With so many down-filled parka brands dominating the market, finding a winter jacket that is animal-friendly seems difficult. However, contrary to what you might think, there are a variety of brands with vegan and cruelty-free winter coat options so that you can stay true to your principles, and stay warm, too.
You can rest assured that none of these brands use fur or down for insulation. Rather, they use top-of-the-line synthetic materials so that you can remain cozy even when the temperatures drop below zero.
Here are the best vegan and cruelty-free winter coat brands to shop right now.
Canadian brand Frank and Oak have an awesome variety of winter coats for both women and men. The performance outerwear is engineered to support daily lifestyles and climates, allowing you to embrace every facet of winter without restraint.
The Toronto-based brand, founded by former CFL player James Yurichuk and best friend Anthony DeBartolo, is just as tough on the weather as its mission to be cruelty-free. Using PrimaLoft insulation, a military-grade technology, these coats are a game-changer as they apparently outperform down coats.
This stylish outerwear brand doesn’t waste time getting its message across: Save the Duck is pretty self-explanatory. Great for travel or commuting, these super lightweight puffers and raincoats are comfortable on your body and conscience. Rather than using goose down, the Milan-based company uses its proprietary technology to replace down with a warmer, more breathable material.
The Montreal-based brand is feather-free, fur-free, completely vegan, and most importantly, PETA-approved. But Noize’s effort to be sustainable certainly doesn’t dampen their style — these jackets are stylish with details like contrasting colours, as well as faux fur and leather trimmings that look incredibly realistic. The best part is that all styles are available for under $300.
If you’re looking for a sportier winter coat option that’s going to allow you to do lots of outdoor activities, look no further than Vancouver brand Arc’teryx. Created by climbers, the brand is completely fur-free and has many down-free options so you can get to exploring nature in all kinds of weather conditions. This brand has the seal of approval from more than a few adventure seekers.
With a name like Mountain Equipment, there is no doubt that this athletically-focused store and its namesake brand are experts in keeping you warm. While some of their heavier duty coats use down, many of them don’t, and none of them use fur. Most of their eco-friendly options use Hyperloft instead, a very powerful eco-synthetic insulation.
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