Part of being financially responsible includes weighing the ethics of what you’re buying, so if you want a cruelty-free way to get your wardrobe winterized for the colder seasons, here are a few places to start.
It’s in vogue for brands to hop on the cruelty-free bandwagon these days, but Patagonia’s been there since day one, building an environmentally conscious ethic into its DNA via their mission statement: “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”
North Face is the number one cold weather warrior in the game, and the Retro Nuptse Jacket’s boxy silhouette does double duty by helping you stand out from the crowd while simultaneously making sure you’re the warmest one in it.
As the name implies, Save the Duck’s whole thing is animal-free products, and few brands do better job of marrying ethics with sophistication. Some of the coolest coats you could hope to find on the market, in that oversized aesthetic everyone’s into, with nary an animal product in sight.
If you’re less concerned about how it looks and more concerned with functionality, Columbia’s got your number with this snowboard-wear inspired number featuring “Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining and Omni-Tech breathable waterproof material.” Whatever it does, it can handle just about whatever Mother Nature can throw at you.
If you’re looking to keep your feet toasty, warm and ethically sound, you don’t have to write off the recent Doc Martens resurgence. Their vegan boot option is animal free and will give your winter outfit the punk vibe you’re looking for.