It's 2019 and the number of people who have gone vegan is at an all-time high and these numbers are still increasing rapidly. Some might call the vegan trend an "environmentally friendly hype that is also good for the animals". The term veganism is often associated with people's diet, but not often is it related to an entire lifestyle change, let alone a fashion principle. But luckily that's why we write these blogposts. So if we've sparked your interest, this'll be a good one to read.
What does vegan clothing mean? Generally, when talking about vegan clothing it means not wearing or using clothes, shoes or accessories made with animals parts or any animal derived products which include leather, fur, silk, wool, feathers etc. The use of animals for transportation purposes is not accepted either. The use of animals for heavy transportation (animal cruelty) is usually the non vegan part when we talk about non animal derived clothing.
The main reasons to adopt a vegan clothing wardrobe are widespread, ranging from combatting animal cruelty to fighting water pollution and many more. If you are interested in the specific reasons for adopting a vegan wardrobe we recommend reading up on this article by PETA.
If you look closely at how much of clothing makes use of animal (derived) products and labor you might be surprised by the large quantities. A question you may then ask yourself is: "In a world full of animal cruelty, what DO vegans wear?"
Below we list our top three sustainable and vegan options:
1. Organic cotton
Organic cotton is very different from conventional cotton. Conventional cotton is mostly damaging to our environment by being filled with pesticides, while organic cotton is the holy grail of all sustainable fabrics. It does not destroy ecosystems, uses little water, improves soil and is grown without harmful chemicals all while being super soft to the touch! No matter the occasion, organic cotton will always have your back.
2. Lyocell (Tencel)
This fabric has been around for a while but has only recently been receiving the attention it deserves. This wood pulp derived material is recycleable and biodegradable. Lyocelle is a versatile, naturally wrinkle-free fabric that can be woven to mimic leather, silk, suede, wool and more.
Being made from the tough fibers of the flax plant, linen is laborious to manufacture but so, so worth it. It is one of the fee fabrics that actually becomes stronger and more durable with each wash. Linen dries quick as lightening and is very absorbent, providing coolness and freshness during the hot and humid summer months (or year round when living in the tropics).
Veganism is usually a very controversial topic to discuss with emotions running high and people being unwilling to truly listen to one another. There is plenty of misleading information on the topic and people commonly make assumptions and decisions based on what is known and comfortable to them instead of doing what is right. We want to end this blogpost by asking everybody to take a compassionate and empathetic stance towards the planet we live on and towards the animals we hold so dear to our hearts. Remember that change doesn't come easy and doesn't have to be radical! Every small step helps. So if you're buying a shirt next time and you have the choice to shop organic instead of ordinary, please think of this blogpost before making your decision! Make us proud. We hope to be making you proud too.