Let’s dive into the world of veganism real quick, and why it matters in your wardrobe. We’ll explore the definition of veganism, what it means to be “vegan”, the depths of the meaning, how you can support animal welfare through your wardrobe, and just a lil more on these topics and the importance of it all…
What it means to be Vegan
There’s a lot of components around being vegan. Veganism is truly a lifestyle, and you can be considered vegan in all areas or particular ones. The vegan definition according to google is: a person who does not eat or use animal products.
There are some who follow a strict vegan diet, while others follow a vegan lifestyle, or consider themselves vegan in their clothing, activities, etc.
The Depths of Veganism
We can get pretty deep into all the different areas of veganism and what they entail.
Let’s first dive into the vegan diet. This simply means you do not eat any animal products or byproducts. This means staying away from all meet, dairy, eggs, literally ANYTHING that comes from an animal. With the growing awareness on what goes behind the scenes when making foods containing animal products like all of the animal brutality cases involving factory farming, more and more people are becoming vegans, and more awareness and animal activism is being created as well.
There is also the vegan lifestyle that steps outside of just having a strict vegan diet. This means not supporting ANYTHING that uses animals. This ranges from not wearing animal products, not supporting animal derived furniture (or any other animal derived products) and not supporting entertainment that uses / abuses animals. If you have ever watched Earthlings, it gives you a great framework as to why there are avid supporters of living a vegan lifestyle.
There are also many ethical reasons people support veganism. There is the whole part of the cruelty side and how much animals suffer for our human needs, there is the environmental side which is a huge component, especially when you learn about how toxic it is to create leather and fur for the environment and water ways, and then there is the health side, both mentally and physically. The healthy side ties into mostly having a vegan diet, but it can also incorporate vegan lifestyle with just knowing that you aren’t contributing to the brutality that animals endure.
How having a Vegan Wardrobe helps save animals
It really shows how much you don’t know or are exposed to until you start researching causes you care about, at least in my experience. if you’re both an animal lover and a fashion lover like us Strawbana babes, you’re gonna want to pay close attention to this little bit right here.
Aniamal derived textiles means the suffering and torturing of animals, in most if not all cases. If you switch to sustainable vegan textiles, you will not only help your health and the environment’s health, but also help save millions of animals that suffer and are brutilly killed every year for their furs and skins.
Examples of non-vegan clothing & what it supports
Have you ever thought about what exactly you’re supporting when you purchase animal derived clothing, such as fur and leather? Yeah, let’s get into that a little bit.
- 85% of the fur industry’s come from animals on fur factory farms. These types of farms house thousands of animals, and along with the rest of factory farms, are solely designed to maximize profits with little care or concern for the environment or the animals involved.
- Every article of clothing that is made of fur – from full coats to to the bits of trim – causes an animal tremendous suffering, and took away an innocent life whether coming from an animal on a fur farm or one trapped in the wild.
- Thankfully, many large designers and brands are cutting fur out of their designs, including Versace.
- Leather can be made from numerous animals, including cows, pigs, goats, sheep, alligators, ostriches, kangaroos, even dogs and cats. They are all slaughtered for their meat and skin in China, which then exports their skins around the world.
- Because leather is normally not labeled, you never know where (or whom) it came from.
- Sheep – like all other living entities – feel pain, fear and loneliness. They are unfortunately treated no more than woo-producing machines since there is a wide market for their fleece and skins. If they were left alone and not genetically manipulated, sheep would be left alone and grow just enough wool to protect themselves from temperature extremes.
Veganize your closet
If you have any animal derived clothing items such as leather and fur, don’t be too hard on yourself. The truth is a lot to take in at times, but just be glad that you are aware! We grew up being surrounded by leather products and items that consist of fur without even second guessing what goes into them and what sort of animal brutality goes on behind the scenes.
Also, something to be mindful of: Just because you’re closet is vegan, doesn’t mean it’s eco-friendly. There are many vegan textiles that ar very toxicly made and harmful to our precious Mama Earth. These include many synthetic textiles that use toxic chemicals and are made with microplastics such as polyester. This is why it is best to stick with organic textiles when possible.
There are some awesome, environmentally friendly options to leather and fur in today’s day and age now, thanks to designers, innovators, and animal lovers. There are many designers and companies that create fur free furs and vegan leathers that are created twith zero harm to the environment and to animals. With growing awareness on the environment and animal brutality, we are starting to see very awesome, well made alternatives to animal derived textiles.
Look for vegan textiles the next time you are shopping. And if you are ever in doubt, simply just ask, or don’t purchase. 🙂