© Pangaia Pangaia’s FLWRDWN offers a cruelty-free and sustainable option for keeping warm. People who prefer not to wear things made from animals get short shrift when it comes to winter wear. There are plenty of cruelty-free fill materials to choose from, but they are almost all made from synthetics, predominantly petroleum-derived plastics. Some may be comprised of recycled water bottles or other assorted recycled trash – but still, for someone who doesn’t want to be wearing animal products or primarily synthetic plastic materials, the pickings are frustratingly slim. But now, materials innovator Pangaia has come up with the most poetic solution: Fill made from flowers. Because who wouldn’t want to wear a parka packed with petals?! The company spent the better part of a decade working on the material, which resulted in FLWRDWN (pronounced "flower-down"), a trademarked, cruelty-free alternative to goose and duck down. It is made with natural wild flowers and a biopolymer, infused with aerogel for performance and durability. The result is, says the company, warm, certified hypoallergenic, breathable, and biodegradable. Now of course when sourcing natural materials, well, there are questions to be asked. The questions I had were more or less answered in the […]

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