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5 Options for Buying A Jacket Good for You and the Planet

You would have to be living under a rock not to be aware of Sustainable Fashion. At least as a term. It was one of the top searches on Google last year which means that either people are interested in it or confused by it…or maybe a bit of both! We’re not 311 but we are here to help (though if it’s an emergency call 911. Or mom.)

Every year 85% of textiles produced ends up in landfills. Clothing. Shoes. Gear. Wasted, without a second thought. But it doesn’t have to be this way. More and more companies are shifting away from a traditional, linear model to a circular model where they allow customers to send back their old items to be repaired and resold – which keeps them out of landfills and in the value chain. And for those who need to buy something it let’s you buy something at a fraction of the cost from brands you trust, and backed with return policies.

Keeping clothing in use just nine extra months can reduce the related carbon, water and waste footprints by 20-30%

Many of the companies who have begun taking back and reselling their items are known for their outerwear –which makes sense since outerwear has to be well made to survive the elements…and even though it doesn’t always feel like it, winter can be really cold! So we’re giving you a rundown of where you can score a great winter jacket that’s (almost) as good as new.


The North Face Renewed

the north face renewed parka secondhand

The North Face is a brand known and loved equally by those who go up mountains and those who go down into subways. They are an environmentally aware brand that allows customers to recycle ANY apparel and footwear at their stores and earn a $10 reward toward your next purchase.

  • They sell men’s women’s and kid’s clothing which you can sort by gender or series
  • Product details along with the original price and the current condition is listed.
  • They offer a one year warranty.

Worn Wear by Patagonia

worn wear by patagonia

Patagonia is well known for their commitment to the planet and so it makes sense that they are one of the first companies who began this practice and has some of the largest inventory.

  • You can send in your old Patagonia gear for store credit that can be used at their retail stores, online regular or at WornWear.com.
  • They sell men’s women’s, kid’s and outdoor gear
  • They sell both used items that have been cleaned and refurbished as well as special “recrafted” which are clothes made from other clothes.
  • Product details along with what year/season the items are from is listed on the page.
  • Ethically sourced down jackets can be found for 50% off the regular price

Regear: ARC’TERYX Used Apparel and Gear

Arc'teryx jacket second hand

Arc’teryx is a Canadian outdoor high-end sporting goods company. Founded in North Vancouver it’s known for skiing and rock climbing gear that will keep you warm and protected. Which is safe to say that it will keep you warm on the mean streets of Brooklyn as well!

  • You can send in specific Arc’teryx items for a gift card that can be used in store or online.
  • They sell men’s women’s and outdoor gear
  • Product details along with what year/season the items are from is listed on the page.
  • Many items can be found for 50% off the regular price

REI Re/Supply

columbia second hand jacket

REI stands for Recreational Equipment INC and was founded by rock climbers in 1938. It’s unique in that it’s actually a member-owned co-operative and more than 70 percent of their annual profits are invested back into the outdoor community through dividends to REI members, employee profit-sharing and retirement, and investments in nonprofits dedicated to the outdoors.

  • They carry their own brand as well as other top brands including Marmot, Merrell, Prana and North Face. This means you can also trade in various brands as well.
  • They sell men’s women’s kid’s and outdoor gear –including winter boots.
  • Product details along with what year/season the items are from is listed on the page along with the original price.

Carhartt Reworked

second hand warm jacket from carhartt

Carhartt is the original workwear brand. Their clothes are built to last. At Carhartt, they stand behind the quality, craftsmanship, and performance of every product they make. If one of their products should fail to meet their expectations, they’ll work to make it right through repair, replacement, or credit. They also are committed to global responsibility.

  • They sell a lot of various work gear along with jackets
  • Trade in at their stores for 25% of original retail price

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