9 Ethical & Sustainable Winter Coats That Will Keep The Chill Away All Season Long

Fair Trade Winter Coats & Jackets

Winter is coming—actually, it might even be here. And that means it’s time to bundle up and keep warm throughout crisp mornings, cool evenings, and nearly freezing nights. We’ve found 9 brands whose ethical winter coats will be your go-to all season long. They use ethical and sustainable practices (including using recycled down), are eco-friendly and responsibly-sourced, and many give back to their own communities.

Whether you’re a city girl in NYC looking for a coat that’ll keep you protected against those windy mornings, or a Seattleite who needs to stay dry, or maybe someone in between who wants to layer on up, we’ve found something for each of you.


1. Patagonia

Based In | Ventura, CA
Ethics | Ethically-made, responsibly-sourced, eco-friendly, gives back
Best For | Winter coats for hiking and skiing
Product Range | Parkas, hoodies, sweaters, jackets, vests
Price Range | $79 (fleece pullover) – $899 (down parka)

Since the 1950’s, Patagonia has been a leader in ethical winter and outdoor wear with a mission to create quality products sustainably and ethically. They live true to their mission every day: from responsibly sourcing eco-friendly and reclaimed materials, to inspiring businesses nationwide to close their doors on Election Day, Patagonia has forged the path for ethical & sustainable practices everywhere. Their line of winter coats and jackets are ideal for those who like to spend their weekends camping, hiking, or enjoying Mother Nature. Whether you need a rain jacket, an insulated parka that uses reclaimed goose and duck down, or a warm pullover for chilly nights, their high-quality line will be part of your closet for years to come.

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2. United By Blue

Based In | Philadelphia, PA
Ethics | Responsibly-sourced, ethically-made, eco-friendly, gives back, B Corp
Best For | Warm coats for travel
Product Range | Raincoats, vests, jackets, coats
Price Range | $128 (rain shell) – $378 (sport jacket)

If you’re often on the go or someone who cares about the world’s oceans (or maybe both!), United By Blue is going to be your new favorite outerwear line. For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways around the world—to date, they’ve removed nearly 1.5 million pounds of trash from creeks, rivers, beaches, and streams. They’re mindful in their sourcing, too, using reclaimed bison fibers, organic cotton, and recycled polyester whenever possible. We recommend their jackets for travelers who want light but durable protection from the colder weather that’s easy to pack and works across versatile environments. Fits like a flattering flannel, but keeps you warm like a heavy down coat—the best of both worlds.

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3. Everlane

Based In | San Francisco, CA
Ethics | Ethically-made, eco-friendly
Best For | Winter puffer coats
Product Range | Puffers, jackets, blazers, coats, trenches
Price Range | $78 (Modern Utility Jacket) – $250 (Cocoon Jacket)

Everlane’s line of ethical outerwear proves exactly why they’re beloved by customers and activists alike: their jackets and coats are made ethically in factories all around the world from Bac Giang in Vietnam to Suzhou, China. Plus they offer sustainable and eco-friendly options, like their puffer jackets made entirely from 100% recycled plastic, fabric, and Primaloft insulation. If you’re a fan of less quantity, more quality at affordable price points, you’ll appreciate Everlane’s wide range of warm puffers, trenches, cozy coats, and denim jackets; no matter where you live, there’s something that will be in your capsule wardrobe for years to come.

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4. Nau

Based In | Santa Rosa, CA + Portland, OR
Ethics | Responsibly-sourced, eco-friendly, gives back
Best For | Coats made from recycled materials
Product Range | Jackets, trenches, vests, down coats
Price Range | $130 (jean jacket) – $350 (down trench)

Founded in Portland more than 10 years ago, the team at Nau knows a thing or two about thriving in cold, rainy weather. Their beliefs stem from creating better products using high-quality materials, like 100% organic cotton 100% recycled polyester, recycled down, hemp, responsibly-sourced wool, and more. In turn, they’ve crafted gorgeously-designed coats and jackets that are as fashionable as they are functional. Made to be form-fitting and weather resistant, these are cozy and warm without the bulk and include small stylish touches like an off-center zipper or plenty of pockets.

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5. Monsoon London

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | Ethically-made, sustainably-sourced, eco-friendly, gives back
Best For | Dressy winter coats
Product Range | Coats, “Coatigans”, jackets, parkas, vests
Price Range | $70 (denim jacket) – $255 (maxi coat)

Monsoon London was made to stand out, and their ethical winter coats are no exception. Started in 1973, Monsoon London has championed ethical and sustainable practices since the beginning: from supporting artisans in India to becoming a member of the Green Action Programme committed to saving energy wherever possible. Today, their bold and whimsical prints are fan favorites that always steal the show. They’ve got tailored wool coats, padded vintage-style jackets, neutrals for any type of weather, and lighter layers for warmer climates. Our favorite? This double-breasted cape that will keep you warm and the center of attention no matter where you are. (And yes, they do ship internationally!)

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6. Karen Kane

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Ethically-made, made in USA
Best For | Elegant jackets for layering
Product Range | Jackets, coats, blazers, vests
Price Range | $65 (cargo jacket) - $288 (faux fur coat)

For almost 40 years, Karen Kane has crafted apparel inspired by California living, including their outerwear. Using high-quality imported materials, all of their product lines are designed, cut, and sewn by hand in the USA. Karen Kane upholds standards that include fair wages, safe working conditions, and eco-friendly practices to ensure the least harm possible in a predominantly toxic and dangerous industry. So if you’re a fan of the fur look, we’ve got good news: their faux-fur coats are made entirely with polyester, which means no animals were harmed in the process. With plush faux-fur, deep pockets, and a range of soft colors, we can see you rocking this in the coldest of temps.

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7. Thought

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | Ethically-made, sustainably-sourced, eco-friendly
Best For | Water-resistant raincoats
Product Range | Jackets, coats, raincoats, trenches, anoraks
Price Range | £29 (hemp jacket) – £150 (cardigan coat)

Thought’s values focus around being thoughtful (get it?) and intentional through every part of the design and production process, including using only slow shipping and sustainable and natural fabrics. Hailing from London, they know exactly what you can wrap up in to stay warm and dry with their line of ethical winter coats and jackets made from organic cotton or recycled polyester. Most come with protective hoods, pockets, and weather-proof materials, so even if the rain, rain doesn’t go away, you’ll still stay dry. And they’ve thought about storage and packing too: many of their anoraks and raincoats can simply fold up into its own bag when not in use.

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8. Reformation

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Ethically-made, sustainably-sourced, eco-friendly
Best For | On-trend winter coats
Product Range | Pullovers, jackets, blazers, coats
Price Range | $148 (jacket) – $498 (leather jacket)

Reformation knows about the harmful side effects of the textile and apparel industry—that’s why they’ve opted instead to use only sustainable and natural fabrics and fibers for their urban, modern, and sleek apparel. With every product they sell, they track their environmental footprint and you can see for yourself how spending your dollars with them is a smart decision to make. Sustainably made in China, their ethical winter coats are perfect for the urban woman who walks numerous city blocks from meeting to meeting, or the one who needs a seamless transition from work to after-work. We are mildly obsessed with the Barton Coat, a camel coat with a feminine silhouette. Sign us up for these winter coats—and everything else they design, too.

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9. EILEEN FISHER

Based In | New York, NY
Ethics | Ethically-made, sustainably-sourced, eco-friendly, gives back, B Corp
Best For | Winter coats for work
Product Range | Jackets, coats, vests, blazers
Price Range | $99 (cotton jacket) - $898 (Moto coat)

Made for the modern working woman, EILEEN FISHER’s coats are as flattering and form-fitting as can be with dolman ¾ sleeves and tie-closure belts. They’re all also sustainable, eco-friendly, and ethically made. Yes, every single one—whether you’re looking at their wool coat that’s responsibly processed without chlorine, or the hooded puffer with recycled polyester down, every part of EILEEN FISHER is as ethical and sustainable as possible. So while it has a slightly higher price tag than the rest, it’s a valuable and timeless investment in your own wardrobe, people, and the planet.

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