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Cruelty-Free Winter Sports Essentials

Now is the perfect time to shop for snow sports, so here are some comfortable, stylish, and warm options for staying cruelty-free this winter:

Jackets

A good jacket is essential for snow sports. But did you know that down is plucked from geese and ducks while they’re still alive—without anesthetics? This year, wear synthetic fleece instead. A good three-in-one jacket is great for a long day of skiing, snowboarding, or sledding. You can adjust layers as the weather changes, and you’ll always have plenty of pockets to hold onto keys, phones, and other essentials. Check out these options:

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Women’s Stormdrift 3-in-1 Parka by Patagonia

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Men’s ThermoBall™ Hoodie by The North Face

Hats

Remember when you were a kid and your teacher said that you lose 50 percent of your body heat through your head? Well, that might not be entirely true, but you still want to keep your head warm and dry while you’re out in the freezing cold all day. Just be sure to choose a hat made from synthetic fibers, not wool. You’ll forget you even have it on, but you’ll be showing your compassion for animals the whole time! Here are some hat options:

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Women’s DAKINE Audrey Visor Beanie by REI

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Men’s All Day Long Beanie by Burton

Gloves

You need a good pair of gloves to keep your hands safe and dry. Look for a gauntlet to go over the cuff on your jacket in order to prevent snow from getting up your sleeve. Just remember to get gloves made from synthetic materials, not leather. Why wear leather when there are so many other great options? Try these, made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles:

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Women’s Electra Glove by Dakine

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Men’s Bronco Glove by Dakine

Boots

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Unisex Jimmy Boot by Native

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Women’s Arctic Vegan by Jambu

Even if you aren’t lucky enough to see the snow this season, check out some options for stylish coats for both men and women, and comforters for staying in bed on cold winter mornings.

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