Vegan and fashion: Everything you need to know

Vegan and fashion: Everything you need to know

The vegan movement came to the spotlight in fashion and now in shoes, too.

Find out here how well is the fashion industry doing with the vegan movement. Buying vegan products will not only make you look great but also feel good and support the vegan movement.

Now that more and more brands are offering animal-friendly alternatives, there are no excuses. The vegan movement has reached almost every sphere of human life with the millennial generation backing it up. Indeed, from recipe books to Gregg’s headline-grabbing vegan sausage roll, the V-word has altered our eating habits as more of us make the switch to plant-based snacks.

More than 1 billion animals are killed for leather every year, it’s easy to see the ethical benefits of choosing vegan alternatives when it comes to shoes and clothes.

But food’s not the only area that is going vegan, now fashion is coming to the scene. In 2019 the very first vegan fashion week took place in Los Angeles. The fashion week iconic item was a vegan leather puffer jacket by Budapest-based ‘it’ bran, Nanushka.

“Compassion, sustainability and innovation are shaping today’s fashion industry” 

says Dominika Piasecka, spokeswoman for The Vegan Society. This is truly how the fashion industry is working right now, consumers demand to know about how the pieces are made and with what materials.

Buying vegan products will not only make you look great but also feel good and support the vegan movement.

More and more wardrobes are becoming fully vegan, but what makes shoes vegan? “Vegan shoes are made without the use of leather, exotic skins, wool, fur, or any other animal-derived material,” explains PETA’s Sascha Camilli. 

More than 1 billion animals are killed for leather every year, it’s easy to see the ethical benefits of choosing vegan alternatives when it comes to shoes and clothes. But that’s not the only reason to pick vegan shoes as they help the environment too. Leather production is a major contributor to the depletion of water, fossil fuels, and pastureland as well as to climate change, largely as a consequence of the methane gas released into the atmosphere by the cows, goats, pigs, and other animals exploited by the global leather industry.

If you’re in any doubt as to what’s vegan and what’s not, have a look at the list of ‘PETA-Approved Vegan’ brands on PETA’s website. As for the non-vegan shoes in your closet, don’t despair, “using up what we already own is more environmentally friendly than throwing away your leather shoes the second you become vegan”

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