Is Animal Friendly Clothing Possible…?
Are you concerned with pet cruelty or exploitation?
What are the best ways to dress if you want to use Animal-Friendly Clothing?
We receive questions like this on a fairly consistent basis, although this site is not a site about vegetarianism; we just like to highlight green issues in an informative and hopefully entertaining way.
So, with that in mind here’s a short post on the subject of dressing in a more eco-friendly way.
If you have ever wondered or worried about what effects the food you eat, and the clothing you wear have on the animals they come from, then read on…
- Discover the right animal friendly clothing store. You might choose to purchase your animal-friendly clothing from a business that does not participate in the sale of any animal-based items. Simply make certain that the business or store you pick engages in practices that you find ethical and with which you are comfortable. Do not be afraid to do your research and ask questions about the origin, manufacture and processing of the shop’s clothing.
- Look for standards online. For example, PETA has an on-line buying guide for those consumers who wish to purchase animal-friendly clothes.
- Vegan shoes can be purchased from lots of business. Make certain the shoes are actually labeled “vegan” – that way, you know that no pet products whatsoever were used. Typing “vegan shoes” or “vegan shoes” into your web browser will produce lots of results. Remember that “organic” or “natural” are not identified with “vegan.” An organic or natural shoe could still contain pet products, such as natural leather or goose down.
- Search for plant-based products such as hemp, bamboo, jute, cork, and cotton.
- Think about faux leather – it looks like the real thing, however; it’s animal-friendly and less expensive than “real” leather. In some cases it is sold under the name “pleather.”.
- Review the tags before you purchase. It is difficult to tell from the appearance or feel alone whether a product is animal-friendly, and often just a small portion of the clothing – say the buttons – are animal-based.
- Avoid down-filled jackets and coats, and products such as angora, wool, cashmere, and accessories made from pearl or horn (such as buttons).
- Be aware of “hidden” animal harm – even if a clothes product is not animal-based itself, the practices utilized to produce the clothing might be damaging to animals. For example, cotton may appear like an animal-friendly selection, but if wildlife habitat is destroyed to plant cotton crops, then it has a damaging impact on animals. Make sure that the clothes you are purchasing is made from product that did not use animals or animal items in the manufacturing or manufacturing procedures.
I hope that this short post helps you to clarify the situation regarding animal friendly clothing, there is lots of information on the web on this subject, Wikipedia is usually a good place to start looking.