I know I shared an Everlane review the other week, so please forgive me for sharing another one so soon. But I think this one is pretty special. Last week Everlane announced their first sustainability commitment, to eliminate all newly created plastic from their supply chain by 2021. That’s a pretty big commitment and a huge step towards sustainability. Everlane has always been open about its ethical supply chain but always seemed to be lacking when it came to sustainability. With sustainability initiatives like clean silk and denim and no virgin plastic, they are on their way to being a sustainable brand as well as an ethical brand. Which just makes me love them even more.
Everlane is commited to eliminating all newly created plastic from their supply chain by 2021
The first step of this commitment is their new ReNew Collection (available to buy from today 24/10/18). This special collection of outerwear and sweatshirts made entirely from discarded plastic water bottles. In fact, they’ve used about three million bottles in this collection (crazy right). The short puffer jacket I’m wearing is made from 47 plastic bottles. But this collection is just the start by 2021 all synthetics in Everlane products will be swapped with renewed equivalents. They are also tackling transportation. Those poly bags all clothes are shipped in with made with recycled plastic by 2019. Unfortunately getting rid of these completely isn’t as easy as it seems. When products are shipped in shipping containers the brand doesn’t control what else is in that container. The plastic bags protect the clothes from absorbing any unpleasant smells or anything else from other things being shipped in the same container.
Whilst I would like to see Everlane introduce more sustainable fabrics like organic cotton and Tencel. Or maybe switching to alpaca wool instead of cashmere. Reducing the amount of new plastic in their clothes and the supply chain is a great start.
There seems to be a lot of conflict in the sustainable community regarding recycled fabrics and micro-fibres. Micro-fibres are tiny bits of plastic which come away from plastic fabrics in the wash and can end up in ocean and water supplies. Personally, I don’t put any of my coats in the washing machine. In fact, if I’m honest I don’t really wash them at all. So for me, a coat made of recycled plastic shouldn’t present much of an issue. For fleeces and sweatshirts I recommend getting yourself a guppy bag (buy one here). You just put your clothes in one of these are add them to the wash as usual. The bag then collects any micro-fibres which may come away from your clothes and keeps them out of the water supply chain. They also help increase the lifetime of your clothes meaning you can enjoy them longer and prevent them from going to landfill.
Everlane kindly gifted me the short puffer from the new ReNew collection to try and share with you. I initially had my eye on the long puffer based on the press release I was sent. However, I ended up receiving the short puffer. And in hindsight that was probably a good thing. Given the puffiness of the coat, I think the long version would have overwhelmed my petite frame. The short also feels like it could be a more versatile option. It’s great for this time of year when it’s starting to get cold but a long puffer feels like too much (let’s save that for when the temperature drops below 0). It’s also great for days I’m doing something more physical outdoors. I have plenty of freedom to move my legs out on dog walks, climbing over stiles on country walks.
I can’t comment too much on the warmth of the puffer yet as the temperature here is still around 10oC. But it feels like it should be able to handle pretty cold temperatures. Layering up with cosy knits, a hat and scarf this should keep you warm on most winter days. I love that the pockets are fleece lined (perfect for people like me with their hands in their pockets all the time) and have a zip closure. This gives the option of throwing your phone and money in your pocket and leaving your bag at home. There is also an inside pocket for anything you want to keep secure.
The hood is big enough to cover your head but isn’t too oversized. I quite like that there isn’t any faux fur trim like so many other puffer coats. The material feels like it could handle a fairly heavy rain shower, although I wouldn’t trust it in torrential rain. The best part of this coat is the puffiness. It feels like wearing your duvet outside. And who doesn’t want to wrap themselves in their duvet on a cold winters day. Oh, and did I mention it’s down free so you can keep cosy cruelty free.
Earlier this year Everlane opened up their international shipping to include the UK and Europe (you can see the full list of countries here). This means that we finally get a chance to purchase from Everlane at our own pace. No more rushing to make an order over one weekend. They also offer free international delivery on orders over $100 (it is $25 under $100). To make things easier Everlane calculates and collects taxes on our behalf. This means that your order will get through customs quicker and you won’t have to pay to get hold of it when it arrives. Everlane has no control over the taxes as these are set by the government. It’s important to factor these extra costs in when planning your purchase. For example the short puffer I’m wearing costs $125, which means my shipping costs are free and the taxes added would be $25 making the total cost $150. This works out at around £115.33 (£96.11 for the coat + £19.22 in taxes). Which I think is a pretty good price for a winter coat.
Everlane is very transparent about their pricing and has a breakdown of costs for each product. This includes the materials, hardware, labour, duties and transport to give the cost of the item. They then show the price they have set (obviously this is higher as they need to make a profit). They also include details of the factory each product is made in and have a section on their website showing these factories. It’s actually really interesting to spend a few minutes reading about each of the factories.
I’ve had a quick look around the internet for other short puffer coat options. If you feel a coat like this is something you want/need this winter. Now is a good time to purchase so you have your coat for when the temperatures start to drop. I struggled to find many options under £100 from ethical or sustainable brands. This would be a considered purchase but a good warm coat is always worth spending money on. All these options (including the Everlane one) should last for years to come and you’ll get way more than 30 wears out of them.
Short Puffer – Everlane
Stripe T-Shirt – People Tree
Scarf – Topshop (very old) – similar
Jeans – Boden
Boots – Joules
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Everlane who gifted me the short puffer coat. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means I make a small percentage of any sales.