Looking for ethical vegan coats to snuggle up in this winter? We found 15 great ones!
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
It’s a sad fact that vegans seem to suffer most in winter. It’s not only that there are fewer outerwear options, since fur, leather and down are definitely huge no-no’s. But frankly, it’s sometimes hard to even look at people in the street.
For example, in countries like Italy, it’s still not a taboo to walk around in fur, and many people do just that. It can sometimes be painful to reflect on how many innocent animals were trapped in cages, living miserable lives until they were slaughtered, just to make clothing!
And the same goes for down. It’s rather ironic that in places like Canada, where you’d think people would be into animal protection and the environment since they’re surrounded by so much nature, horrendously cruel, unethical brands like Canada Goose abound. We’re talking about a company that not only slaughters countless geese for their down filled coats, but also kills wild animals like wolves and coyotes to line the hoods of their jackets. Sick! That’s why we created this list of Ethical Vegan Coats.
No wonder lifelong vegetarian Rafferty Law – son of Jude Law and Sadie Frost, both PETA supporters – chose to star in a new PETA campaign. It proclaims: “Canada Goose – When Fashion Gets Really Ugly. Don’t buy Canada Goose cruelty.”
But are they eco friendly?
People will sometimes argue that animal skins and down are more eco friendly because they biodegrade. Well, that’s a bit of a myth. Down is usually encapsulated in polyester ‘pillows’ in jackets, so it has no chance to ‘escape’ to biodegrade when discarded, for example.
As for fur, the back of fur is leather. And leather needs chemical tanning and other kinds of treatments to keep it from rotting. Depending on the chemicals used, it may biodegrade faster than, say, polyester – but leather is often also treated with the toxic heavy metal chromium to allow it to have some ‘give’. And let’s not forget that fur is often dyed with highly toxic chemicals.
But it’s also true that vegan ‘leathers’ and other vegan materials can be made from some nasty petrol-based threads.
So, what’s a good choice for someone seeking ethical vegan coats? Of course, plant-based fabrics, such as hemp, organic cotton or bamboo, are best, if you can find them. But if you ask me, if a coat is made from recycled fabric is just as green. Sure, I know about microplastic pollution from laundering such garments, but honestly – how often do you actually wash your winter coat?
Ready to see some of the best ethical vegan coats for winter? Read on!
15 Ethical Vegan Coats To Snuggle Up In This Winter
1. Faz Not Fur
Faz Not Fur’s ‘Skate Moss’ coat is so soft and fluffy, it has to be touched to be appreciated. Made in the label’s French atelier from a specially developed faux fur, it has a contrasting panel at the front and this ethical vegan coat has a cozy hood to keep the chill out.
Pros: This coat is 100% PETA approved
Cons: That price tag!
Ethical brand Everlane has designed a simple vegan puffer that will protect you from the cold, with practicality. This long vegan coat is made entirely from 100% recycled fabric and filled with 100% recycled, high-performance Primaloft insulation that’s just as warm as down. Its functionality is attested by the oversized button flap pockets, a drawstring hood, and a hidden drawstring waist for a more flattering cinch.
Pros: Eco friendly and warm as heck, especially with the hood up. This is one of the cosiest ethical vegan coats around!
Cons: It’s for casual outfits only
Looking for the perfect casual jacket that’s super light, but warm enough to carry you through until summer? Mango has released its latest sustainable fashion range, and we love this quilted bomber! The midi design makes it perfect to throw over a tracksuit or jumper, while the press fastening hugs it to your body, trapping the warmth inside.
It was made using recycled fibres and processes that are kinder to the planet, thus reducing their environmental impact. This is a jacket you can feel good about buying, even if it’s from a high street brand. And it’s one of the cheaper jackets on this list – who doesn’t love an ethical bargain?
Pros: It’s water-repellent and ultra-light.
Cons: It does come from a fast fashion brand, which some may reject in principle
Price: Around $85.00
The Queen of vegan fashion has come up with a sumptuous Fur Free Fur vegan coat that will not only keep you warm, but will make you stand out like no other throughout the entire winter. It’s a posh, warm, voluminous ethical vegan coat with a gorgeously snuggly hood. We love that it bears a Fur Free Fur label on the outside, just in case anyone doubts it’s 100% cruelty free.
Pros: Gorgeous or what?! Plus it’s warm and fits most sizes
Cons: The price tag isn’t for everyone
Price: Around $1 700
Love minimalist, practical outerwear? You’ll adore this water repellent vegan bomber coat! It’s fully reversible – it’s black on both sides, but one is quilted and the other is smooth.
It has been made from recycled bottles to avoid landfill waste, and will keep you toasty with its cruelty-free, 100% featherless Thermore® Ecodown® filling. And unlike down filled coats, this one is fully machine washable. In fact, it’s one of the easiest ethical vegan coats to clean and maintain.
Pros: Two coats in one! Plus, we love that convenient breast pocket.
Cons: Great for moderate climates, but not ideal for say, Canadian winters
Not into puffer jackets? Luckily, there’s a wool-free vegan style for you! The Claresa vegan coat by Matt and Nat is ideal for the elegant woman. It’s a long sleeved, double-breasted ethical vegan wool coat with a large notched lapel collar and princess seams. The lining is made from recycled bottles. Woohoo!
Pros: This is a classic style that will be ‘in’ for years to come. I love the fact that the threads are recycled.
Cons: Pity it doesn’t come in more colours, no?
Price: Around $350
Patagonia is one of the most known brands for outerwear, and while they are not 100% vegan, they do offer some ethical vegan coats that are made of recycled nylon and polyester. This coat is lightweight and has beautifully quilted details that make it even more beautiful, modern and feminine. All you need to do now is to choose your favourite colour!
Pros: Classic, feminine fit, eco-friendly materials
Cons: Strict vegans may not be happy buying from a non-vegan company – but that being said, Patagonia does loads to help save the planet, like this.
Price: Around $250
Inspired by the classic biker, this oversized Dakota vegan leather jacket is a stylish vegan option for when the weather calls for additional layers. It features oversized lapels, an asymmetrical front zipper and silver hardware. If you start to feel the chill, just cinch in the waist and buckle up the cuffs.
Pros: This is one of those ethical vegan coats that will look great for decades.
Cons: It’s not the warmest coat for freezing temps
Price: Around $140
Oh but we were excited to learn how this vegan coat company – which usually produces gorgeous faux furs – has discovered the wonders of cactus leather!
They’re using this organic, biodegradable material to create faux-fur lined trench coats, bombers, and this unisex trucker-style jacket, below. This is one of our favourite ethical vegan coats!
Pros: As eco friendly as can be
Cons: You’ll need a good scarf, hat and gloves to stay warm in this ethical vegan coat on really cold days
Price: Around $600
Wear your ethics on your sleeve with EcoAlf’s Siberia Jacket! It’s ideal for outdoorsy types: it’s got a detachable hood, so you can remove it if you’re doing a sporty activity and get too hot. This ethical vegan coat has got big, deep pockets to allow you to take water and snacks on say, a cross-country skiing adventure.
Pros: Great for sports! Super warm! Vegan coat!
Cons: Not the most flattering shape
Price: Around $300
Save the Duck is a popular vegan coat brand that incorporates PLUMTECH® into its designs. This is a padding created to imitate all the fluffiness of down – but instead of killing animals, it uses 100% recycled plastic bottles to do so. Bonus: compared to traditional down, Save the Duck’s fabrics absorb high levels of humidity and dry very quickly.
My choice of their selection of ethical vegan coats wouldn’t be one stuffed with vegan down, though. It would be this reversible faux fur bomber in blue. There’s something a bit…Cookie Monster about it! In a good way of course.
Pros: It’s not only fluffy, soft and warm, but reversible, too!
Cons: Won’t keep your bum warm
Price: Around $370
When faux fur looks this good, it’s a surprise anyone still buys real fur! Culthread are giving us some serious winter vibes with their latest ethical vegan coats collection, and this faux fur Elgin vegan jacket is a must-have! Made from 100% recycled fabrics, it’s insulated with a super soft lining that has been crafted from recycled bottles. We’re loving that faux fur lined hood, too!
Pros: Versatile. Team it with some boots for an edgy vibe, or pair with some stilettos for a night out
Cons: Not everyone feels comfortable wearing white – especially if you live in a polluted city
Price: Around $610
Since its launch, Maison Atia has shaken the faux fur market with their creations that empower women to feel confident and look chic with the feel of real fur – minus the cruelty!
Maison Atia also aims to be as zero-waste as possible, using all the leftover fabric from its coat production to create chic accessories to match. For what they can’t use, they work with FabScrap to recycled all leftovers. Fashionable, ethical and kind to the planet – what more could you want from ethical vegan coats?
Pros: Loving the bright colours this style comes in – blue, yellow, green…
Cons: The price tag may shock some, but it’s for sure an investment coat!
Price: Around $850
Looking for something simple – but with flair? N’ONAT’s Tracee Coat has taken the iconic trench and given it a stylish twist. The double-breasted button trench featuring a snow leopard print has a detachable waist belt and 2 front welt pockets – perfect for taking you from the office and straight out to dinner.
The fabric and buttons are all made from eco-friendly recycled materials, and the vegan fabric feels like soft wool. It’s perfect for cosying up into now that it’s getting colder.
Pros: This ethical vegan coat is a chic new twist on the traditional trench coat.
Cons: The leopard print might not be to everyone’s taste
Price: Around $675
Main image and image 3: Faz not fur Image 2: PETA