Looking for down-free jackets? You’re not alone. Cruelty can be found in every stitch of down-stuffed jackets sold by brands owned by Urban Outfitters, Inc., including Anthropologie, Free People, and Urban Outfitters. Birds used for their down feathers are inevitably sent to the slaughterhouse, where standard practice is to hang them upside down, stun them, and then slit their throats—often while they’re still conscious. Thankfully, many companies are using high-tech vegan materials that are better for both birds and the environment. For instance, after hearing from PETA, Spanish retailer Ecoalf pledged to go completely feather-free, including by ditching down, in all its designs by 2020. Ecoalf is one of many businesses working to prevent animals from having their feathers stolen so that they can be stuffed into coats.
Here are our top down-free jackets to keep you cozy and feather-free:
PETA Business Friend NOIZE is best known for its overcoats. Its products are high-quality, warm, fashionable, and—best of all—completely vegan. This quilted coat features a “sweetheart-shaped” hood with luxurious faux-fur trim and is filled with 100 percent cozy polyester insulation. We’ve teamed up with NOIZE to offer an exclusive 20 percent discount through the company’s website when you use coupon code PETA.© NOIZE
You know it’s gotta be good if superstar Halle Berry is wearing it! This long quilted coat features a soft, glossy finish that will help you stand out from the crowd. It’s stuffed with Save the Duck’s Plumtech padding, which is 100% animal-free.
Harper Coats is a fashion-focused vegan lifestyle brand specializing in outerwear. The iconic Brunch Puffer offers a clean design and smart fit that sits right at the hip, making it the perfect complement to yoga pants, jeans, or even a midi dress. Whether you’re running errands or running late to brunch, The Brunch Puffer will have you looking stylish and feeling cozy.
Wuxly Movement boasts that, thanks to its use of vegan fabrics, it has saved over 19,000 animals from being killed for their skin. The animal-free outerwear company even offers a “trade-up” program in which potential shoppers can trade in fur-trimmed or down-filled jackets for a credit toward a Wuxly parka. Thankfully, its animal-free jackets will keep you both warm and stylish. Rated for temperatures as low as -22 degrees, this parka has climate-control back straps built in for sudden temperature changes. Use the discount code LIVEWARMPETA for 10% off Wuxly Elk Parkas and Doe Parkas. © Wuxly Movement
This jacket, made from a high-performance technical fabric, is designed to insulate and absorb humidity while still providing wind protection and allowing freedom of movement. Find more options for both men and women at Save the Duck’s online store.
Throw this over a hoodie, and tighten the drawstring at the waist to slim the jacket to your fit. Zip up, button up, and secure your items in the six front pockets—or use the inner pocket for added protection. Available in “army” or “super dark navy,” the drawstring and cuffs provide the color contrast that you need to finish your look.
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Simple and stylish, Helly Hansen’s high-loft, synthetically insulated parka will keep you cozy and dry on your urban exploring adventures. The Blume features a detachable faux-fur hood and a durable waterproof fabric that can stand up to dreary, rainy days.
Easy on the eye but hard on the cold, this coat features PrimaLoft insulation and a sturdy outer fabric that’s wind- and waterproof. Sport a solid style without compromising on functionality by donning this parka whenever the temperature dips.
The North Face’s patented ThermoBall insulation consists of clusters of synthetic balls, which achieve exceptional warmth in cold and wet weather. The jacket is great for travel, because it compresses and packs easily.
Marmot’s NanoPro is a recycled nylon fabric that’s waterproof, breathable, and sweat-wicking, making it a great outer layer for all your outdoor winter activities.
A trusted brand among the most seasoned outdoor explorers, Black Diamond never disappoints when it comes to winter-weather gear. The Sharp End is made from synthetic nylon and is built for year-round use in alpine conditions. Its Gore-Tex shell is waterproof, breathable, and extremely sturdy. And you can rest easy, knowing that the Sharp End is backed with a lifetime warranty.
This coat’s breathable WeatherEdge shell will protect you from wind and moisture, while a detachable liner of ThermaFill insulation will keep you warm. It’s available in an array of fancifully named colors: Atlantic, cinder, classic black, eggplant, and putty.
Stay warm on the go with this packable puffer coat, stuffed with synthetic fill that will keep the cold out.
Down-free jackets are just the tip of the iceberg. Discover more vegan clothes!
Need more ideas? Learn more about the innovative materials taking the place of wool and down today. Also, see our How to Wear Vegan guide for more on the ins and outs of compassionate shopping. Ever more savvy, conscientious consumers are actively choosing to support forward-thinking brands championing the sustainable vegan fashion revolution. Join us!