Sunday, March 3, 2024

8 Eco Coats and Jackets: Outerwear to Warm Your Body, Not the Planet


Stay warm and stay stylish the sustainable way with eco outerwear. These jacket picks are made to warm your body, not the planet.

It’s inevitable: cooler weather arrives every year, even amid the warming climate. In fact, studies show the forthcoming winters could become longer and colder. In North America, this is directly linked to the warming of the Arctic. And that’s not expected to revert to cooler temperatures year-round anytime soon.

All of this means it’s important to bundle up in the most sustainable of ways. At home, wear layers so you can keep your house temperature lower. Make sure your home is properly insulated, too. And when it comes to outerwear, wear what you have already, of course. But as the elements take their toll on your boots, hats, and jackets, when it is time to upgrade, be sure to do so sustainably. We recommend these picks to help.

1. Wuxly Doe 5 Parka

The key to staying sane during the cold months: really good outerwear. Wuxly’s products are all crafted as sustainably as possible and they are also cruelty-free. This Doe 5 Parka is perfect to keep you toasty no matter how blustery it is outside. It is water-resistant and the shell is made out of recycled polyester. And it is pretty stylish, too.

2. Cuyana Wrap Puffer Jacket

Whether you need something for those cold fall days or are lucky enough to live somewhere where the weather never gets too cold, a lightweight puffer is a great thing to have in your closet. It is also easy to layer as needed for when the weather can’t make up its mind. 

Cuyana has great sustainability across all of the brand, including this Quilted Puffer, which is made entirely from recycled polyester. Each coat is crafted from yarn made from 45 plastic bottles, keeping them out of our waterways.

Stella McCartney Alter Mat Puffer jacket

3. Stella McCartney Alter Mat Short Puffer Coat

Puffer jackets have come a long way in both style and materials. And you can’t go wrong with this long-overdue sustainable upgrade courtesy of the Queen of sustainable style, Stella McCartney. The designer brings style and sensibility to this iconic classic that you’ll want to wear everywhere.

Prada Blouson

4 Prada Re-Nylon Men’s Blouson

Not only does Prada’s Blouson keep your core warm and dry, but it’s made from the label’s Re-Nylon, a project partnership between the label and yarn producer Aquafil. For every 10,000 tons of the recycled material, it reduces 65,100 tons of CO2 emissions, reduces the use of petroleum by 70,000 barrels, creating a 90 percent decrease in climate impact related to nylon/petroleum emissions.

5. The North Face Thermoball Eco Jacket

Made with the North Face’s eco-recycled textile fill, the Thermoball is a sustainable alternative to down. But don’t fret; it will keep you just as warm and cozy, just without compromising on your ethics or sustainability commitments. And who doesn’t love a good North Face jacket? The iconic brand knows its outerwear, and this is a great upgrade.

It’s perfect for cooler days outside or even inside curled up by a snowy window. The jacket also packs into itself and you can use it as a pillow on planes or car rides, or pack it into your suitcase if you don’t need it until you reach your next destination.

Everlane puffer

6. Everlane ReNew Long Puffer

The Everlane ReNew Long Puffer is made from 100 percent recycled fabric and is filled with 100 percent recycled Primaloft — a high-performance insulation. The jacket has oversized button flap pockets, a drawstring hood, and a hidden drawstring waist to keep you toasty and stylish. According to Everlane, it’s eliminated 90 percent of virgin plastic from its supply chain.

fleur du mal trench

7. Fleur du Mal Eco Luxe Trench Coat

The Fleur du Mal Eco Luxe Trench Coat is cut from a high-grade performance fiber that uses 97 percent recycled materials. For a sexy, stylish look, this trench features a notch collar and double-breasted front with wrap belt closure, belted cuffs, front pocket, and button detailing. Wear this as long into the cooler months as you can and then some.

bernardo coat

8. Bernardo

Who needs fur when you’ve got Bernardo instead? These ethical, warm, and super stylish coats are perfect for the cooler months. Made with recycled polyester you’ll stay cozy and toasty in the teddy texture of this vegan fur coat. An oversized fit makes it perfect for layers and the longer length provides extra coverage. Dress this up or down and you won’t mind a long winter one bit.

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