This article will help you understand what vegan clothing is and how to identify whether the clothing you are buying is vegan.
When you decide to turn vegan, you first transition to a vegan diet generally. If you’re anything like myself, you’ve also looked into sustainable living which includes cruelty free beauty, sustainable fashion and zero waste living. It’s pretty simple when cutting out meat and dairy, however it’s not so clear cut when it comes to vegan clothing. I’m here to make it that one step easier!
So, What Exactly Is Vegan Clothing then?
In short, vegan clothing is keeping animals off your body and out of your closet. Over time, more and more of us are ditching wool, fur and leather in the hope of finding just as great cruelty free alternatives. There are vegan clothing brands which are always coming up, which use innovative materials as well as existing materials to create cruelty free clothing.
Why Should I Care About Whether My Clothing Is Vegan?
Until very recently, I didn’t question what materials went into my clothing. The only things that I cared about was whether they looked great and fitted my body well. I never questioned the harm to the animals that went into the clothing I wore. Most production which involves animals is so cruel. Sadly, companies most the time care about creating products fast, rather than ethics.
What Should Vegans Not Be Wearing?
It’s crazy when I researched into vegan clothing and found out how many pieces of clothing actually contain animal materials. In my head, prior to research I only really thought of leather, snake skin and fur as non vegan products.
Here are some more to look out for:
- Silk (Comes from Silkworms)
- Angora (Rabbit Fur)
- Suede (Comes from a number of animal skins)
- Down (Feathers which are used in a number of winter jackets for warmth)
- Cashmere (Goats hair)
Does buying Second Hand Clothing Make My Clothing Vegan?
No, as second hand clothes can also have animal products within them. Buying second hand is touching on buying more sustainably rather than vegan. You should be especially careful of vintage clothing as using animal trims and details were very common in the past. The older your clothing is, the more likely it is to be made from animals.
What Exactly Can Vegans Wear?
First of all, the best material has to be cotton as it is so readily available for vegans. Majority of clothing products have been made from cotton. Other Vegan fibers include:
Of course, this does involve you looking at the label and checking the exact material included in clothes. There are number of sustainable and vegan brands out there. Let me know if you want a list in the comments below and I’ll write another blog for you all. A few of my favourite vegan brands include Beyond Skin, Ruby Moon and Stella McCartney.
My personal aim is to shop sustainably as well as vegan. If you’re unsure about what sustainable fashion is, go check out my latest blog which explains the three pillars of sustainable fashion.