Did you get snow on the weekend?
Even with lockdown, those who had snow certainly seemed to make the most of it. My Instagram account was full of snowmen, snowball fights, sledding and general mischief making.
With the snowy days not yet gone, we've done a round up of sustainable coats to keep you warm and your morals intact.
Have you heard of Vinted? Vinted is a 14 yo app that works similar to Depop (which is also a great place to shop) where users can take photos of clothes they don't wear any more and upload them to their profile. You can browse an eclectic range of clothing items using their slick functionality and take comfort in their buyers insurance policies which protect you if an item arrives not ad described. Great if you're missing browsing around charity shops. Buying second hand is a great way to secure the longevity of clothing already in circulation and reduce your carbon footprint.
We found this Abercrombie & Fitch coat for £45 in good-as-new condition. Check it out here.
2. People Tree
People Tree specialise in using natural fibres, or fibres that follow closed loop manufacturing processes - meaning they're biodegradable or able to be remade into new clothing at the end of their lifecycle. GOTS cotton, which is the mainstay of People Tree's fabrics, has high environmental and social standards that are rigorously reviewed.
We love this quilted coat from People Tree. Not only does its fashionable cinching feature at the waist create a more feminine silhouette, but it is made from GOTS organic cotton and eco-friendly corzo button fastenings. Currently on sale from £179 to £98.00 in sizes 8, 10 and 14. Shop the piece here.
Another long-time advocacy fashion brand is Komodo. Komodo put the planet at the heart of their business model and are constantly adapting their approach to keep up with new innovations. Their supply chain is 100% single-use plastic free and mostly use vegan, natural fibres in their collections. Everything is certified cruelty-free and they work closely with their suppliers in Kathmandu and Java to ensure they too can continue to uphold high environmental integrity and social justice. Plus, as part of their 1% For The Planet donations, your purchases support initiatives that buy back and reforest palm oil plantations.
We love the SNOWRABBIT jacket. Although made using recycled PET, this jacket helps to repurpose plastic bottles otherwise destined for landfill. It is currently on sale at £80 size 12 in warm sand (pictured and also size 10 in black). Check it out.
Or get him an Organic Cotton Jacket Dusky Cedar, with 100% organic cotton and a flattering fit. Available on sale for £84 from £120 here.
Finesterre is a firm favourite in the sustainable fashion world. A slow fashion brand inspired by the sea, their dedication to improving their products, packaging and supply chain is unmatched. A certified BCorp to boot, Finiesterre excels in making high-functioning, durable and technical equipment, as well as cosy timeless pieces. One thing we love about this brand is that they will fix your products for you should they break or suffer wear and tear - just select your service, send it off and it will be hand repaired and returned to you good as new. They have eliminated single use plastic and pioneered a biodegradable, water soluble and recyclable material for protecting their clothing during transportation. The material breaks down when it comes into contact with soil or water, and turns into harmless bio-mass.
Finisterre does sit on the more expensive side, but it is well worth splashing the cash on a timeless piece that will last a lifetime. We love their new recycled range, particularly this stunning Nimbus Insulated Jacket in Baltic Blue - £165. See womens and mens.
If you really want to invest in a winter warmer that will last, look no further than Allbirds. Made famous for their gender-neutral designs, innovative materials and approach to sustainable footwear, Allbirds has continued to their trend and expanded into other fashion items. The Allbirds Trino™ Puffer is a combination of materials including sustainably sourced wool and TENCEL™ Lyocell for the outer and recycled nylon and wool for the lining and insulation. This jacket will keep you snug without the need for down. Shop both men and women but be prepared each jacket is £250.
Other great places to look are:
We love this men's bestselling indigo jersey blazer in organic cotton with it's bright colour and timeless features - £69.95
Looking for something a bit different? Using 100% post consumer plastic (aka plastic bottles) and combining them with graphic art you get phenomenal technical pieces, fashion statements and planet protectors all in one. A cool £135 and this unisex work of art could be yours.
8. Labo Mono
Another show stopper, Labo Mono take their graphics to the next level with their functional jackets. Using 30 recycled bottles and bright designs they are popular with the urban and adventure crowd. Sneaky features such as reversible reflective cuffs, hidden pockets and waterproofing makes it great for cyclists and sporty types. £159.
Buying sustainable clothing is still on the pricey side, but only compared to fast fashion and cheap labour. The process is a long one, but by investing in timeless pieces, that have been made with people and planet in mind we will help to shift the status quo and make green solutions cheaper for all. Decent coats, when made well, shouldn't cost £20 - somewhere, someone is paying the price.
If you've found other brands you think we should include, drop me a message - firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you.