No Animals Will Be Harmed
Making the choice to avoid animal products can be a bit of a challenge but it's getting easier all the time thanks to designers, companies and individuals who share these views and bring more vegan products to the market. Today you will find more designers than ever choosing faux materials when designing shoes, handbags, clothing and outwear and more manufacturers of beauty products using alternatives to animal products.
Vegan, Animal Friendly or Faux
You will probably see it referred to many different ways. Fashion designers, manufacturers and stores often use the term faux leather, animal friendly, non leather, cruelty free or vegetarian. When something is called vegan and follows the true meaning of the word no living thing was harmed to create any part of the product and that would mean insects too.
Synthetic materials are often the answer to leather in vegan products. This can be a beautiful and durable option. It works well for many items and when done with good materials it can be difficult to tell it is not leather.
Imitation leather has come along way and is softer and more comfortable than ever but I know some women are reluctant to consider non leather items particularly shoes. Synthetic materials have been thought of as cheap and there certainly are plenty of cheap looking synthetic products but with some careful shopping you should be very pleased by the choices.
Unfortunately, for the most part producing faux leather is not an environmentally friendly process since often plastic is used as the alternative but synthetic materials are improving. Some companies are working to make producing synthetics more eco friendly.
Fun Vegan Products: Handbags and Shoes
Animal Friendly ClothingWhatever your concerns whether it's the use of animal skin or fur, how animals are treated for their wool or harm to moths that are used to make silk, alternatives are available.
Check out vegan clothing for information on alternatives to conventional wool and silk.
Vegan Personal Care
Animal, People and Earth FriendlyI think you will find as you are shopping for vegan products that often when companies are concerned about animals they are also concerned for the workers who make their products and the environmental impact of their business. It's a win all around when you find these kinds of companies.
A vegan lifestyle including a vegan or vegetarian diet is a very conscientious way of living and it does involve commitment. I think most of us have an easier time shopping for vegan products than eating vegan. There are so many questions to answer. A website I have come to rely on is Vegan Nutritionista. It's packed with great info but I found the Vegan FAQ to be very helpful especially to those starting out or those who still have many unanswered questions.
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