When shopping for a new jacket, it's important to look for quality. In order to keep big articles of clothing away from the landfills, consider investing in a product that will last at least several seasons.

The following jackets are either made from recycled materials or made by companies that are committed to sustainability and the environment. It makes sense that those who make gear for the outdoors would want to help protect the mountains and forests, so if you love the outdoors yourself, wear your support this winter.

The North Face Denali Hoodie for Women and Men ($179)

One of the most classic items from The North Face, the Denali fleece is now made from 87 percent recycled Polartec® 300 series fleece. The recycled fleece comes from 90 percent post-industrial waste and 10 percent post-consumer waste. The reinforced chest keeps the wind at bay, and the fleece is super-soft and cozy for those moments around the campfire.

If you don't need the hood, you can still get this bestseller in its more traditional (but still recycled) form. 

L.L. Bean jacket

L.L. Bean Mountain Stretch Shell for Women and Men ($199)

This jacket is great for its waterproofing ability. It would do well as a layer over a fleece for backpacking, skiing or just for playing in colder weather.

L.L. Bean is committed to the environment in a number of ways. As someone who has always looked forward to browsing through their seasonal catalog, it's good to know that in January 2008, the company introduced a new paper policy. According to their website, the goal, "is that 90 percent of the fiber in our catalogs be sourced through a credible certification system and contain 20 percent recycled fiber."

Patagonia Storm Jacket (women's)

Patagonia Storm Jacket for Women and Men ($250)

For more intense winter activities, such as skiing, snowboarding or sledding, consider the Patagonia Storm Jacket.

Patagonia started the Common Threads Garment Recycling Program in 2005. It allows customers to return some of their worn out jackets (they do not have to be Patagonia products) for recycling instead of filling up landfills or incinerators. Click here to read more about Patagonia and environmentalism or read an article about them on MNN.

Kavu jacket

Kavu Woodland Parka for Women ($110)

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If your outdoor activity of choice involves less skiing and more walking, consider keeping warm with this parka, which is made from cotton canvas and topped with a fleece-lined hood.

Kavu makes eco-friendly outdoor clothing and accessories. The company prides itself on choosing natural fabrics such as hemp, bamboo and cotton for its products.

Marmot jacket

Marmot DriClimate Catalyst Jacket for Women and Men


This jacket is part of Marmot's UpCycle® Program and is made from UpCycle® fabric in the bi-component lining (100 percent), a recycled polyester face fabric (88 percent) and a completely recycled zipper.

The jacket won a number of awards in 2008 including "Gear of the Year" from Outdoor Magazine. Its flexibility makes it a good choice for outdoor activities, and the style has been updated for 2009.

Happy winter trails!

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