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13 Sustainable Rain Jackets Turning Grey Days Green


Love ‘em or hate ‘em, our changing climate means more rainy days—making sustainable rain jackets a necessity. 

So with that in mind, we’ve weather-proofed our wardrobe considerations to find the best sustainable raincoat brands for you (and our planet).

Hiding under a tree that will grow as a result of your purchase from this brand will offer some rain protection, but tentree’s recycled-material raincoats offer even more. 

Baxter Wood is a Black-owned brand that has also used discarded plastic bottles to create drizzle-ready jackets. 

Toad&Co blends their recycled synthetics with organic cotton, treating it with wax to repel water. 

And that’s just the calm before the storm, too. 

We have 13 brands to protect us when the weather forecast turns grim. Sprinkle your way to the end of the article to see how we covered up. 

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1. BAXTER WOOD

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About Baxter Wood

When a trip to Ghana shed light on the potential of plastic waste, couple Kweku and Sarah started Baxter Wood.

Their specialty is using these recycled materials to make sustainable rain boots and their fisherman-inspired Trawler coat for men and women, in several color options.

Baxter Wood’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

The Trawler coat features a polyurethane stretch fabric exterior. The lining is rubberized polyester (made from 22 recycled bottles).

Down to the hand-welded and stress-tested seams, every component is 100% waterproof.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Every product description mentions the factory location and where the materials have been sourced. Both their jackets and boots come from two factories in China.

Their ethical sourcing policy aims to protect human rights and asks that suppliers adhere to local employment laws and regulations. 

Green business practices: 

You can shop for new rain boots knowing Baxter Wood will recycle your old ones (from any brand) into roads, playground surfacing, and more. They even pay you $30 to do so.

While they don’t have a similar program for eco friendly rain jackets yet, we hope you won’t need one since these jackets are built to last.

Inclusivity: 

This Black-owned brand offers women’s sizes from XXS-L and men’s from XS-L. 

Community & charitable giving

10% of each purchase is donated, usually to organizations and projects related to sustainability education.

Available: Baxter Wood

2. TENTREE

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About tentree

If rainy days have you pining for time outside, plant the seed of tentree in your shopping list.

The Certified B Corp does it all, from sustainable activewear to ethical kids clothing—all designed with an “Earth-First” philosophy.

They have sustainable rain jackets for women and men in a few styles. All breathable, weather-ready, and bear a 10kmm waterproof rating.  

tentree’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

You’ll be 100% dry because of their 100% recycled polyester fabric treated with a bluesign® certified and PFC-free DWR (durable water repellent) coating.

Some feature an additional waterproof coating with a 75% recycled TPU membrane. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Every product description includes the location of the factory. In the case of the raincoats, that’s either China or Bangladesh. 

Their Factory Ledger is where you’ll find additional manufacturing details such as third-party organizations that certify each factory (like BSCI and Fair Wear Foundation).

Green business practices: 

For each product, you can see how much water and waste is saved by using eco materials and practices. 

If you warm up with a hot shower after getting caught in a rain shower, you can offset the impact of that by purchasing (or subscribing to) one of their carbon offset packages.

Inclusivity: 

Women’s sizes XS-XL; Men’s sizes S-XXL.

Community & charitable giving

Ten trees are obviously planted with every purchase. What’s not so apparent, however, is the fact that they’ve planted more than 66,592,000 of them.

By doing so in carefully selected areas that have been damaged by deforestation, they’re working to increase biodiversity where it’s most needed.

Available: tentree

3. PRANA

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About prAna

We know prAna and their indoor Savasana-ready sustainable yoga clothes and eco friendly yoga mats.

But they have plenty for the outside, too, in the form of ethical winter coats and vegan rain jackets for men and women.

With half-zip pullovers, parkas, dusters, and bomber jackets, nearly any style under the sun (clouds?) is catered to. They even have a dare-we-say stylish reversible rain poncho.

prAna Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Usually, a blend of recycled and virgin polyester makes up these rain jackets. In some styles, it’s just organic cotton and a tiny amount of elastane.

Regardless, the DWR finish is always PFC-free and bluesign® certified. 

They have insulated jackets that aren’t so much waterproof as water-resistant. While filled with RDS-certified down, they do have virgin polyester and nylon construction.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Manufacturing mainly occurs in India, Vietnam, and China, with a few other factories around the globe. 

They all adhere to strict standards, but some of the rain jackets are made in Fair Trade Certified factories, which support 33,000 global workers annually.

Green business practices: 

Partnering with The Renewal Workshop, they’ve diverted 44k+ pounds of garment waste from landfills since 2016. 

They were a founding member of the OIA Climate Action Corps and are in the process of reducing emissions by 30% by 2030. 

Inclusivity: 

While the jackets appear to only cater to women’s sizes from XS-XL and men’s from S-XXL, prAna does offer other ethical plus size clothing.

Community & charitable giving

Some profits are donated to Outdoor Outreach, which supports disenfranchised youth by giving them outdoor experiences and opportunities. 

Available: prAna

4. TOAD&CO.

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About Toad&Co.

“Hop to” a more sustainable wardrobe with Toad&Co., of course.

Whether you’re in need of an organic cotton t shirt or some cover from the elements, this affordable ethical clothing company does everything from overalls to underwear.

You can choose from several sustainable rain jackets for men and women—hooded, quilted, trucker-style, and vests.

Toad&Co.’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Organic (or recycled) cotton is the foundation of all these jackets, coated with wax to repel wind and rain.

They blend it with TENCEL lyocell (they are one of our favorite Tencel clothing brands, after all), hemp, and/or recycled polyester insulation.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Between a strict Code of Conduct and regular visits to factories, Toad&Co cares about fair manufacturing.

The fairest-made products are manufactured in California, in the brand’s own factory that partners with Planet Access Company to train and employ adults with disabilities. 

Green business practices: 

Many factories use renewables, reduce energy use/textile waste, or have practices to cut shipping emissions.

Toad&Co. also has a long list of restricted substances, offsets their HQ operations through Renewable Energy Certificates, and diverts unsold garments from landfills by sending them to The Renewal Workshop to become new clothes.

Inclusivity: 

Women’s sizes from XS-XL and men’s from S-XXL. 

Toad&Co. is woman-founded.

Community & charitable giving

They fund outdoor and travel opportunities for adults with disabilities through their co-founded Search for Adventure program. 

They’re also a member of 1% for the Planet and give back in many other ways. 

Available: Toad&Co. 

5. THOUGHT

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About Thought

Snuggling in sustainable sweatpants or venturing outside, Thought makes it easy to think about what to wear.

From fair trade dresses to sustainable activewear—they offer a range of clothing for men and women, including a small collection of eco friendly rain coats: waterproof mid-length chambray jackets, knee-length mac coats, and water-resistant puffer jackets.

If you’re on the hunt for a vegan rain coat, 95% of Thought’s collection is PETA-approved (and 100% of their raincoats are animal-free). 

Thought’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

The puffer materials are simple: just 100% GRS-certified recycled polyester (from 150 recycled bottles) and a showerproof coating. 

The waterproof coats blend organic cotton with recycled polyester, topped with a fluorocarbon-free water repellant. The seams are heat-sealed to keep moisture out.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Thought is London-based where everything is designed. Chinese factories turn those designs into reality while adhering to the brand’s strict Code of Conduct. 

As a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, they do their part to respect workers’ rights. 

Green business practices: 

Equally, their Environmental Policy ensures our planet is protected, like requiring less carbon-intensive sea freight and upcycling leftover fabric to create new products. 

98% of their packaging is recyclable and their garment bags are 100% biodegradable. 

Inclusivity: 

Women’s sizes run from 6-18 (US size 2-14) and men’s from XS-XL. 

Community & charitable giving

Further reducing fabric waste, unsold stock and returned goods are donated to folks in need. 

Thought is a co-founder of Common Objective, the global tech solution for sustainable fashion.

Available: Thought

6. SEASALT

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About Seasalt 

Looking for sustainable rain jackets in the UK?

Cornwall-based Seasalt brings the magic of England’s rugged southwestern tip to customers around the world. 

And given the weather in Cornwall, it’s no wonder they offer a whole section which protects us from the elements. 

For women, you’ll find winter raincoats, lightweight raincoats, wellies, and accessories.

Seasalt’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices 

Materials: 

The most sustainable rain jackets from this brand feature a few key materials: recycled polyester, recycled nylon, and organic cotton.

You might also see the conventional form of these materials (like virgin polyester fleece linings) in some styles which can be avoided.

Their waterproof treatments are chemical-based but are REACH-compliant.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

The raincoats are made in Vietnam, China, and a few other countries.

As members of the Ethical Trading Initiative, they are committed to protecting workers’ rights when making ethical rain jackets. 

Green business practices: 

So that your rain jacket stands the test of time, they offer a range of waterproof-boosting products—as well as GuppyFriend wash bags to minimize the release of microfibers while washing. 

Between their use of eco materials, a program to sell gently-used Seasalt clothes, and policies to minimize their carbon footprint, they’re doing a lot to go green. 

Check out their Sustainability Report for more. 

Inclusivity: 

The sustainable rain jackets come in sizes UK 6-28 (US 2-24). Many styles offer petite, regular, and tall fits, too. 

82% of Seasalt’s company is made up of women, who also fill most leadership roles. 

Community & charitable giving

Every year, a portion of sales from specific products are donated to Seasalt’s charity partners. Additionally, 20p from the sale of each face mask or pair of bamboo socks is donated.

Available: Seasalt

7. PATAGONIA

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About Patagonia

Whether you’re going hiking or simply walking to your car, you’re ‘gonia want to pack the Pata.

Patagonia takes sustainable outdoor clothing to the next level—and they’re inspiring many other clothing brands to follow suit. 

Speaking of suits (wet, business, or birthday), keep yours dry with one of their many sustainable raincoats for men, women, and kids. And if you’re looking for a top-of-the-line sustainable GoreTex jacket, this is the brand for you.

Patagonia’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

87% of Patagonia’s line uses recycled materials—which is why many jackets use ECONYL recycled nylon or recycled polyester. 

Sometimes small amounts of virgin synthetics are used, but they’re easy to avoid. 

You might see a PU membrane (containing some biobased content) or TPU laminate in some styles. However, even these and the DWR finishes are non-toxic and bluesign®-approved. 

These eco friendly rain coats meet their H₂No® Performance Standard for waterproofness, breathability, and durability. This guarantees long-term waterproof performance without toxic chemicals and with recycled inputs. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

87% of the brand’s line is also Fair Trade Certified, supporting over 64,000 workers with safe work conditions. 

35% of their apparel assembly factories pay living wages (as defined by the Global Living Wage Coalition) and they’re working to raise that number.

Commitment to social responsibility means supporting worker communities in other ways and having fully traceable products. Take a peep at the transparency on the Footprint Chronicles of each product page.

Green business practices: 

Patagonia’s Ironclad Guarantee serves as a life-long repair program and their Worn Wear site makes it easy to purchase pre-loved Patagonia goodies.

And that’s just a touch on their efforts towards environmental responsibility

Inclusivity: 

Sizes XS-XXL are available in all styles, though that range expands to XXS-XXXL in some.

Community & charitable giving

Patagonia is the founder of 1% for the Planet.

They encourage you to get involved with local grassroots organizations through the Patagonia Action Works lookup tool.

Available: Patagonia

8. ECOALF

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About Ecoalf

Spanish brand Ecoalf gives it to us straight: 40% of our wardrobes are never worn. We need to “break the habit, not the planet”.

#BecauseThereIsNoPlanetB, as their ethical sneakers remind us.

The GRS-certified slow fashion brand has clothing, shoes, and accessories for men, women, and kids. 

They’re also PETA-certified for having a 93% vegan product line, which includes their vegan rain coats.

Ecoalf’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Many of the coats are made with nothing but recycled polyester. Sometimes 100% recycled polyester Primaloft fill is added for warmth. 

Fall 2021’s coat collection recycled over 4.5 million plastic bottles.

You may find some older styles with RDS-certified down insulation, but as of March 2021, they stopped using all feathers in new products.

Some styles are 10K-rated waterproof, thanks to bluesign®-approved and PFC-free treatments. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

This Certified B Corp’s supply chain partners hold SA8000, BSCI, and/or SMETA certifications. 

Green business practices: 

Ecoalf has a Restricted Substances List and a supply chain that is backed by several environmental certifications (including OEKO-TEX and bluesign®).

Using evaluations technology by BCOME, they can track the exact impact (and resources saved) of each of their products. Check the product page for these details.

Inclusivity: 

Women make up 73% of the whole company and 50% of the executive team.

Women’s sizes XS-XL are available; Men’s S-XXL.

Community & charitable giving

The Ecoalf Foundation has held thousands of conferences around the globe to bring attention to the problem of waste in marine ecosystems. 

The foundation has also removed more than 700 tonnes of marine waste from oceans, both through funding and hands-on cleanups.  

Available: Ecoalf | Farfetch

9. UNITED BY BLUE

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About United By Blue

United By Blue offers an umbrella of men’s and women’s clothing choices for the outdoor-oriented.

Think: sustainable hats, sustainable candles, sustainable backpacks, and more. 

But despite the variety, they know that simplicity is more sustainable. 

That’s why this Certified B Corp has a single ethical rain coat for men and women that gets the job done. 

United by Blue’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices 

Materials: 

The men’s and women’s Recycled Rain Shell is made with 41% recycled polyester and 59% virgin polyester. 

It features a breathable and waterproof two-layer fabric shell, the external of which is 100% recycled polyester treated with a DWR-finish that’s free of toxins. 

PFC free rain jackets for the win!

Supply chain & labor practices: 

They partner with 7 ethical factories around the globe that are Fair Trade, OCS, or GOTS certified. Vietnam and China are where the women’s and men’s rain jackets are made, respectively.

Green business practices: 

UBB products are designed for life, backed by a lifetime guarantee. 

With a ‘Quit Single Use’ Task Force, they’re on their way to doing away with plastic tags, tapes, and poly bags. 

Their 2021 Impact Report highlights more of their green efforts. 

Inclusivity: 

Women’s sizes XS-XL; Men’s sizes S-XL. 

Community & charitable giving

United By Blue proves that business and conservation are not mutually exclusive. For every product they sell, they remove a pound of trash from our ocean.

They also organize beach cleanups and donate products and funds to charity.

Available: United By Blue

10. MAIUM

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About MAIUM

Founded by two friends from Amsterdam (where it rains 130 days per year), MAIUM was founded purely for the purpose of providing functional rainwear that not only protects us against the elements but will “protect the elements against us“.

These men’s and women’s sustainable raincoats feature unique and innovative elements, such as side zippers that allow them to convert into a poncho for biking. Perfect for any minimalist wardrobe!

Shop various designs, Mac coats, trench coats, and lightweight parkas, boasting anywhere from 3000mm to 5000mm waterproofing.

And since no rainstorm is complete without a rainbow, that’s what they offer in colors.

MAIUM’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

These fully cruelty-free and vegan raincoats are all made from a base of recycled PET bottles (66-111, depending on style).

Beyond that, you’ll find a few other materials, like a biodegradable PU coating on the Original and Trench coats, organic cotton in their Mac coat, and Pongee (a recyclable synthetic fabric) and PFC-free Bionic finish in their Lightweight Parka.

All materials are OEKO-TEX100-certified.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

MAIUM manufactures in the “epicenter of outerwear”: the Hebei province of Beijing, China. This area is known for its quality and all factories are BSCI-certified as having achieved at least a 90% across the audit’s ethical considerations.

The team also personally visits the factories each year to determine if improvements can be made.

Green business practices: 

In 2021, MAIUM recycled over a million plastic bottles into our raincoats and hopes to grow that number to 5 million per year.

Their production is meticulously organized so that no deadstock is left over, and they don’t play into the sale culture of fast fashion.

Their raincoats are shipped in bags made from 22 recycled bottles, which also feature a handle to be reused as a convenient tote. Or, it can be returned to the brand for cleaning and reuse. Any boxes, lining, and tape used are also recycled.

Inclusivity: 

Both men’s and women’s are available in XXS-XXL.

Community & charitable giving: 

Together with Eden Reforestation Projects, MAIUM plants over 10,000 trees per year, which helps offset their footprint.

They also work with Dopper to raise awareness about the lawless pollution of the ocean.

Available: MAIUM

11. ON GOOD AUTHORITY

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About On Good Authority

We have it On Good Authority that this brand offers some of the best sustainable raincoats in the UK. 

In fact, inspired by unpredictable weather cycles, one single raincoat for women is all they currently offer. Period.

Talk about a fast fashion alternative

It’s oversized for a contemporary fit and, with a waterproof rating of 10,000HH and a breathability rating of 10,000GM, is suitable for rain, wind, or shine.

Stay tuned for a couple of new recycled jackets launching soon.

On Good Authority’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices 

Materials: 

On Good Authority’s environmentally friendly raincoats are made with 56% GRS-certified recycled nylon, 44% recycled nylon, and a 3-layer PTFE-free lamination.

The seams are fully sealed and the fabric is treated with a bluesign®-certified, PFC-free water repellency. Both the lamination and adhesive is OEKO-TEX certified.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Those involved in making these vegan rain jackets at Jireh Corporation in Taiwan are paid fairly and work safely. The factory is BSCI-certified.

The recycled nylon is sourced locally.  

Green business practices: 

Using recycled materials saves 8.5% energy, 84% water, and 77% gas generation. 

Their FSC-certified packaging is also 100% recyclable. 

Inclusivity: 

On Good Authority is a woman-founded and operated brand.

US sizes S (2-4) to L (10-12) are available.

Available: On Good Authority

12. RAPANUI

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About Rapanui

Rapanui is here “to redesign the clothing industry.”

They’re using natural materials, renewable energy, circularity, and a small, local production of clothes on the Isle of Wight to do so. 

Women can choose between a classic sustainable raincoat and a poncho, and men between a full-zip jacket and pullover anorak smock.

Rapanui’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices 

Materials: 

Wanting to make something that’s “not just a lump of plastic,” their eco rain jackets are made with locally sourced, certified organic cotton canvas treated with a PFC-free water-resistant coating.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

As a GOTS-certified brand, their supply chain is audited seed-to-shelf for chemicals. 

It’s also SA8000-certified, so we know all products are made in safe, positive working conditions in India by people who receive fair pay.

Green business practices: 

Taking a circular approach, all Rapanui products have a QR code that makes it easy to send them back after they become worn out. Customers receive a discount code for each item, and Rapanui in turn can recycle those materials to create new products. 

They hope to eventually be able to recycle other brands’ clothes too. 

Everything is made using renewable-powered manufacturing and sent in eco-packaging. Even the tape and inks are green. 

Inclusivity: 

Women’s sizes UK 8-18 (US 6-16) are available, and for men, XS-XXL. 

Available: Rapanui

13. TEAM TIMBUKTU

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About Team Timbuktu

Looking for sustainable rain jackets in Australia

Team Timbuktu is for you.

This company puts sustainability and style first to create a range of women’s activewear, bike shorts, organic cotton t shirts, jackets, and sustainable accessories—of which nearly all are waterproof (and feature the coolest designs).

Team Timbuktu’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices 

Materials: 

Need a long jacket, or something quick to throw on? No matter, you’ll be dressing in 100% GRS-certified recycled polyester (31 recycled bottles, to be precise).

Treated with a DWR spray, the jackets are rated 10,000mm waterproof. We’ll be contacting them to find out what the spray is made of and if it is fluorocarbon-free. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

The fabric is made in Taiwan, then transformed into garments in Xiamen, China in a fair-wage, BSCI-certified factory.

Green business practices: 

Everything is shipped plastic-free, via boxes and compostable garment bags.

For Melbourne customers, they have a program to responsibly recycle old clothing and textiles. 

Inclusivity: 

Women’s sizes XS-XL are available. 

Community & charitable giving

For every order placed, a tree is planted. They also donate regularly to organizations supporting the planet. 

Available: Team Timbuktu

HOW WE FOUND THESE SUSTAINABLE RAIN JACKETS

Rain or shine, we consider our sustainable and ethical fashion criteria before dressing for any type of weather. 

Materials: 

Our top rain-ready sustainable fabrics are natural ones like organic cotton or hemp fabric

However, these won’t leave you feeling right as rain. They need to be coated with something.

That’s why the most common choice for weatherproof clothing and fleece is synthetic fabric. In this case, recycled polyester and nylon are the best (and increasingly popular) choices for raincoats.

When temperatures are down, ethically sourced down or sustainable Primaloft recycled polyester filling adds warmth to a simple rain shell. 

What are weatherproof ratings?

You likely saw 10K mm a few times throughout the article. This indicates the ability of a fabric to withstand 10,000mm of water pressure. 

While 20,000mm offers the highest resistance, it often comes at the cost of breathability. 

This is why brands often blend 10,000mm waterproof with 10,000GM breathability.

What about waterproofing chemicals?

Waterproofing treatment is the only way to turn something like cotton into something that stays dry. Wax is one of the safer and more eco friendly ways to achieve this, but it’s not as popular or effective as a synthetic base.

For these, chemicals are often used to create a DWR (durable water repellent) coating. It’s important to avoid harmful synthetic fluorocarbons like PFC and PTFE.

PU and TPU are semi-sustainable materials for the job. The latter (thermoplastic polyurethane) is a somewhat more sustainable PVC alternative that is recyclable.

Otherwise, these certifications can let you know that your raincoat is non-toxic. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Audits, ethical sourcing policies, regular visits, certifications, oh my! 

It’s better to splash around with companies who consider their entire supply chain and have ways to back up that their ethical and environmental claims aren’t just greenwashing.

Green business practices: 

It’s great when companies support carbon offset programs or renewable energy projects, restrict certain chemicals, opt for plastic-free packaging, and ship via less emission-intensive means.

In the name of zero waste, we love it when there’s an option to repair or recycle an old sustainable raincoat, too.

Inclusivity: 

Some of these sustainable rain jacket companies are BIPOC- or woman-owned, or highlight what they’re doing to support inclusivity. 

We also of course look for brands that offer a wide range of sizes to ensure bodies big or small can stay dry.

However, you’ll notice there’s a long way to go here as most of the brands we have found don’t offer a fully inclusive range of sizing. We’ll continue to search for and encourage better inclusivity.

Community & charitable giving: 

Hoods up and hearts warm.

We feel a little cozier in brands that give back through donations to charity, planting trees, offering sustainability grants, and participating in environmental clean-ups.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON SUSTAINABLE RAIN JACKETS

You can’t predict the weather, but you can keep a grey day green by choosing to support one of these brands. 

You can also shine some light in your own closet before purchasing something new.

Online thrift stores have a wealth of secondhand (and budget-friendly) eco friendly rain jackets. 

And if you know someone else who’s in need of a bit of cover, share this article with them so we can all protect our planet from an unsustainable fashion industry.


Climate change means more rainy days—making eco friendly rain jackets and coats a necessity. So we’ve weather-proofed our wardrobe considerations to find the best sustainable raincoats for you. Image by Toad&Co. #sustainablerainjackets #bestsustainablerainjackets #ecofriendlyrainjackets #sustainableraincoats #bestsustainableraincoats

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