Searching for one yields catch words like ethical, sustainable, eco, responsible, non-toxic, vegan, fair trade, organic.
Yet the details under the slogans include nylon, “cozy polyester faux fur” and much recycled PET plastic.
For every headline about the global rag trade trying to green up, another chronicles its minuscule advances. Allergies to chemicals used throughout the supply chain are on a steep increase, as are adverse environmental impacts.
I found the last of some organic, undyed wool on a back shelf. Cotton tape, Swiss-made metal tooth Riri zippers tarnish a bit when dunked in natural dye but last like no other. Quality organic cotton lining and trims must be pre-shrunk.
Much taking apart, devising changes and reassembling went on for several seasons while wearing it unfinished. But at the end of the line is a truly all-natural, washable, non-toxic coat that will never need to be replaced.