Bundle up in 21 Responsibly Made Puffer Jackets

It’s official: winter is here, so you may want to get your outerwear in order. If you’re looking to add one winter jacket to your wardrobe this season, a puffer coat makes a great choice. 

Usually, puffers lean more towards the practical end of the spectrum and wool coats, trenches, and capes are more what we think of when we think of stylish, layered winter outerwear. But puffers have gotten a luxe makeover and the list of responsibly made puffer jackets continues to grow.

Gone are the days when we would only reach for these warm puffer jackets and parkas only out of necessity –think outdoor sports or extremely frosty days. As of 2021, they are a fixture of many coveted closets of IT girls and celebs alike. So, it really is the best time to invest in an ethical jacket that is super cozy too!

Below, 21 puffer coats from 7 No Kill-approved brands, who create clothes with minimized environmental impact and great ethical practices. From knee-length to cropped, matte neutrals to rich saturated colors and interesting finishes, there is a puffer coat for everyone.

Arcteryx

arcteryx responsibly made womens puffer jackets

“The most sustainable purchase is no purchase” writes Arcteryx’s product philosophy. The best purchase, according to the performance clothing company? Buy used gear. “If you are going to purchase something new, we want to provide the best option – quality that will perform, season after season, with a line-up of willing users once your relationship with that garment comes to an end.”

Atom AR Hoody
Resilient Coreloft™ synthetic insulation is mapped for optimal thermal performance
Permeair™ 20 underarm improves breathability.
Light, durable and wind resistant Tyono™ 30 has a dura coating for increased longevity 

Andra Down Sustainable Jacket 
Down Composite Mapping™ uses 750 fill down for premium warmth plus strategic use of synthetic insulation in moisture heavy areas
Waterproof, windproof, breathable P75d 2L GORE-TEX is supple, quiet, and comfort

Sentinel IS Jacket
Knit lining in the body gives additional warmth and comfort
Strong yet supple N80p 2L GORE-TEX fabric gives breathable weather protection
Warm, resilient Coreloft™ synthetic insulation provides thermal performance and retains loft


Nau

Nau Unisex puffer jackets

Nau is the first sustainable performance wear brand. Offering everything from loungewear made of waxed cotton to winter coats from 100% down, Nau keeps true to its promise of bridging the gap between innovative biodesign and performance clothing. Their clothes are made to last a lifetime, so you’ll surely find the best timeless styles here. Check out their responsibly made puffer jackets below.

Division Re:Down Ethical Jacket
The Division Jacket is designed with 100% recycled nylon and insulated with Re:Down®. This oversize quilted coat features a high collar, two hand pockets, and an adjustable waist

Unisex Breckside Re:Down Jacket
Corduroy is the standout fabric for the Breckside Re:Down® Jacket. This unisex oversize fit coat will leave plenty of room to layer in the coldest months. Made with organic cotton and insulated with recycled down and feather this is an eco-friendly puffy for everyone.

Unisex Essential Hooded Re:Down Jacket
A jacket for everyone. Insulated with 100% Re:Down®, the Essential Hooded Jacket features an oversized comfort fit. Internal ribbed cuffs keep from warmth escaping while two hand pockets and an adjustable hood keep the rest of your body warm.


Frank And Oak

Frank + Oak winter jackets and Coats

Frank and Oak creates clothes that are aligned with its three core values: sustainability, transparency, and functionality. Inspired by Canadian daily lifestyles, the brand makes high-quality clothes that last. If you live in Canada, you can have your Frank and Oak’s clothes recollected and donated to trusted grassroots nonprofits in its initiative “Let’s give a shi(r)t”. The brand even sets a goal of completely removing virgin plastic from its supply chain in 2022.

The Hygge Puffer Coat
Shell and lining made from 100% recycled polyester. Semi-matte finish. 20K/20K breathability for dynamic winter activities. DWR water repellent. Featherless Primaloft™ PowerPlume® insulation.

The Mesa Short Puffer Coat
The boxy puffer you’re looking for. Features 20K/20K breathability for dynamic winter activities. DWR water repellent. Shell and lining made from 100% recycled polyester. Featherless Primaloft™ PowerPlume® insulation. Elastic cuffs to prevent the cold air from coming in. Packable hood. Side pockets with snap buttons. Inside pocket for storage.Shell and lining made from 100% recycled polyester. Featherless Primaloft™ PowerPlume® insulation. Elastic cuffs to prevent the cold air from coming in.

The Performance Capital Coat
Shell and lining made from 100% recycled polyester. Featherless Primaloft™ PowerPlume® insulation. Inside neoprene collar. Jersey extension with thumb hole. Inside media pocket with hole for earphones.


Ecoalf

ecoalf-lenox-marangu coat sarrau jacke

ECOALF became the first fashion company from Spain to receive a certificate as a B Corporation in as early as 2018. The B Corp certificate is a prestigious third-party verification that rigorously measures a company’s sustainability level far beyond the product level, and up till now only 18 fashion companies are on the certified list. Ecoalf’s winter jackets, cut in a simple timeless silhouette with neutral colors to compliment, are as fashionable as they are functional. And if you’re eyeing an Ecoalf product but decide to wait for a discount this Black Friday, you’d better save time and go for it now. Promotional campaigns are not a thing in the Ecoalf system, for the company asserts its stand against impulse buying that generates excessive waste. 

Lenox Long Woman Responsibly made puffer jacket
Main fabric: 100% Recycled polyester 
Lining: 100% Recycled polyester
Fill: 100% Polyester (Fellex®)
This item contains bluesign® APPROVED fabrics, PFC-free, Vegan

Marangu Coat
Main fabric: 100% Recycled polyester
Lining: 100% Recycled polyester
Fill: 100% Recycled polyester –Primaloft®
This item contains bluesign® APPROVED fabrics, PFC-free, Vegan

Sarrau Jacket
Main fabric: 55% Hemp / 45% Organic cotton
Lining: 100% Recycled polyester
Fill: 100% Recycled polyester (Fellex®)
This item contains bluesign® APPROVED fabrics, PFC-free, Vegan


Pangaia

Pangaia FLWRDWN jackets

A favorite of No Kill Mag, Pangaia offers supple, comfortable clothings that magically fit right in the intersection between athleisure, performance wear and loungewear. Its iconic feature that no other brand can emulate? A vivid array of rich to irisdescent shades for you to choose your favorite monochromatic set from, or in this case, a perfect all-occasion, trademarked FLWRDWN™️ puffer jacket.   

Women’s FLWRDWN Cropped Reversible Jacket
This Cropped Jacket is the future of warmth and made from FLWRDWN™, a breathable and lightweight down material made from flowers, not feathers. The design is reversible with a lightweight recycled nylon interior that creates two cozy looks in one. FLWRDWN™ is a cruelty-free alternative to goose and duck down made from natural, dried wildflowers. It’s taken over 10 years to develop this breakthrough plant-based, animal-free and resource-efficient material which makes you feel warm.

FLWRDWN Short Reversible Jacket

FLWRDWN Long Coat


Outerknown

outerknown puffer jackets

Founded by Californian surfer Kelly Slater in 2015, Outerknown started out as a brand with surf trunks made entirely from recycled or renewable fibers, most notably its trademarked ECONYL fiber that turned fishing nets into clothings. The company’s initial success parlayed into its first production of jeans using organic cotton, and then its first women’s ready-to-wear collection in 2019. Though based in sunny West Coast, the brand does offer responsibly made puffer jackets in casual styles that will keep you warm from the NYC chill, at a very affordable price.

Women’s Outerknown Puffer
Shell: 100% recycled polyester with DWR. Fill: 100% RDS-certified duck down.

The Responsible Down Standard safeguards the welfare of geese and ducks that provide down and feathers for our clothes. Recycled polyester is created by taking raw material waste, like plastic bottles, and transforming it into a premium polyester fiber.

Honeycomb Quilted Jacket
100% organic cotton shell. 100% polyester fill. Conventional cotton accounts for 25% of the world’s pesticide use. We choose organic because it keeps chemicals out of nature and requires 90% less water to grow.

Women’s Chromatic Puffer
Shell: 100% recycled polyester with PFOA-free DWR. Fill: 100% RDS-certified grey duck down.

The Responsible Down Standard safeguards the welfare of geese and ducks that provide down and feathers for our clothes. Our recycled polyester is made from post-consumer waste, like plastic water bottles, reducing CO2 emissions and keeping a valuable material in circulation.


Patagonia Worn Wear

Nothing feels better than bundling up in clothes that keep you warm and cut down on consumption at the same time. Enter Patagonia Worn Wear, the internal hub where you can get used Patagonia gear, and get trade-in credits, all with the company’s repair and care service. Here, you can find a diverse array of puffer jackets coming in different shapes and sizes.

Say goodbye to the Zara puffer that you see on 3 people within the same day – here you get some of the best made winter jackets secondhand. This saves you money and saves these from heading to the landfill. Patagonia refurbishes and refreshes each jacket as needed before reselling. And when you’re done with it you can send it in for store credit towards a new one! (note: there’s only one of each–but don’t worry if these are sold out there will be plenty more for you to check out)

Women’s Silent Down Jacket
Shell and lining: 2.2-oz 100% polyester (70% recycled) taffeta with mechanical stretch and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Insulation: 700-fill-power 100% Recycled Down (duck and goose down reclaimed from down products). Shell and lining fabric is certified as bluesign® approved

Women’s Insulated Powder Bowl Jacket

Women’s Tres Jacket


–Jacqueline Pham