Sustainable Raincoats, Stay Dry & Eco Friendly

Weekly Tip - Sustainable Raincoats, Stay Dry & Eco Friendly

Spring is nearly here which means rain and more rain, so this week we are looking at sustainable raincoats to keep you dry.

As we face the increasing challenges of climate change, it is important to consider more eco-friendly alternatives for our everyday items.

In this article, we will explore the benefits of sustainable raincoats and how they can help reduce our impact on the environment.

From natural and recycled materials to fair trade and ethical production, there are plenty of options available for the environmentally conscious consumer.

As usual we also look at the history of the raincoat and why a lot of conventional ones aren’t great for the planet.

Join us as we explore the world of sustainable raincoats and take a step towards a more sustainable future!

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When Raincoats were Sustainable

The raincoat has been a staple in protecting us from the elements for centuries. The earliest version of a raincoat can be traced back to the 1800s, where they were made from rubberized cotton.

Over time, raincoats have evolved and improved in design, materials, and functionality.

In the early 1900s, raincoats were made from more durable materials such as oilcloth and waxed canvas.

It wasn’t until the mid-1900s that synthetic materials like nylon and polyester were introduced, making raincoats lighter and more breathable.

While raincoats have come a long way in terms of design and materials, they have also contributed to environmental pollution.

Most conventional modern raincoats are made from synthetic materials that are not biodegradable and end up in landfills.

Unfortunately, according to a report by WRAP in the UK, approximately 350,000 tonnes of clothing, including raincoats, end up in landfills each year.

Sustainable Raincoats - Two men wearing waxed cotton raincoats c. 1880
Two men wearing waxed cotton raincoats c. 1880

That’s because unsustainable plastics and virgin polyester which make up most of the raincoats you will buy are fossil fuel based and none recyclable.

So rather than contributing to increased plastic waste and supporting the fossil fuel industry, there are sustainable alternative you can look for.

Five Ways to Make your Raincoat Sustainable

Being sustainable when it comes to raincoats is important for reducing our environmental impact. Here are some tips on how to be sustainable when it comes to raincoats:

  1. Choose sustainable materials: Look for raincoats made from sustainable materials like recycled polyester or organic cotton.
  2. Avoid fast fashion: Don’t buy into fast fashion trends, which encourage disposable clothing. Invest in a high-quality raincoat that will last for years to come.
  3. Opt for second-hand raincoats: Consider buying a raincoat from a thrift store or a second-hand clothing website. This reduces the demand for new products and supports a circular economy.
  4. Take care of your raincoat: Properly care for your raincoat by following the manufacturer’s instructions. This ensures that it lasts longer and reduces the need for frequent replacements.
  5. Recycle your raincoat: If your raincoat is no longer usable, don’t throw it in the trash. Check with your local recycling facility to see if they accept raincoats for recycling.
Sustainable Raincoat - Wearing a sustainable raincoat won't just protect you, it will protect the planet
Wearing a sustainable raincoat won't just protect you, it will protect the planet

By following these tips, you can reduce your environmental impact and support a more sustainable future. Remember, every small action counts towards making a big difference!

What to Look for to when Shopping for a Sustainable Raincoat

When shopping for a raincoat, it’s important to consider sustainability. A sustainable raincoat is made from eco-friendly materials, manufactured using environmentally responsible processes, and designed to last for years.

One key aspect to consider is the material used to make the raincoat. Look for options made from recycled materials, such as recycled polyester or nylon, or natural fibers like organic cotton. These materials are more sustainable than virgin polyester or other synthetic fabrics.

The production process is also important. Sustainable raincoat brands will have policies and practices that minimize water, energy, and chemical use. Some companies use renewable energy or work with local suppliers to reduce their carbon footprint.

Another aspect to look for is durability and versatility. A high-quality raincoat can be used for many years, reducing waste and the need for constant replacement. It’s also helpful to choose a style that can be worn in multiple settings, such as for outdoor activities or everyday use.

Sustainable Raincoat - By keeping sustainability in mind when purchasing, you can truly enjoy our planet
By keeping sustainability in mind when purchasing, you can truly enjoy our planet

Finally, consider the brand’s overall sustainability efforts and certifications. Look for certifications like Bluesign, Fair Trade, or the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) to ensure that the raincoat meets rigorous sustainability standards.

By keeping these factors in mind, you can find a sustainable raincoat that not only keeps you dry but also aligns with your values and reduces your environmental impact.

Some of our Favourite Sustainable Raincoat Brands


No sustainable raincoat article would be complete without featuring Patagonia.

For more than twenty years, Patagonia has produced clothing for outdoor activities.

Every season is covered by the brand’s selection of environmentally friendly rain gear.

Check out their women’s Torrentshell Jacket, which is not only super sustainable and ethical, but it’s also waterproof and breathable.

Patagonia is a long-time participant in 1% for the Planet and offers a line of Fairtrade-certified goods.

Sustainable Raincoat - Patagonia's women's Torrentshell raincoat
Patagonia's women's Torrentshell raincoat


Having received the coveted ‘great’ rating on Good On You, Rapanui has been making waves in the sustainable fashion sector for the past decade. 

The brand has both contemporary styles with cool prints and its own take on the classic yellow rain jacket.

Featuring water-resistant and water-repellent styles, Rapanui raincoats offer a sustainable option in the outerwear market.

We love their Women’s Zip Up Jacket (their men’s one is pretty good too)!

Best of all if you sign up to Rapanui’s mailing list, you will receive 10% off your first order.

Sustainable Raincoat - Rapanui Women's zip up raincoat
Rapanui Women's zip up raincoat


The eco-friendly raincoats from BAM are made for exploration.

They offer a genuinely circular fashion approach because they are made from recycled materials and designed to be recyclable.

These jackets compress into one of the side pockets for convenient storage in between travels and have fully taped seams to keep you dry. They are also waterproof and made to last.

BAM’s Agallea Water Resistant Twill Jacket has been designed for the realities of British walking, whether it’s the highlands or the high street.

If you sign up for their mailing list you can take advantage of a 10% discount.

Sustainable Raincoat - BAM’s Agallea Water Resistant Twill Jacket
BAM’s Agallea Water Resistant Twill Raincoat

That’s a Wrap on Sustainable Raincoats

That’s everything for this week.

We’ve covered why some modern raincoats aren’t sustainable, what to look for when buying a new coat and featured some fantastic sustainable brands.

So, when the forecast calls for rain, don’t forget your sustainable raincoat – it’s the perfect way to protect yourself and the planet!

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