Puffer jackets are cold-weather essentials, but warmth doesn’t need to come at the expense of animals. In the down industry, some birds’ soft feathers are repeatedly ripped from their skin while they’re still alive. A PETA undercover investigation of a former Canada Goose down supplier showed that even birds used by this so-called “ethical down” producer were packed into cramped cages, were carried by their sensitive necks, and saw other birds killed right in front of them before they themselves were slaughtered.
Goose and duck farms where down is obtained harm the environment in the same ways farms that raise animals for meat do—they, too, generate massive amounts of manure and slaughter waste, use huge amounts of water, contribute significantly to greenhouse-gas emissions, and pollute the water, air, and land. Thankfully, major designers and retailers are responding to the growing demand for eco-friendly, down-free products.
There’s no reason why your jacket should contribute to animal suffering and environmental destruction, especially when there are so many great vegan puffer jackets on the market filled with vegan down.
Check out some of our favorite down-free, vegan puffer jackets:
Save the Duck was named PETA’s 2019 Company of the Year because its super-stylish puffers keep you warm using innovative recycled materials instead of down. Its animal-free outerwear performs well even in the most extreme conditions—it kept vegan mountaineer Kuntal Joisher warm during his Everest climb. Even if you aren’t planning on climbing the tallest mountain on the planet, you can still stay cozy with this jacket.
After PETA introduced 36 Chambers and Embassy of Bricks and Logs, the companies teamed up to design this puffer jacket made from recycled plastic collected from the ocean—and a portion of the proceeds from each sale helps support PETA’s animal liberation work.
NOIZE is a PETA Business Friend, uses our “PETA-Approved Vegan” logo, and fills its down-free puffer jackets with a material made from recycled water bottles. This jacket not only helps prevent birds from being abused in the down industry but also helps prevent plastic litter from killing our animal friends.
NOIZE also makes men’s puffer jackets, such as this gradient-effect reflective one. Just like the women’s jacket, it’s filled with a material made from recycled water bottles.
Apparis’ “PETA-Approved Vegan” coats are made with high-quality, animal-free materials, so you can feel good about wearing this python print one.
This 3-in-1 jacket can be worn as a regular puffer (with the bonus of a detachable hood) or turned inside out for a bomber jacket look—all with the same recycled insulation for maximum warmth.
For a lighter option, look to this soft cropped jacket with polyester padding. The fuzzy borg fabric is an animal-friendly alternative to shearling, which is the skin of a lamb with the wool still attached.
Bundle up in Hemp Tailor’s high-collared puffer jacket with an oversized hood. It’s filled with recycled material and lined with fabric made of hemp, a crop known for its sustainability.
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Hemp Tailor’s puffer for men makes a great winter staple, and it’s available in black, navy, and charcoal gray. The company strives to be better for the environment and animals, so its insulation is made from recycled bottles.
With a faux-fur hood and an expedition arm badge, this trendy jacket will make you feel ready to tackle Everest. Rock it with one of PETA’s #VeganFashion enamel pins to let others know your look didn’t come at the expense of animals (and maybe start a great discussion!).
This Superdry coat features an expedition patch and comes in five colors: navy, red, black, pine, and sulphur.
Water-resistant and designed for temperatures as low as -13 degrees, this jacket is great for cold, wet weather.
If you have down-filled or fur-trimmed outerwear in your closet, trade it in for a credit at Wuxly Movement through the Live Warm Trade Up Program. The company will donate your down-filled jacket or coat to a homeless shelter and send the fur to an animal rehabilitation center in Canada.
Daisy Street’s lightly padded jacket in a fun lilac astrology print will liven up your cold-weather wardrobe.
Grab this retro rainbow-striped puffer jacket that’s cropped for a flattering fit.
It’s cozy, soft, and vegan? You really can have it all with this jacket, which features animal-free polyester fleece material for extra warmth and comfort.
Cool street style meets function in this vintage-look puffer jacket with a contrasting color block design.
Corduroy is back, and it’s about time. This jacket features a plaid pattern, with large buttoned pockets and an adjustable hem. Plus, the corduroy fabric is cotton-based.
With the look of a denim jacket and the warmth of a puffer, this Rag & Bone selection is the best of both worlds.
Made of recycled fibers, Mango’s ultralight anorak is available in dark green, ink blue, and red.
If you’re looking for more ways to make your wardrobe more compassionate, explore our How to Wear Vegan page. After decking yourself out in your new down-free puffer, sign the Pledge to Be Down-Free and take a stand for animals by asking companies to stop using animal-derived materials.