Change your style and also feel good about it by starting with vegan-based materials for everyday needs like handbags, shoes and accessories. Just like your vegan diets, there are animals like cows, pigs, cats, dogs and alligators that are cruelly used for their skin. With today’s technology, we can indulge in clothes that are reinvented and fashionable without harming a single animal.
According to PETA, there are a few things in your closet that are literally a killer look. Fun fact, various vegan leathers are from an organic molecular structure highly bonded by polymer resins called polyurethane. That’s right, chemists are the new fashion designers. According to PETA.org, it takes lots of energy and a toxic combination of chemicals to turn animal skin into leather and this process is damaging to the earth. If you knew the process to make leather, you’d probably reconsider that Grease lightning leather jacket and go for the cruelty-free version. Animals are brutalized, and we can make a difference supporting cruelty-free designers and brands.
With the increase in awareness, well-known luxury brand names are making it accessible and liberating to fight for animal rights while never missing a beat in trends. While shopping, look for designers like Stella McCartney, Silence + Noise, H&M, Old Navy, Nine West and even Target that encourage the vegan diet with fashion – not to mention the significant difference in tag prices of genuine leather as compared to vegan leather.
On BestProducts.com, there’s a detailed list of “19 Vegan-Friendly Handbags From Brands We Love”. These ultra-durable handbags are also appealing to the eyes like the Angela Roi Morning Crossbody bag that is perfect for the silhouette of spring-summer trends. Pair it with your favorite navy blue slacks or even an all-white “Baby Spice” fit to bring a subtle touch of color. Amazingly, a percentage of sales from this bag style benefits the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The intertwining of charity and fashion makes handbags an influential statement piece.
Another eye-catching handbag is the ruby-red Remy Trophy Faux Leather Crossbody Bag (nordstrom.com). Saddle-up the denim-on-denim look with this vintage equestrian style crossbody bag to complete that “my day is booked” look. Essentially, this mini Remy Trophy Crossbody Bag can be dressed up or dressed down with the shiny chain-like hardware and frontal ring.
Hopefully, this will encourage you to look not just at the ingredients in your food but also your style. Farm Sanctuary is an American organization advocating the education on farming animals. There is an easy access vegan shopping list describing each brand and their contribution to cruelty-free fabrics in store and online at FarmSanctuary.org.
From luxury to ethically contemporary, the Vegan diet is great for enhancing fashionable trends.