Today I have a guest blogger - let's welcome Clara from The Vashion Blogg.
HI! My name is Clara and I am an animal friendly fashion blogger. Amina and I met during a sustainable fashion event in Gothenburg and decided to stay in touch. Today I am doing a guest post at sustainableluxury.se – so exciting! I have always been in to fashion, and my animal friendly fashion journey began two years ago when I became vegan. I realized that I didn´t know how and where I could find animal friendly clothes and products, and that´s why I started my blog the vashion blogg (vegan fashion = vashion).
The animal industry is today one of the main reasons for climate change and pollution. The big scale industry makes it impossible to control the animal keeping, and often the animals in the fashion industry are raised under terrible conditions in countries with bad or no animal rights laws.
Leather tanning is dirty and toxic, and this is also mostly conducted in countries with deficient laws. The humans working in this industry does so under slave like conditions, often makes under minimum wage and develop cancer and other serious deceases because of the toxins they are exposed to.
All these are strong arguments for becoming a more conscious and animal friendly consumer. But how to begin? Don´t worry, here are my best tips on how to start your animal friendly shopping.
1. Avoid buying animal materials. You can still shop from the same brands and stores as you are used to, but avoid anything that is made from animal materials and choose other options instead. Here are some examples of none-animal friendly materials:
Here is a more extensive list of non-animal friendly materials, and here is list of materials that are animal friendly.
2. Shop small-scale. Smaller brands are, compared to the giants, often more ethically and environmentally aware. They are likely to have fewer suppliers and closer relationship to these, which makes it easier to control and affect the manufacturing process and the materials. There are examples from the big fashion brands where so called fake leather have proven to be cat- and dog skin. As consumers we have to ask ourselves: Do I trust this company? Are they in full control of their products?