Are you supporting cruelty for your fashion? Is it worth it? Well, It's Definitely Not When there are vegan alternatives available for every Animal textile you're using. We support Cruelty-free Fashion and we want everyone to choose vegan clothing.
With this Vegan shopping guide, you'll get to know about the animal Textiles, their dangers, their vegan alternatives and The brands where you can buy vegan clothing.
What is Animal Textile?
Animal Textiles are animal parts like animal skin, fur, feathers, etc obtained from animals to use in textile industries for making clothes and other accessories.
Why is it cruel?
Animals are ruthlessly killed, tortured and treated inhumanly in the farms producing animal fibers. Imagine being forcefully taken away from your family, being forced to live in a congested place filled with dirt and waste with no space for moving, being skinned alive and then being left to bleed and die. Or watching your friends and family's heads being cut off while being forced to see and live in terror of knowing that you'll be next. This is the fate of most of the Animals who're "used" to obtain animal fibers.
What are different Animal fibers and their alternatives?
The animal fibers being used by the textile industries and the common people daily are:-
Leather is the skin of animals like Cows, Pigs, Ostriches, Crocodiles, Snakes and other reptiles. They are killed and their skin is then used in making clothes, handbags, shoes, watches, etc.
How is it wrong?
Apart from the fact that innocent animals are killed in large numbers everyday which is enough reason to choose vegan clothing, Most leather produced in U.S.A is chrome-tanned and all wastes containing chromium are considered hazardous.( Source- PETA)
You never know which animal is ill or suffering from diseases, There's No good reason to choose animal products for your clothing.
It's made from variety of non-animal materials like Polyurethane, but we suggest using vegan leather made from more sustainable products like cork, kelp, Pineapple leaves, etc.
Wool is animal hair. You might think cutting off hairs is no problem so why give up wool? But the reality is that the hairs aren't cut off. rather they are forcefully pulled off their skin. And in addition, Sheep and Lamb grow wool to protect themselves from the temperatures because they can't buy themselves blankets like we can.
Wool can be of different types like Angora wool, Cashmere and Mohair, Alpaca Fiber but they all are obtained from animals which is cruel.
How is it wrong?
As mentioned above, Lambs, Sheeps and even rabbits are exploited for wool. Their hair is pulled off without painkillers, causing bleeding and they are then left to die. Not to mention that these animals are a part of the Eco-system and their exploitation will cause major impact on the environment.
There are many cruelty free substitute for wool like cotton, Polyester fleece, synthetic shearling, Tencel, etc. which can easily replace wool. Many people are even allergic to wool and it's better to use these alternatives rather than supporting animal-cruelty.
Fur is a cot of animals attached to their skin, somewhat like hairs. We all know about our furry friends like Bears, Rabbits, Raccoons, foxes, Minks , etc. They are Electrocuted and poisoned to obtain their fur.
How is it wrong?
Fur Farms kill all the animals to get all their fur and even set traps in forests to trap foxes and bears where they suffer for days just to die mercilessly in the hands of fur farms. No animal deserves to die just for us to use their fur. And do you ever wonder what this ruthless killing of animals does to the environment?
Though you don't need to use Fur or any Alternative for fur itself because they're just used to add luxury to the clothes. But if you still insist, Faux fur is an alternative for Fur which is made from plastic materials. while it is also harmful to the environment as plastic is non-biodegradable, it is certainly better than killing animals,
Silk is a protein fiber obtained from silkworms who weave their cocoons with larvae. Silk is typically used in Clothing and many people think its vegan. but here's the truth-
How is it wrong?
Silk is obtained by boiling the cocoons in which the worms are still present inside. Silkworms or moths might be small beings but they also have a life and every life matters in our eyes. Which is why, Silk is cruel.
There are many good alternatives to silk like Nylon, Polyester, Rayon, etc which are inexpensive and cruelty-free.
MAJOR BRANDS THAT OFFER CRUELTY-FREE VEGAN CLOTHING OPTION:
These are the major brands that have options for cruelty-free clothing.
1. Top Shop
4. Nasty Gal
5. Gap Inc.
Note that these brands ALSO offer Animal-obtained Clothing, make sure to check the tags and shop the Vegan options ONLY.
100% VEGAN BRANDS
These brands are certified as 100% vegan by PETA* Some of them are however, online stores and some do have their physical outlets.
3.Beyond Skin (Footwear)
Killing animals for fashion is an act of shame, and supporting the cruelty is no less shameful.
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