Say it with me now: Don’t buy down! »
Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!
I’ve been waiting for a good anti-down video to come out and PETA has just released one (warning: it’s a bit graphic). I feel like omnis never think about down when it’s actually totally awful. I didn’t even know about the foie gras connection. And down is totally unnecessary in these modern times! There are super-alternatives!
So spread the word: don’t buy down!
Trade your down for coconuts! »
[The Insular Jacket from Nau—it’s filled with Cocona!]
I saw this on Ecouterre and it’s pretty awesome. This jacket is insulated with Cocona, an insulation made from discarded coconut husks!:
n 1 a: Trademarked name for a lightweight, breathable fiber derived from coconut-husk waste discarded by the food-service industry. b: Reduced to charcoal, combined with recycled polyester, and spun to maximize its surface area for warmth retention and moisture wicking. c: Said to resist odors better than traditional polyester fill. 2: Used in Nau’s insular jacket, a two-layer, sealed-seam shell with a helmet-compatible hood that the Portland clothier describes as “made for the mountain.”
Totally rad. Down is the worst. Geese are plucked live on some farms because it yields more down (if you kill them first, you only get one batch of feathers). And as the video linked above shows, it’s virtually impossible to be sure the down you are buying doesn’t come from live-plucking. So how about an environmentally friendly, cruelty-free alternative! Huzzah!
Women’s winter coat round-up! Stay down-free without freezing! »
Good lord, I totally forgot about snow! That shiz is COLD! My peacoat was fine in SF but New York is going to require some serious GEAR. Plus I know you SF bitches go skiing and whatnot—suit up with my women’s winter coat round-up! Totally DOWN-free. Why? Let’s ask the World Society for the Protection of Animals:
[…] [M]illions of birds are plucked alive every year in Europe alone. The figure is even higher in China, the world’s largest producer of down and other feathers. China exports to a number of European countries where the down is used in duvets, pillows and jackets. Regardless of the origin of the feathers, the consequences for the geese are clear: they are tormented and badly stressed during the plucking process.
That’s right dudes, they pluck them LIVE. Holy crap.
On to the beautiful coats!
First up, this lovely Patagonia number, the women’s Rubicon Rider jacket.
Check it: “Insulated with lightweight, compressible 150-g Thermogreen® polyester (90 percent recycled) that stays warm even when wet”—sounds good! I like this one because it’s modern but it kind of has a ’70s, Three’s Company vibe. Especially in the red.
Next, a nice faux-fur hooded parka!
The Berghaus Mid Insulated Parka is also filled with polyester. I like faux-fur and I like how brownish faux-fur looks with the black coat. Also, this looks warm!
Next, from North Face, we have the Whitby jacket.
Another “eco” insulated jacket! See? Once again, we vegans are better for the environment! Huzzah!
Now from Marmot, we have the women’s Zurich jacket.
On the super-high-end vegan side, here’s the Airs from Vaute Couture.
Another coat with environmentally friendly insulation! Unfortunately, there are only a few sizes left in this design, but they say they are making more so keep an eye out. It’s pretty fly. Comes in hot pink too for you daring girls! What’s that? I can’t hear you over how loud your coat is!
Finally, a nice Patagonia vest.
The Kitlope shell is 100 percent recycled polyester. Booyah! I’m loving how eco-friendly this list is turning out—it’s purely coincidental! We just rule! Now, I love this vest, I’m really into the yoking, I just don’t remember how to wear vests? I know I used to in my high school Wu-Tang days but now I can’t remember why we wear vests? Don’t your arms get cold or your body gets too warm? Still, it’s dope.
Have a happy, goose-friendly winter, pals!