As PETA pointed out, when we shop, we have the power through our purchases to reject speciesism (an oppressive belief system that allows humans to reduce other living, feeling beings to fur trim on a jacket, a pair of sneakers or a handbag) by choosing clothing and accessories made from vegan materials. A lot of clothing companies have adopted this philosophy and offer a wide range of fashion choices that are 100 per cent vegan. Check out these top vegan winter clothing brands and stay warm, plus ethically responsible, all season long. —Jennifer Cox
Noize’s Bonita Mid-Length Puffer ($182) is a mid-length midweight puffer with a relaxed fit and fixed hood. It’s made with a recycled filler and is water resistant, too—you can wear it during almost any season! It is also ideal for the most frigid of weather, shielding you from conditions up to -30 C/-22 F.
The Creemore Vest from Wuxly ($145) is designed with a high pile, ultra-soft fleece that is made of recycled polyester from post-consumer plastic bottles (give a point to Mother Nature!). A high zip-up collar will keep you warm and cozy on cold and windy days, and vertical welt pockets with snap closures keep your belongings secure. It’s completely vegan, to boot.
The Lisbon Vegan Leather Puffer Jacket from Matt & Nat ($141) has stylish good looks and is completely ethically sourced without the use of animal products. This dropped shoulder vegan-leather puffer jacket comes with a trendy belt, front snap closure, zippered pockets, removable hood and internal chest pocket for your personal belongings. The lining is also made of 100 per cent recycled polyester.
The Grinning Goat’s Jessica boots ($129) is an over-the-ankle flat boot made from vegan materials that don’t have lacing, so they are super easy to slip on and off. With a soft microfibre lining and shock-absorbing insole, they are also really comfy to wear.