Stella slammed into the Northeast this week, bringing with it a ton of snow and blustery cold weather. I know it is almost Spring, but this is the best time of year to find sales on winter items. I was inspired to write this one, because it seems, yet again, a style trend is contributing to the immense suffering of animals. I saw Canada Goose jackets everywhere when I was in NY for break and it breaks my heart to think of all of the geese and coyote’s that were harmed in the process of making those coats (and lets be honest they aren’t even cute coats!). Here is a short video about down industry for those unfamiliar with the cruelty involved in making down-filled comforters and jackets.
Luckily, there are plenty of amazing cruelty-free alternatives on the market now.
I love this option from Patagonia.
I also love this Parka from Wully Outerwear. All of their products are cruelty-free and they donate a portion of each sale to the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals.
If you prefer a long coat, this best seller from Vaute is a great choice. And it’s currently on sale.
It’s tough to find vegan winter boots…I love these light weight, cozy boots from Native.
Native is attempting to address their ecological impact by utilizing a unique, low-emission manufacturing process. In addition, their foam-injection molding process produces low waste, which is a plus. And again, their shoes contain no animal by-products (which, is a must for me).
Along with skipping the down coats, I hope you will also consider avoiding wool hats and leather gloves. I never worn wool, even when I wasn’t vegan, because that itchiness was always super uncomfortable. You can get warmth, minus the itch, with this Power Town Beanie from Patagonia.
And these fleece gloves will keep your fingers toasty.
Stay warm (and kind) my friends. XO, Meg