7 of the Most Affordable, Eco-Friendly Winter Coats & Jackets

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written by:  Giulia Lallas

editor's note:

Bundle up and stay warm with some of our favorite eco-friendly coat options.

You want to be sustainable, but you also want to be warm. Why not be warm, sustainably? Featured on this post are 7 of our favorite, most affordable eco-friendly winter coats and jackets to keep you nice and snug in the cold.


1. Patagonia Radalie Jacket

Price:

$159

Our Take:

Patagonia is a leader in the world of sustainability. As a company, Patagonia values science and does not shy away from using its voice to spread environmental activism. Plus, Patagonia continuously works to better its clothing materials, working closely with researchers throughout the decision-making process. Moreover, the company donates 1% of its sales to preserving our planet, is a certified B-Corp, and holds a Fair Trade certification.


2. Women's Outerknown Puffer

Price:

$198

Our Take:

Outerknown is a bluesign® certified organization that follows Fair Trade USA protocols, happily working with 5,000 workers. Furthermore, the organization was among the first to work towards meeting Fair Labor Association standards prior to shipping a single item. 100% of Outerknown's trunks are made with renewable or recycled fibers. Plus, as of now, a grand total of 90% of all of Outerknown's fibers are recycled, organic, or regenerated. Outerknown is consciously working on upping this statistic. By 2030, the organization hopes to make 100% of its products circular while continuing to keep its items out of the landfill and giving customers the option of having their jeans repaired, recycled, or replaced.


3. North Face ThermoBall Eco Jacket

Price:

$199

Our Take:

The North Face addresses climate change as a very important, real phenomenon. The North Face is working with a nonprofit to invest in Green-E Climate Certified carbon offsets and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) in an effort to to manage its facility offsets. Plus, the company offsets 100% of its emissions from business travel and employee commuting via a Conservation Fund that plants trees and protects wildlife. Additionally, The North Face encourages customers to recycle their used clothing at the stores by incentivizing them with a $10 reward. Lastly, the brand abides by bluesign® standards, uses recycled materials when possible, and makes sure all of its products with down are RDS-certified.


4. Marine Layer Austria Long Puffer

Price:

$225

Our Take:

Something unique to Marine Layer is that they've made over 100 custom sustainable fabrics for its clothing items. These fabrics are made using different combinations of four ingredients: recycled plastic, upcycled organic cotton, Tencel, and modal. If customers grow out of their t-shirts, Marine Layer encourages them to return them so they can turn them into new shirts (the company even uses fabric scraps as t-shirt pockets). In terms of the brand's supply chain, its goal is to have its manufacturing partners use 100% third-party audits compared to the 79% used in 2019. Marine Layer stores are filled with pockets of sustainability, like resin drop-off packages, stores are being innovated to include compost bins, light sensors, and more!


5. Cotopaxi Hoodless Down Jacket

Price:

$230

Our Take:

Cotopaxi is a certified B-Corp that ensures its workers fair, safe working conditions. The corporation pledges to give 1% of its total revenue to multiple nonprofits aimed at alleviating poverty under what it calls the Cotopaxi Foundation. In addition Cotopaxi prioritizes recycled and repurposed materials, is working on reforestation in the Amazon and is helping those in need get the education and tools they deserve. The company is a Sustainable Apparel Coalition member and has transparent factory supply chains.


6. Harper Coats Brunch Puffer

Price:

$250

Our Take:

Harper Coats is a cruelty-free, PETA approved coat brand. In early 2020, the company banned fur from its inventory altogether and made the switch to sustainable vegan down in their products. With the help of PETA, Harper Coats donated its remaining fur-inclusive products to a wildlife rehabber. The brand thinks carefully about its carbon offsets and is actively working to improve them. Also, Harper Coats are durable and very warm. And as a final perk, the company's playful brand voice makes browsing their website a pretty awesome experience. Plus, you can use code BRIGHTLY20 for 20% off coat purchases.


7. Honorable Mention: Allbirds Trino Puffer

Price:

$250

Our Take:

Allbirds is very mindful about the materials it features in its clothing items. These materials range from Trino™ (with a ZQ merino certification) to sugar cane (with a Bonsucro certification) to recycled bottles to castor bean oil. Allbirds also uses 90% recycled cardboard in its packaging. It is a certified B-Corp that holds the FSC® certification. The company has a strong sustainability approach that aims to reach a carbon footprint of zero given all things from pre-production to post-production. The current details of the brand's carbon footprint and offsetting plan are laid out on the Allbirds website, so be sure to check it out for more information.

1. Patagonia Radalie Jacket

Price:

$159

Our Take:

Patagonia is a leader in the world of sustainability. As a company, Patagonia values science and does not shy away from using its voice to spread environmental activism. Plus, Patagonia continuously works to better its clothing materials, working closely with researchers throughout the decision-making process. Moreover, the company donates 1% of its sales to preserving our planet, is a certified B-Corp, and holds a Fair Trade certification.


2. Women's Outerknown Puffer

Price:

$198

Our Take:

Outerknown is a bluesign® certified organization that follows Fair Trade USA protocols, happily working with 5,000 workers. Furthermore, the organization was among the first to work towards meeting Fair Labor Association standards prior to shipping a single item. 100% of Outerknown's trunks are made with renewable or recycled fibers. Plus, as of now, a grand total of 90% of all of Outerknown's fibers are recycled, organic, or regenerated. Outerknown is consciously working on upping this statistic. By 2030, the organization hopes to make 100% of its products circular while continuing to keep its items out of the landfill and giving customers the option of having their jeans repaired, recycled, or replaced.


3. North Face ThermoBall Eco Jacket

Price:

$199

Our Take:

The North Face addresses climate change as a very important, real phenomenon. The North Face is working with a nonprofit to invest in Green-E Climate Certified carbon offsets and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) in an effort to to manage its facility offsets. Plus, the company offsets 100% of its emissions from business travel and employee commuting via a Conservation Fund that plants trees and protects wildlife. Additionally, The North Face encourages customers to recycle their used clothing at the stores by incentivizing them with a $10 reward. Lastly, the brand abides by bluesign® standards, uses recycled materials when possible, and makes sure all of its products with down are RDS-certified.


4. Marine Layer Austria Long Puffer

Price:

$225

Our Take:

Something unique to Marine Layer is that they've made over 100 custom sustainable fabrics for its clothing items. These fabrics are made using different combinations of four ingredients: recycled plastic, upcycled organic cotton, Tencel, and modal. If customers grow out of their t-shirts, Marine Layer encourages them to return them so they can turn them into new shirts (the company even uses fabric scraps as t-shirt pockets). In terms of the brand's supply chain, its goal is to have its manufacturing partners use 100% third-party audits compared to the 79% used in 2019. Marine Layer stores are filled with pockets of sustainability, like resin drop-off packages, stores are being innovated to include compost bins, light sensors, and more!


5. Cotopaxi Hoodless Down Jacket

Price:

$230

Our Take:

Cotopaxi is a certified B-Corp that ensures its workers fair, safe working conditions. The corporation pledges to give 1% of its total revenue to multiple nonprofits aimed at alleviating poverty under what it calls the Cotopaxi Foundation. In addition Cotopaxi prioritizes recycled and repurposed materials, is working on reforestation in the Amazon and is helping those in need get the education and tools they deserve. The company is a Sustainable Apparel Coalition member and has transparent factory supply chains.


6. Harper Coats Brunch Puffer

Price:

$250

Our Take:

Harper Coats is a cruelty-free, PETA approved coat brand. In early 2020, the company banned fur from its inventory altogether and made the switch to sustainable vegan down in their products. With the help of PETA, Harper Coats donated its remaining fur-inclusive products to a wildlife rehabber. The brand thinks carefully about its carbon offsets and is actively working to improve them. Also, Harper Coats are durable and very warm. And as a final perk, the company's playful brand voice makes browsing their website a pretty awesome experience. Plus, you can use code BRIGHTLY20 for 20% off coat purchases.


7. Honorable Mention: Allbirds Trino Puffer

Price:

$250

Our Take:

Allbirds is very mindful about the materials it features in its clothing items. These materials range from Trino™ (with a ZQ merino certification) to sugar cane (with a Bonsucro certification) to recycled bottles to castor bean oil. Allbirds also uses 90% recycled cardboard in its packaging. It is a certified B-Corp that holds the FSC® certification. The company has a strong sustainability approach that aims to reach a carbon footprint of zero given all things from pre-production to post-production. The current details of the brand's carbon footprint and offsetting plan are laid out on the Allbirds website, so be sure to check it out for more information.




written by:  Giulia Lallas

editor's note:

Bundle up and stay warm with some of our favorite eco-friendly coat options.

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