Unfortunately, the process of waterproofing textiles is a highly polluting one. The industry uses perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) to weatherproof textiles; these compounds not only are very toxic to produce, but they are released into the environment during use with collateral effects such as cancer. When I discovered that I was so horrified that I decided to throw away all my toxic raincoats and look for a new clean alternative.

On the positive side, I have to say that in recent years the industry has been moving towards increasing sustainability by adopting materials produced with recycled PET fibers which not only do not require PFC treatments, but also contribute to clean up the environment.

These high-tech fabrics from recycled fibers are a good green alternative to polluting textiles, the other possibility for the eco-conscious consumer are fabrics who were first developed in the pre-oil era. I am talking about the waxed cotton canvas that had been used for centuries by sailors and fishermen.

Between high-tech and pre-industrial my personal preference goes to the latter, because of its natural feel and texture; however, the high tech choice is definitely more practical in terms of cost and maintenance of the garment.

The final shortlist for the search of my new eco-friendly non-toxic raincoat includes both types, and I’m still undecided, let me know what you think.



Eco-friendly trench coat by Feller

I discovered Feller at a recent trade show and it was love at first sight! They are adding much needed creativity to the raincoat business with original patterns, like the one featured in this Queen Ann Trench. A great attention to details, quality and functionality of the garment make it a great and long lasting addition to any wardrobe. Available online at Feller.clothing.



Waxed cotton canvas, 100% Made in the USA




In recent years, the parka has made a strong comeback. Warm and practical, it is for me an essential piece of winter apparel. The Oslo jacket by NAU is the perfect eco-friendly example: 100% waterproof with big pockets, hood and wrist straps. Available at NAU.



Made with recycled down. 2% of US sales goes to non-profits listed on their site

Sustainable parka jacket


Sustainable fitted jacket

This waxed-cotton jacket with leather inserts has a distinctive European flair: I’m torn between the images of a very British country lady and a motorcycle amazon. The belt and the neck buckle, as well as the contrast of the metallic snap buttons bring together practical and aesthetic qualities, that make great design. It is available in navy blue (shown) and black at Boden USA



Boden participates to the Ethical Trade Initiative and to the HERProject to empower women through work.




Oh yes, the IT piece of the fall-winter 2016 is definitely the cape! With breast flaps and epaulettes, the Omotesando coat reminds of XIX century military uniforms, only much shorter and with a very contemporary deconstructive approach.



Made with 100% biodegradable polyurethane

Ethical fashion cape


Sustainable weatherproof jacket by Cotopaxi

This sunflower yellow parka is ideal not only to keep dry and warm, but also to fight the blues of the advancing cold and dark season. Snap on buttons and ample pockets really make it difficult to resist! The exterior of the jacket is made of waxed canvas and lined is composed of Polartec® Alpha Insulation and Framis Italian film.  Available at Cotopaxi.



Cotopaxi is a certified B Corporation and it has an active grant program to advance health, education, and livelihoods initiatives around the world.




Last but not least it’s the packable parka. A very handy jacket that can be folded into a pouch to keep in the bag. I also like this particular hue of maroon, wine color. Available at United By Blue



For every product sold United by Blue removes one pound of trash from the oceans and it is committed to make apparel and accessories responsibly and durable.

eco-friendly light parka