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What is vegan clothing?

14 October 2019

Veganism is not a crash diet or cleanse. It’s a lifestyle choice that’s all about protecting animals by avoiding animal products. Eating vegan food is definitely a great first step toward better animal welfare, but vegans also avoid cosmetics, clothing, and household products that contain animal products.
We have collaborated with Hays and launched our first vegan collection of sleep & lounge wear.

What is vegan clothing?

Vegan clothing is any garment made without animal products. Some animal products, like leather, are pretty obvious, but others might be a little harder to spot. Here’s a list of things to avoid, if you want to keep animals out of your closet:

• leather
• fur
• silk
• feathers
• bone
• horn
• shell
• wool
• cashmere
• shearling
• angora
• shahtoosh
• snakeskin
• suede (microsuede is animal free, though)
• down
• pashmina
• mohair

Animal products can hide in unexpected places, so read your clothing’s labels before you buy.

Why buy vegan clothing?

Why buy vegan clothing?Because veganism is about protecting animals, vegans don’t buy clothing made from materials that exploit animals. According to PETA, animal products used in clothing manufacture aren’t just byproducts. They point out, for example, that leather sales help support slaughterhouses by providing extra income.
Like factory farming in the food industry, raising animals for clothing and accessories is often cruel to the animals and harmful to the environment. Even “humanely raised” animals are kept in captivity and slaughtered years before they would have died naturally, so it’s hard to argue that any animal-based material is truly humane.
Ditching all animal materials might feel extreme, and I think that wool is a good example of how different reality is from our vision of animal agriculture. Sheep have been bred for decades to grow more and more skin, so that farmers can shear more wool from a single sheep. That selective breeding means that modern sheep are miserable. Jill Ettinger at Feelgood Style describes what real life is like for a modern sheep, “Mulesing is the practice of removing this excess skin around a sheep’s backside. To leave it there can allow feces to build up and (gross alert), maggots to literally infest and even kill the sheep. So mulesing is a practice of cutting off the wool and skin of young sheep’s behinds. This is almost always done without painkillers. Raw tissue is exposed and the injury can cause a lifetime of pain.

This isn’t a rare occurrence in wool production. It’s the norm, just like tail-docking pigs or beak-searing young chickens in factory farming. It’s part of industrial fashion.”

If we want to protect animals, we need to stop exploiting them, and what we put in our closets has as much power to change that as what’s on our plates.

Where can I find vegan clothing?

Shopping for vegan clothing doesn’t have to be difficult. Just look for natural, plant-based fabrics like cotton, linen, and hemp. Synthetics are also animal-friendly alternatives to materials like leather, wool, and silk. Many mainstream brands have vegan clothes, shoes, and accessories – just keep an eye on the label when you’re shopping.
Our vegan capsule collection meets the European Vegetarian Union certified production process. The collection has intricate prints that are environmentally friendly, biodegradable and does not use animal protein at any stage of production.
The silken feel of Vegan products make them a viable alternative and more "skin friendly" than silk!

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