Since I'll be walking 20 minutes to and from the ferry each day again in December, I need to dress warmly. Unfortunately my winter casual doesn't usually include pencil skirts and funky tights for this reason.
Fortunately, the Haligonian winters tend to only start in January.... which potentially means some money saving time to invest in a long lasting, environmentally friendly and fabulous looking coat. Since my last winter jacket was purchased over three years ago, I know I'm not hard on my jackets. They should last years.
Looking into purchasing an environmentally friendly, warm and affordable jacket can get complicated. Many companies may have recycled aspects to their jackets, however most are 'water resistent' or 'water proof'. In order to get them this way, the companies have to spray and treat them with a 'durable water-repellent finish' (DWR) which are typically made with PFOA- the scary non-stick chemical that is polluting people and water globally.
Companies like Patagonia have some recycled polyester options, but the jackets are coated with H2No waterproof coating.... which most likely contains PFOAs. Also, it's very important to read the fine print when considering winter jackets- for example vegans should consider that many jackets are 'European Goose Down' filled (Like the Tres Parka) and not all jackets have recycled polyester.
Aritzia has some neat hemp jackets. However it would appear to be only their 'community' line and there isn't any product information beyond that there is some hemp in the jacket.
My favourite option if I had a winter jacket faery OR unlimited funds would be a Hoodlamb coat. These long and short coats are BEAUTIFUL. Unfortunately they are also about 500$ Canadian (saving my pennies!). The long jacket outershell is made from hemp and organic cotton, inner lining cruelty-free fur, hemp, recycled PET and acryl. Outer shell is actually treated with eco-friendly 'hemp organic cellulose' treatment. The short jacket doesn't appear to have this fabulous eco-friendly coating.
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Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations'What about you dear reader? Have any non-PFOA, vegan and eco-friendly coat options?
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