What Vegan Fashion Really Is and What to Look for When You Shop

Most vegans understand the impact their buying decisions have on the well-being of animals worldwide. A simple vegan leather handbag is not just any old handbag. It’s a handbag that saved the life (or lives) of innocent animals which may otherwise be killed or tortured for the sake of fashion. Whether it’s faux fur or plant leather made of pineapple, here’s what you need to know about vegan fashion if you’re looking to make an impact on fighting animal cruelty in the fashion industry.

What is vegan fashion?

Vegan fashion is cruelty-free. It means no animals were harmed during the item’s manufacturing, production, or sales. Vegan fashion is not made with animal fur, skin, feathers, or any other part of the animal that can only be obtained via their death or suffering. Instead, vegan apparel utilizes plant-based and man-made sustainable materials like cotton, linen, hemp, cork, pineapple skins, polyester, and similar materials. Vegan fashion does not support the exploitation of animals and believes their rights should be protected.   All Bella Vita supports vegan fashion and the well-being of all living species by offering high-quality, designer, cruelty-free clothing, handbags, shoes, and accessories.

What should you look for if you want to buy vegan fashion?

Common materials that are in vegan shoes, clothing, and handbags

Whether you’re looking to buy vegan shoes, clothing, handbags or accessories, there are a few materials to look out for that you can be certain are 100% cruelty-free. Plant leather is a common material in many vegan shoes, handbags, clothing, and accessories. Made in a wide range of materials, plant leather is composed of everything from pineapple to mushrooms. Also look for materials like “faux suede,” “faux leather,” “vegan wool,” polyurethane, microfiber, waxed canvas, cork, bamboo, cotton, and linen.

Materials that are NOT vegan and what you should stay away from

If you want to shop vegan you want to avoid certain animal-derived materials that can only be obtained via their suffering or death. The most common materials are leather, wool, and fur.

Leather and animal cruelty

The leather industry kills over one billion animals every year for the sake of fashion. These animals are often killed in factory farms under conditions which cause the animals to suffer before their death, including food and water deprivation, overcrowding, dehorning and unanesthetized castration. Exotic animals like alligators have been found in factory farms where they are skinned alive, or sometimes beaten to death with mallets and axes, all to obtain their skin for leather fashion products.

Fur and animal cruelty

The fashion industry obtains 85% of their fur from fur farms. These fur farms make animals endure terrible living conditions and they kill them using cruel practices like gassing, suffocation, poisoning, and electrocution. Fur farms are riddled with parasites and diseases as animals are housed in rows of cages where they sit for long periods of time in small areas full of their own feces and urine.

Wool and animal cruelty

People often think that because sheep are shaved for their wool and not killed for it, that no animal cruelty is involved in the process. While sheep aren’t killed for their wool, records of investigations have shown that they’ve been cruelly mistreated while obtaining it. A PETA investigation of over 30 shearing sheds in the United States and Australia revealed cases of extreme abuse. This investigation caught shearers on film beating sheep violently, standing on their heads, neck, and limbs, and even hitting them with a hammer. If you want to take part in the vegan fashion movement, refrain from buying fashion products made of wool.

Vegan fashion works to protect the lives of animals and their rights as living beings.  Shop designers you can trust are cruelty-free, then style ethically and live beautifully with All Bella Vita.