10 Sustainable Jackets And Coats For Cooler Weather (2023)
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Whether we like it or not, winter is coming. That means it’s time to bundle up and keep warm throughout crisp mornings, cool evenings, and freezing nights. We’ve found a few brands whose coats will be your go-to, all season long. They use ethical and sustainable practices, are eco-friendly and responsibly sourced, and many give back to their communities.
No matter if you’re a city girl in NYC seeking protection 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. Why not pair these with some ethically-made boots, gloves, and sweaters while you’re at it?
Best For | Trenches
Size Range | XS–XL; up to US 24
Price Range | $168–$1595
Reformation knows about the harmful side effects of the textile and apparel industry—that’s why it’s opted instead to use only sustainable and natural fabrics for its fashionable apparel. The outerwear, whether trench, denim jacket, or blazer, is perfect for everyday on-the-go and after-work activities. Ref also tracks the environmental footprint of each piece, so you can see how much water and waste was saved along the way.
Best For | Outerwear for the outdoors
Size Range | XXS–XXL; up to US 22
Price Range | $89–$699
From responsibly sourcing sustainable and reclaimed materials to inspiring businesses nationwide to close its doors on Election Day, Patagonia has forged the path for ethical and sustainable practices everywhere. Its line of cold weather coats and jackets are ideal for those who like to spend their weekends camping, hiking, or enjoying Mother Nature. Our editors have taken the Nano Puff camping and hiking in alpine terrains, and—not surprisingly—it delivers on both the quality and warmth front.
Best For | Leather jackets
Size Range | XS—XL
Price Range | $150–$500
Quince’s collection of outerwear is durable, timeless, and sustainable. We love their classic 100% leather jackets that come in motorcycle, biker, trench and bomber styles, in a range of beautiful natural colors that will stand the test of time. The biodegradable leather is certified by the Leather Working Group, a non-profit promoting sustainable business practices through low energy & water usage, waste management, and the elimination of restricted substances.
4. Girlfriend Collective
Best For | Puffers and fleeces
Size Range | XXS–6XL
Price Range | $98—$298
Girlfriend Collective is our go-to for size inclusive sustainable clothing, and their outerwear options are no exception. From cozy fleece jackes to puffers made from recycled plastic bottles (even the filling!) you can stay toasty all winter long. We love that their puffers come in packable light weights or a more heavy duty option, and in short, midi, and full lengths for whatever our preference. You can even get a recycled vest!
Best For | Classic silhouettes
Size Range | XXS–XXL; up to US 16
Price Range | $145–$850
The idea behind Sézane is to create “perfectly-cut pieces that can be worn forever.” By working with its long-standing partner ateliers in India, Portugal, Italy, and more, Sézane can promise expert hand-embroidery, silk production, and quality leather across its pieces. The outerwear offerings include trench and hooded coats, plus suit and biker jackets that are either tailored to a T or oversized to make a statement—the choice is yours.
Best For | Weatherproof outerwear
Size Range | XS–L; up to US 14
Price Range | $200–$375
Founded in Portland more than 10 years ago, Nau knows a thing or two about thriving in cold, rainy weather. Its beliefs stem from creating better products using high-quality materials, like 100 percent organic cotton, recycled down, hemp, responsibly sourced wool, and more. These gorgeously designed coats and jackets are as fashionable as they are functional—made to be form-fitting and weather resistant.
Best For | Waterproof outerwear
Size Range | S–L; up to US 16
Price Range | £120–£210
Thought’s values focus around being thoughtful (get it?) and intentional through every part of the design and production process, including using only sustainable and natural fabrics. Hailing from London, its line of ethical coats and jackets made from organic cotton or recycled polyester will keep you warm and dry. Many come with protective hoods, pockets, and weather-proof materials. Plus, you’ll receive your order in plastic-free shipping.
Best For | Puffer coats, rain jackets, parkas
Size Range | XS–XL
Price Range | $88–$328
Looking for a warm and puffy coat you can wear throughout the coldest winters? How about a three-season jacket that you can layer and transition from fall to winter to spring? Look no further than tentree, a certified B corp creating durable outerwear made from the most sustainable fabrics and eco-friendly tech. All tentree jackets and coats are made with materials from Bluesign® certified facilities, which are held to the highest standards of safety, environmental impact and responsible resource use. Best of all, as the name suggests, tentree plants 10 trees for each garment purchased and has a goal of planting one billion trees by 2030. How’s that for a meaningful purchase.
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Best For | Textured & patterned coats
Size Range | XS–XL; up to US 22
Price Range | $120–$460
Whether you’re looking for a timeless trench coat or a buttoned blazer, Boden’s selections can help you confront any weather. The London company is committed to using responsibly sourced fabrics throughout its factories around the world, like tweed from the UK, denim from Istanbul, or jersey from Portugal. And to keep its clothing out of landfills and in your closet, Boden hosts hours-long trials and conducts garment assessments to ensure their longevity.
Best For | Plaid jackets
Size Range | XS–XL; up to US 16
Price Range | $248–$428
Outerknown is a casual, California-based brand founded by renowned surfer Kelly Slater and designer John Moore. Using eco-friendly practices and sustainably sourced materials—like recycled fishing nets and organic cotton—this brand carefully crafts adult clothing, including outerwear. For cooler days and brisk temperatures, we recommend the snuggly shirt jackets. And for the coldest days? We love the warm puffers!
Featured image from Reformation