Moving into a cruelty-free fashion wardrobe is difficult. There are not many brands that do it; if they do, they are not environmentally friendly, and last - if they are environmentally friendly, they have an expensive price tag. However, slowly but surely, more and more fashion houses are turning to better materials to create those stylish garments that we just can’t wait to wear.
More than a billion cows, pigs, goats, sheep, alligators, ostriches, kangaroos, and even dogs and cats are cruelly slaughtered for their skins every year. Many of these animals have their tails and horns cut off without painkillers, and some are even skinned and cut apart while still conscious. Vegan leather offers a killer look without any killing.
Other fabrics include 100% organic cotton, linen and hemp and the best places to buy products made from these fabrics are from a local who makes the clothes themselves. Websites like ETSY are a great way to connect with sellers who, in the end, charge more but the money goes straight to the source of the raw materials and then the designer who probably needs to cover their costs.
Vanita Bagri is the Founder and CEO at LaBante London, a brand producing luxury handbags and sunglasses. The company, which is vegan-certified, focuses on using materials that are eco-friendly and sustainable, as well as animal-free.
The brand uses Blue Star Premium Vegan Leather is a specially sourced premium vegan leather which is made from recycled fabric and other complex compounds.
They have Sustainable PETA-Approved vegan handbags and sterling silver jewellery lines that sell in department stores and multiple boutiques across the world. They have recently added a recycled wooden sunglasses line - complete in bamboo boxes their collection.
Conventional cotton is the world’s dirtiest crop, and poor protections mean that farmers and the environment are exposed to these harmful chemicals in huge numbers, with significant health implications. There is also a large degree of forced and child labour involved in the global conventional cotton supply.
The high costs GM cotton, and the requirement to purchase the patented seeds each year are the direct cause of high rates of farmer suicide due to crippling agricultural debt. To avoid these impacts, make sure your cotton clothing is organic.
In this day and age, most people know and agree that real fur is a horrifically cruel industry. It's responsible for taking the lives of more than 50 million animals every year in ways such as drowning, poisoning, gassing or electrocuting - and their short and miserable lives on factory farms aren't much better than their deaths.
Now manufacturer Ecopel is developing a faux fur material made from recycled plastic bottles. Through a collection system internalized at the company's mills in Asia, the company can now give used plastic bottles new life – rather than them being dumped in landfill or oceans.
The regenerated fibre developed from the process is introduced into a new cycle of circular-economy production where it will become…an eco-friendly faux fur coat.
As a vegan, you are probably very familiar with flaxseeds. Linen is a textile that is made from the reed of the flaxplant. It has been manufactured traditionally in Europe and Japan for several thousand years and is a very sustainable option. However Chinese linen uses conventional fertilisers and has increased impact, so look for good quality European or Japanese linens for your most sustainable options. These options are also much higher quality, which is essential when you are creating your sustainable wardrobe.
Hemp is another wonderful plant-based fibre with significant environmental benefits. It can be grown on marginal land, so it does not take productive land away from food crops. Hemp is beautifully soft and is growing in popularity.
Soysilk is a silk-like fabric that is manufactured with the soy residue left over from producing tofu. However, it does use formaldehyde in the production process, which is a known carcinogen. If you are specifically looking for a silk alternative, this is a reasonable option. But I personally wouldn’t go out of my way to seek it out.
Some vegans may also be comfortable wearing Peace Silk. This silk is made from the silkworm cocoon once the fully grown moth has abandoned it. No worms or moths are harmed or exploited in the process, and Peace Silk is wild harvested rather than farmed.
In this guide you can see the detailed sizing charts to all our products
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