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Can you believe it? It is nearly (vegan) Christmas already!
The most wonderful time of the year is here again and so are vegan and eco-friendly fashion insights that guarantee conscious and festive outfits.
Frequently, fur and leather are commonly associated with holiday party attire. Due to this, you’re probably trying to figure out how to stick to your conscious values and still look fabulous. But worry not, I am about to update you on the latest vegan and animal-friendly alternatives. There is no need to compromise on your sleek nor furry party looks.
Vegan Christmas With New Cruelty-Free Alternatives
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By now, the average consumer is well aware and extremely disheartened about the real fur and leather making processes, from animal-abusing farming conditions to extremely toxic tanning treatments. Equally, don’t even get me started on the damaging impacts it has on deforestation and, consequently, biodiversity.
With this in mind, in our highly technologically advanced society, there is no reason or excuse for mistreating and killing fellow beings on this planet. A planet that is home to all of us.
Markedly, vegan and cruelty-free options are now becoming the new norm. Faux-furs and leather are on high demand during the winter season. However, many vegan alternatives are available nowadays, thanks to many emerging innovations.
Indeed, vegetable productions such as mushrooms and pineapple leather are now available. Furthermore, they are vegan, cruelty-free and sustainable.
Latest plant, bio, eco-remarkable innovations
MirumTM blends virgin and recycled cork, hemp, coconut, and vegetable oil to make a high-level natural material totally free from petroleum. Significantly, with a circular approach, all end-of-life products can be reintroduced into the supply chain. Indeed, Mirum promises endless possibilities and affirms that plants are the fuel of the future. A nearby future, as this well-rounded material will be available in 2020.
MyloTM by Bolt Threads Technology uses mycelium – the vegetative tissue of mushrooms. As a result, they create a pretty serious looking leather-like material. And it acts just like leather, too! In fact, it can be grown into any desired size or shape, takes way less time to produce and is 100 per cent biodegradable.
Koba® is the “first-ever bio-based fur”, a co-created material by animal welfare advocate Stella McCartney, using DuPont fibres and developed by Ecopel. In fact, this plush alternative is 37% plant-based through a corn byproduct, and 63% recycled polyester. As a result, it creates a blend of high quality and renewability — it’s recyclable with other polyester products.
Pinatex® is made of fibre from the leaves of the pineapple plant and uses the leftover biomass as a nutrient-rich natural fertiliser or a biofuel, so absolutely nothing is wasted.
Cruelty-Free Brands That’ll Guarantee Vegan Christmas
Bolt Threads is a cutting-edge company rooted in circular principles, biodegradability and renewable processes. It’s through them that unique products, made of mushroom-based MyloTM, are brought to you. What’s more, they’re both animal and petroleum-free.
Stella McCartney, a brand that does not require introduction, showcased Koba® in its Spring/Summer 2020 collection. The Designer’s words about her most recent innovation:
“I am incredibly excited about this new eco-friendly, bio-based Fur-Free Fur. It is another big step toward the future of fashion being sustainable and animal-free.”
Veggani is a PETA approved and recommended brand using only vegan and cruelty-free materials. In effect, you can find a wide variety, from polyurethane microfiber, apples, cork, PU, acrylic, recycled plastic bottles, or fishing nets, take your pick!
They also have a charity side, 10 per cent of their profit in certain handbags, goes to a school in Laos, and 10 per cent of the faux fur products ́s profit goes to Best Friends Animal Society.
Nae Vegan is a Portuguese shoe brand, whose name stands for No animal exploitation = Nae. Besides being made in Portugal, a quality indicator by itself, you can shop by material with innovations from car airbags to the pineapple fibre you are now well acquainted with.
Furthermore, they have just recently collaborated with PETA to deliver a 100 per cent organic collection that gives 5$ of each pair of shoes sold directly to PETA.
Pro-tip: Always check the label! Moreover, look out for certifications like Soil Association Organic Standard, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) or Zero Deforestation Cattle.
Activist move: If the label is not clear enough, ask the brand! Take advantage of our technologically advanced era and shoot them an email.
So, what if your friends or relatives ask you why you’re so vegan-fashion-obsessed? In brief, kindly remind them about the climate emergency we are currently having. Definitely remind them about fast-fashion being responsible for the needless deaths and mistreatment of millions of animals every year.
A Very Merry Vegan Christmas to you!
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