When transitioning fully to a vegan lifestyle, usually the last thing to alter are wardrobe goods. First changes are most frequently food-related, then perhaps analyzing the added ingredients in toothpastes and hair products. The final transitions are often in the clothing, shoes, and accessories.
Just like in foodstuffs, animal ingredients can be found in a variety of products, and its often difficult to decipher what to wear and what to spare.
What to wear
The vegan wardrobe is based on materials that foremost cause no animal harm. But sustainable goods that have little to know impact on the environment, are durable and long-lasting, and also feel and look good are high on the priority list.
It can grow rapidly in shallow ground, resulting in hardly a negative eco-impact. It also has anti-microbial properties, which means it can inhibit the growth of fungus, parasites, and other little creatures. It’s also durable as heck.
A strong, fast-growing plant, it is 100% biodegradable, breathable, and comfortable. It is most often identifiable in the forms of rope and twine, but makes an excellent and long-lasting addition to shoes.
Extremely soft, bamboo is known for its antibacterial properties, is 100% biodegradable, and natural. As long-lasting as cotton, soft as cashmere and resistant to wrinkling, bamboo is a perfect choice for everyday wear.
“Pleather” (Faux Leather)
This plastic leather is made of Polyurethane (PU), a water-resistant synthetic material mimicking the look of leather. It’s inexpensive but can look otherwise, but isn’t very breathable – you might want to don something else in the most humid of days.
Suedette (or Faux Suede)
Developed from synthetic suede cloth, it is soft to the touch, and a comfortable carbon copy of the real thing.
Stretch Fake Suede
Similar to faux suede, but elasticized, it is breathable, soft, and comfortable.
Slinky like silk, satin is a tightly woven fabric with a feminine sheen, developed from man-made fabrics such as polyester and rayon. Other varieties include sateen, a glossy cloth made from cotton or rayon, and satinet, a thin form of satin, usually made from silk threads.
Lightweight, breathable, and water repellent, microfibre is a tightly woven material developed from a fine polyester or nylon. It’s often used in athletic wear, as the material wicks moisture away from the body, keeping the individual cool and dry.
What to spare
Saving the details, fur, leather, cashmere, silk, angora, wool, and down are among the materials that add to the animal suffering of wardrobe production. In addition, they are often more expensive than all-natural, synthetic counterparts, and often aren’t quite as comfortable. Scratchy wool, sticky leather, and frou-frou fur; beauty and pain should never intermingle – whether the pain is our own comfort or animal suffering.
Our review on Style, Naturally: a great eco-guide for fashionistas
And our look at Beyond Skin footwear
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