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Ready to brace the colder months or about to take a trip to a snowy wonderland? We’ve rounded up our favourite sustainable puffer jackets for this season and many to come.
The particulars of responsible puffers
Whether for active outdoor pursuits or purely aesthetic purposes, the fabled puffer jacket is a go-to staple of choice for many in the colder months. Where a conventional puffer from the high-street is likely made with fossil fuel plastic-based PVC and filled with virgin polyester or cruelly acquired duck down feather, more sustainable puffer jackets can use a mix of recycled and recyclable PET plastic, organic cotton, plant-based fillings, and more.
While recycled PET plastic isn’t a perfect solution, it saves waste from landfill and keeps it in circulation for longer. Recycled PET plastic is better than virgin polyester but still choose recycled PET plastic garments selectively, prioritising longevity over a quick spend. When purchasing a recycled PET plastic garment, check if the brand offers a repair program for after use. Also, wash less often, but when you must, use a garment bag or guppy bag to mitigate the inevitable microplastics release.
We love the recycled and recyclable jackets from Houdini (Sweden), the fully reversible men’s puffers from Outerknown (US), and the stylish recycled plastic bottle coats from Culthread (UK). Resembling a cosy human marshmallow never felt so good.