9 tips to shop animal-free
Use this guide to make sure that something you found and really like is also animal-free.
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Check the description of used fabrics. The most known animal-based materials like leather, wool are easy to recognize. But there are much more fabrics that are also non-vegan, such as moire, pongee etc.
Check this list of vegan/non-vegan fabrics.
2. Brand label
Some brands use leather/suede to make their brand label. For example, Fjallraven jackets have a leather fox logo.
3. Patch and belt loops
Leather patch may occur on the back of jeans. Also leather might be used in a belt loop, e.g. Alexander Wang uses one leather belt loop as their tag in this skirt.
Occasionally, especially in outerwear, a zipper might have a pull tab made from leather.
Even if clothes are made from synthetic or other animal-free material, there still might be a silk lining.
Silk is not a vegan fabric, here is why.
6. Sole, inner sole and inner lining of shoes
Many brands use leather and shearling for inner part of shoes, and it might not be mentioned in description.
For example, Joshua Sanders sandals have leather lining that is not obvious.
7. Outside part and details of shoes
Suede, leather, shearling might be used for heel/toe parts or linings, as well as some small details such as logo.
8. Don't hesitate to ask customer service
When you shop online or you just not 100% sure that product you chose is animal-free, ask customer service for assistance.
9. Be against cruelty
Don't buy anything that has animal-based fabrics, even a small detail counts. Something tiny that you might even take of, in general still cause a demand of cruelty. The key point is not only avoid wearing such materials, but do not shop them.