It’s time to ditch the down jacket and find a synthetic alternative that will keep you warm. With ethical and ecological issues so prevalent in today’s society, we are running out of excuses to justify wearing goose or duck feathers in our coats.
Unfortunately, the price is nowhere near as affordable as it needs to be to convert the average fashion consumer from unethical practices into a modern and sustainable alternative. Until you are ready to fork out a hefty price for the environment, you can browse the selection of brands I have curated that are leading the charge of innovative down alternatives.
Here are the best synthetic down jackets.
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Embadasy’s mission is to take a stand against the appaling practices in today’s fashion industry without compromising the quality and longevity of garments. Therefore, the down is substituted for” E100 No Down” filling made from recycled post-consumer PET.
Inspired by the 90s, the Brevik jacket has cuffed sleeves, a fixed hood and comes in three colours.
PANGAIA has trademarked FLWRDWN™, a cruelty-free alternative to goose or down feathers. The innovative down solution uses dried flowers, yes dried flowers, to pad out the interior. The technique has been perfected over ten years, giving you the warmth that you come to rely on in a puffer jacket.
The style from Pangaia features a drawstring hood and a drawstring hem to keep you insulated. The main selling point is the reversibility for a handy two in one look.
For insulation, Finisterre relies on recycled ocean plastic certified by the Global Recycled Standard, to ensure the legitimacy of the material. In addition, their range of synthetic down alternatives offers affordability that makes the brand more accessible than their competitors.
The Nebulus jacket is waterproof, windproof and breathable and comes in a range of colours.
You can rely on Manastash to provide functional outdoor outerwear made from sustainable fabrics. Thir range of synthetic down utilises the M Thinsulate Isolant 700 synthetic down to keep the wearer warm.
The Monster version two has been designed for the harshest winter months. Inside, you can find shoulder straps, large internal mesh pockets. In addition, the jacket is water-resistant with a detachable hood.
Parra has only one puffer style in the their autumn-winter collection, which uses synthetic down 3M Thinsulate featherless insulation filling.
Made from ripstop nylon, the gem stone puffer doesn’t have many unique features, except a bold signature, colourful lining. What more do you need?
What are some of your favourite synthetic down jackets?