Making a waterproof jacket is an energy-intensive process with many individual operations and lots of use of heat. The most important factor in making a sustainable waterproof garment, then, is that it lasts a long time and that the user doesn’t replace it until it is worn beyond repair: sustainability is often just as much about the end user as it is about the initial manufacture.
When it comes to buying a waterproof, these are perhaps the most important sustainability decisions: buying one that will last, that you will look after, and that you won’t get bored of or which will become unsuitable; buying a garment that can be repaired; buying a garment made with less impactful materials (e.g. recycled content) and less impactful chemistries (e.g. PFC free DWRs, environmentally conscious dyeing methods). For more information on caring for your waterproof, please see our care pages.