How I’m Building A Wardrobe Full Of Vegan Accessories

by: Rosie Dalton | 2 weeks ago | Features

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With more than one billion animals slaughtered every year for their hides alone, the luxury fashion industry can be very cruel to our animal friends. Which is why I feel it is important to introduce vegan values into my wardrobe wherever possible. Fortunately – as material technology and innovation continues to improve – there are now lots of great vegan alternatives to choose from as well.

Over recent years, companies have begun to experiment with all sorts of non-animal leathers – from the lab-made leather crafted by Modern Meadow Inc in New York, to Piñatex, which is made from cellulose fibre extracted from pineapple leaves. Even beyond leather-like materials, though, there are plenty of other great (and sturdy) fabrics out there, which cause no unnecessary harm to animals.

And every little bit goes a long way. It could be as simple as investing in 100% organic cotton sneakers like those in Veja’s vegan canvas range. By starting with the accessories department and making small shifts to our purchasing habits, we can each help to minimise the amount of leather being consumed by the fashion industry each year.

So, with all the great non-leather clothing and accessory options now at our disposal, I am using the arrival of a new season as an excuse to build a spring wardrobe full of vegan accessories I can rely on. And below I am curating the pieces at the top of my list.

1) Vegan footwear
Vegan footwear can be notoriously difficult to find. Fortunately, though, things are getting easier in this department, with a number of brands now stepping into the space. Case in point: Dr. Martens, which now makes vegan versions of their classic styles; Melissa, which specialises in fab vegan slides that are perfect from the beach to the bar; and Veja, which not only uses organic cotton for its canvas sneakers, but also sources wild rubber from the Amazonian rainforest for its soles. 

2) Vegan jewellery
Investing in vegan jewellery doesn’t just mean getting rid of unnecessary leather usage on your accessories themselves – like for necklace cords and the like – but also doing the same right throughout the supply chain. In order to meet our Vegan value, brands must demonstrate that no animals have been harmed right throughout production. Which means you can rest assured that no leather-clad tools or aprons were involved in the making of your vegan jewellery.   

3) A vegan bag for every day
A great bag is something I use every single day. Which is why it’s important to consider what impact that bag had on animals and the planet. A simple way to make a more positive impact in this regard is by investing in a vegan everyday bag instead. This could be an Eco PU pouch for evenings or a backpack made out of recycled plastic bottles, for running errands every day of the week. 

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