A Brief History of Vegan Fashion: How Plant-Based Clothing Took Over the Runways
In a world where the fashion industry is often criticized for its environmental impact, more and more designers are turning to vegan materials to create their collections. In recent years, more designers have been using eco-friendly vegan materials like bamboo, hemp, organic cotton, and recycled plastic bottles to create fashion. Today, Vegan Fashion is not only environmentally friendly but also has a look and feel that is unique and stylish. It is a successor to sustainable fashion, leaving the animals out of the equation. As our grandfathers created clothing from hemp and cotton, they were not thinking about whether or not their traditions were "animal-free" or "vegan." However, with the rise of fast fashion, the use of animals in clothing has become uncontrolled and animal-unfriendly. Therefore, people are calling for alternatives to using animals in clothing.
Cruelty-free and Vegan Labels
The terms "cruelty-free" and "vegan" are often used interchangeably, but they refer to different things. -The cruelty-free label only guarantees that the final product and ingredients are not tested on animals, but the product can still contain animal-derived ingredients. -The vegan label only guarantees that the product does not contain animal ingredients but may still have been tested on animals. -Vegan Fashion does not contain animal products like leather or wool but still can contain environmentally unfriendly products like microplastic. Both cruelty-free and vegan products are considered to be more sustainable and ethical than those that are not. This is because they do not involve exploiting animals in any way. In addition, vegan products often have a smaller environmental footprint than those containing animal products, as they do not require raising and slaughtering animals. Products that are labelled as both cruelty-free and vegan are the most sustainable and ethical options available. However, it is essential to remember that not all cruelty-free products are vegan, and vice versa.
A new generation of sustainable materials is being developed today, mostly leather substitutes, based on plant materials. What should the ideal future product be called, so we know it is good for you, the environment, and all living beings? Should we call it plant-based leather or plant-based materials? - so we know it is cruelty-free, sustainable, climate-friendly, and plastic-free? The ideal future label could be "Eco-Friendly Vegan Fashion" or "Ethical Eco-Fashion." This would communicate the idea of a product that is not only good for the environment but also respects and values the lives of animals. It would also emphasize the importance of ethical production practices, such as using sustainable, natural materials and avoiding toxic chemicals.
So what has Vegan Fashion to do with a Vegan Diet?
The roots are the same, but the outcome is very different. A vegan diet might not suit every human being for whatever personal reason. Nevertheless, wearing and buying Vegan Fashion has no side effects on our health. On the contrary, if we combine the key elements discussed above, we can be sure that no harmful chemicals touch our skin. Fashion items today made of plant-based vegan leather are so well produced, you cannot see or feel the difference from animal leather. Even smelling them, gives the impression of a typical leather smell. They often look longer new and don't get that quick dirty. Even white sneakers look almost brand new for a very long time.