Long gone are the days when vegans had to be identified by emblazoned writings on their clothes such as “I am vegan; stop Animal cruelty!” Times have changed and so have we. A lot of people walk around these days in trendy vegan fashion without even realizing it. Guess those are the sweet benefits we reap for strongly standing up for something we believe in. It is however disheartening to hear that even with the lots of knowledge spreading around on how cruel it is to kill animals just for the sake of animal products; processing companies dealing uin animal products continue to sprout. Maybe more sanctions…severe sanctions should be put against these atrocious people.
Anyway, that said, it is notable to state that much progress has been and is still being made by vegan fashion designers, documented as having made a huge impact in the fashion industry. Of course, the tussle between vegan fashions and their counterparts continues to date but that does not downplay the massive victory that vegans have made.
Vegan fashion has proved that there are far much better materials to beautify our wardrobes rather than shedding the blood of innocent creatures in the name of fashion. Buying leather and other animal products used in the fashion industry simply means that you are supporting the cruelty subjected to the animals killed in the process. Some viable and great alternatives used in vegan fashion include pleather, canvas, beads, jute and plastics.
Vegan fashion mainly constitutes products such as clothing, shoes, and bags. However, with its increasing popularity, more products are being made using the same technology for example; belts, wallets, pet products, purses among others. These products come in a variety of brands, sizes, colors and are made from a variety of materials, which is important, as customers are not limited for choice. It is also fundamentally amassed that vegan fashion products are very durable, classy, trendy and do not easily wear out in comparison to their non-vegan counterparts.
So many influential people of our time have their full weight behind vegan fashion, as it has proved greatly convincing. The glossy magazine “Hello” and the revered “Vanity Fair” declared vegan fashion as “the look of this season.” Numerous fashion runways have been swept in this great wave. An example is the famous heather mills that just recently launched a “recycled clothing line” which has made great success since its inception.
The symbiotic relationship between vegans and environmentalists has been a key reason that vegan’s influence grows each day. In fact, numerous vegan fashion companies are members of groups that support environmental preservation. This is more often than not in the form of discouraging animal killing or practices such as sheep rearing which has adverse effects on sheep. According to Matt and Nat who are famous designers of vegan wear based in Montreal, a number of their products such as the linings in laptop carriers are made from water-plastic containers. This they say encourages environmental responsibility and further urges other companies to adopt such environment friendly practices.
Unfortunately, there are not so many vegan fashion shops around. The concept is relatively new and despite its fast-spread, there are places that still have not embraced veganism. This means that so much is yet to be done and it will only be possible if you and I play our parts well. Change is a gradual process and it is the little things you do that make a huge difference! Therefore, however minimal you think your contribution is, just do it! We are pregnant with enthusiasm and undying hope that if we work together, even through fashion, the world will definitely be a better place.