Veganism is reportedly one of the fastest growing movements in the world. While most people think of it as a diet, it is actually a lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals and their byproducts where practicable and possible. This means vegans don’t wear animals, either! In an industry riddled with leather jackets, fur coats, cashmere sweaters and woolen scarves, animal-free fashion may seem like a far off dream. But it’s not as far fetched as all that.
In fact, as animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, and deforestation worldwide, innovative alternatives to traditional materials are being released all the time in a market that is striving to keep up with shifting trends. Gone too are the days when going vegan meant going out head to toe in plastic. As more conscious consumers are realising that they can no longer justify the myriad negative impacts that animal use has across the board, the demand for sustainable vegan fabrics is at an all time high.
From organic cotton to pineapple leather, next time you go shopping instead consider one of these sustainable vegan fabrics to do right by people, the planet, and of course our animal friends.
Conventional cotton is one of the thirstiest and most chemical-intensive crops to grow, with devastating effects on not only the environment but the workers, too. Thankfully the fashion industry has cottoned on to the benefits of GOTS cotton, which minimises environmental impact by removing the use of cancer-causing pesticides and other chemicals in the production process, and instead focuses on a holistic process that puts sustainability first. Cotton is also better for your body – being a natural fibre, it is very breathable, so we recommend it as the perfect fabric for your skin skimming basics, from t-shirts to underwear.
NOTE: When buying products made of cotton, look out for certified organic labelling, and make sure it isn’t a blend fabric.