeans and boots. Padded with polyester and equipped with press studs, it’s both functional and fashionable.
Wuxly Movement boasts that, thanks to its use of vegan fabrics, it has saved over 19,000 animals from being killed for their skin. The animal-free outerwear company even offers a “trade-up” program in which potential shoppers can trade in fur-trimmed or down-filled jackets for a credit toward a Wuxly parka. Thankfully, its animal-free jackets will keep you both warm and stylish. Rated for temperatures as low as -22 degrees, this parka has climate-control back straps built in for sudden temperature changes.
Fjällräven designs jackets that are practically perfect in every way for adventuring. This one is equipped with enough pockets to carry all the essentials and is finished with a detachable faux-fur trim. Heavy-duty polyester filling offers insulation from the elements, while the durable outer fabric provides ventilation in case any of your base-layer garments become damp.
This parka is padded with Supreme Microloft, Fjällräven’s revolutionary material that traps air and uses it to keep you warm better than down feathers would. Loaded with convenient pockets and capable of withstanding moisture without losing its insulating properties, this durable coat provides protection in any conditions.
PETA Business Friend NOIZE is best known for its overcoats. Its products are high-quality, warm, fashionable, and—best of all—completely vegan. This quilted coat features a “sweetheart-shaped” hood with luxurious faux-fur trim and is filled with 100 percent cozy polyester insulation. We’ve teamed up with NOIZE to offer an exclusive 15 percent discount through the company’s website when you use coupon code MakeNOIZEwithPETA.
This parka features a natural, water-resistant hemp and organic cotton herringbone outer shell, making for a coat that’s light and sturdy. It’s entirely functional for exploring the outdoors, too: The inner shell is insulated with Thermore Ecodown, a feather-free down that will keep you warm even in frigid temperatures. We applaud HoodLamb’s longtime efforts to produce dependable and protective outerwear and to be kind to both animals and the planet.
This mountain-ready hooded jacket combines superior synthetic insulation with a thermal-reflective lining. The Alpine Action coat features high-tech polyester for next-level warmth and waterproof breathability.
Simple and stylish, Helly Hansen’s high-loft, synthetically insulated parka will keep you cozy and dry on your urban exploring adventures. The Blume features a detachable faux-fur hood and a durable waterproof fabric that can stand up to dreary, rainy days.
Easy on the eye but hard on the cold, this coat features PrimaLoft insulation and a sturdy outer fabric that’s wind- and waterproof. Sport a solid style without compromising on functionality by donning this parka whenever the temperature dips.
Wrap up in this stylish quilted jacket, which is puffed with recycled polyester to keep you cozy. Store your valuables in the handy inner pocket or one of several outer pockets. This parka delivers a smooth look while keeping you toasty.
The North Face’s patented ThermoBall insulation consists of clusters of synthetic balls, which achieve exceptional warmth in cold and wet weather. The jacket is great for travel, because it compresses and packs easily.
This jacket uses 100 percent knitted polyester fabric and is designed to insulate and absorb humidity while still allowing wind protection and freedom of movement. Find more options for both men and women at Save the Duck’s online store.
Ditching down is easier than ever with the Istari jacket from Marmot. With its 3M Thinsulate Recycled Featherless Insulation, it stands up to cold weather just as well as any coat stuffed with feathers from abused birds. But unlike those filled with down, which is ripped from the skin of ducks and geese, this vegan coat will keep you warm even in soggy conditions.
A trusted brand among the most seasoned outdoor explorers, Black Diamond never disappoints when it comes to winter-weather gear. The Sharp End is made from synthetic nylon and is built for year-round use in alpine conditions. Its Gore-Tex shell is waterproof, breathable, and extremely sturdy. And you can rest easy, knowing that the Sharp End is backed with a lifetime warranty.
This coat’s breathable WeatherEdge shell will protect you from wind and moisture, while a detachable liner of ThermaFill insulation will keep you warm. It’s available in an array of fancifully named colors: Atlantic, cinder, classic black, eggplant, and putty. Visit the Eddie Bauer website to see them.
This stylish hoodie is perfect for the commuter, with wet-weather insulating ThermoBall™ technology and an interior pocket for a phone or tablet.
Need more ideas? Learn more about the innovative materials taking the place of wool and down today. Also, see our How to Wear Vegan guide for more on the ins and outs of compassionate shopping. Ever more savvy, conscientious consumers are actively choosing to support forward-thinking brands championing the sustainable vegan fashion revolution. Join us!
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