Ditch the down. Why keeping warm doesn’t have to be cruel.

When the temperatures drop, many people turn to down filled coats to bundle up.  There exists a misconception, similar to wool, that there is no animal rights issue with down because the duck or goose is not killed in the harvesting of its down.  However, just as with wool, the procurement of down is extremely cruel and brutal.  Details about the this process can be found on the Vegan Peace website.

There are many down-free winter coat alternatives that are not only free from cruelty, but also quite fashionable.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

Save the Duck used Plumtech, a made-made padding created to imitate the fluffiness of down while preserving the advantages of technological thermal insulation.  They have several styles in both men’s and women’s coats and jackets.  Below is a great women’s hooded coat with faux fir lining that is detachable.

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Save the Duck women’s hooded coat

Image Source and Credit: Save the Duck

Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Vaute Couture was the very first vegan label to show at New York Fashion Week and when you take a look at their site, you will see why.  They have many options for winter coats, both in men’s and women’s styles, with the Emmy being one of my favorites.  Filled with 200 gram Primaloft ECO, an insulation that arctic explorers use, and made of recycled fibers, the Emmy is warm and oh so chic.  Several of Vaute’s coats are on sale and in addition they are currently running a special of $50 off any coat!

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Emmy

Image Source and Credit: Vaute Couture

HoodLamb is a company that is relatively new to me.  I recently stumbled upon them through Instagram and was instantly hooked when I saw their innovative styles and thoughtful mission of sustainability. Made from hemp, HoodLamb’s coats are not only good looking, they are also extremely warm and durable.  Check out the Ladies’ Noordic Parka which has insulation of organic Thermore® Rinnova Eco-lining made from 100% recycled polyester fibers from post-consumer PET bottles.  Pretty cool, right? I particularly like the attention to detail with their “signature innovations” including secret pockets, thumbholes, and built-in backpack straps.

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Ladies’ Noordic Parka

Image Source and Credit: HoodLamb

So there you have it people, here are three amazing vegan companies that offer lots of great winter coats options.  Remember, one of the best ways to help veganism, is to support vegan businesses!  Now you have no excuse but to ditch the down and keep warm the cruelty-free way!

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