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Choosing vegan clothing might appear to be daunting at first. You have to carefully look at the materials that you never thought about before, such as the glue that holds your shoe together.
Fabric and shoe adhesives can have casein, gelatin, beeswax, or other animal products that would make them non-vegan appropriate.
The good news is that there are a lot of vegan clothing options available in the mainstream market today. Let's take a look at my guide on the best vegan clothing brands on the market today.
Will's Vegan Shoes is best known for its incredible cruelty-free vegan leather footwear. The vegan leather is created with bio oil sourced from organic crops in Europe. It is soft, breathable, and water-resistant.
They also use vegan suede made in Italy and Spain. I was most impressed that they used recycled rubber to make their insoles.
They advocate for sustainable fashion, hence, no plastic in any of their products, even in their packaging.
Instead, they use materials that are environment-friendly and recyclable. They also invest in renewable energy projects to ensure their products are carbon neutral.
PETA awarded the Vegan Fashion Award to Save the Duck, so you know that they don't use animal products while still providing top of the line fashion. In this case, Save the Duck received recognition for their coats.
The coats contain Plumtech thermal insulation that mimics down feathers while being cruelty-free. Plumtech is even better than down feathers because the material insulates heat even when it's wet.
It's a high-quality jacket that protects against the wind while still being breathable. Also, the material dries up quickly.
If you’re into basic, timeless pieces, you sure can find something from Etiko. This Australian brand sells shirts, shoes, underwear, and workout clothes that are made from 100% organic cotton.
It also implements fair trade practices, making sure that their products aren’t only friendly to the environment, but to the people working behind them as well.
What’s unique with this brand is its “take back” program, where they recycle preloved Etiko footwear into outdoor furniture.
They also do custom printing for shirts, bags, hoodies, and other apparel, so if you’re looking for personalized items that are 100% ethical, you might want to check them out.
Free trade is one of the biggest concerns for vegans. Bearing this in mind, No Nasties is the perfect clothing brand for men, women, and kids, and their products range from skirts to dresses to hoodies to different types of tees.
No Nasties claims that all their products are made from 100% organic cotton, are free of GMO seeds and toxic chemicals, and, most importantly, are fair trade. This includes no child labor, no worker exploitation, and no unsafe factories.
And of course, there are no animal skins or products in their clothing. For instance, buttons on the products are made from coconut shells.
Jeans are all I wear, and it gets me frustrated every time they get completely worn out only after months of use. I’m glad that Monkeegenes has some of the best quality jeans on the vegan market today. Their jeans are 100% plant-based, from the organic cotton material to the compostable mailing bags.
They have various styles available, from straight leg to slim fit and skinny. I also like their sweatshirt collection. I find the pieces very fashionable and easy to mix and match.
Matt & Nat is a luxury vegan brand that has been loved by brand ambassadors like Olivia Wilde, Charlize Theron, Emily Deschanel, and more.
They use no animal products and recycle materials as much as possible.
Their items are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, rubber, and recycled nylon.
Their signature trademark is their vegan leathers used to make their high-quality bags.
Bhava is another vegan shoe brand dedicated to sustainable fashion.
They use organic cotton linings, hand-painted embossed cork, and premium recycled microfibers to create their footwear.
Despite the non-traditional materials, their shoes are very durable. They make sure to test them out on the streets of New York City for comfort and stability.
Their collection includes heels, sandals, and winter boots. Even though vegan apparel tends to be more expensive in general, you will pay premium prices for these footwear.
Ethical WARES has a broad selection of vegan apparel, from footwear and clothing to guitar straps and wind chimes (I know, so random!). Their goal is to supply lasting lifestyle pieces without the cruelty.
I personally enjoy the prints on their hoodies and sweatshirts, and the faux leather satchel can be a lovely vegan gift item for Christmas, too. But what I appreciate most is that they also sell statement items that support animal rights.
This family-run brand is based in Wales, UK but ships worldwide.
Supporting eco-friendly apparel doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality and style. This is what Monkeyglasses stands for - creating sustainable and fashionable eyewear suitable for any age.
Their eyeglasses are made from biodegradable raw materials, and even the eyewear hard case is made from recycled paper and can. Additionally, they also support socially responsible manufacturing guidelines.
The brand also carries unique jewelry pieces made from recycled materials, keeping true to its zero-waste philosophy. They are available in over a hundred of resellers all across Europe, and in a span of a decade, has become one of the well-known sustainable eyewear brands in the market.
Don't let the name mislead you; Vegetarian Shoes is 100% vegan. They offer footwear for both men and women.
Even though their primary dedication is to produce vegan footwear, they try to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
They use polyester, cotton, organic hemp, polyurethane leather and other synthetic materials. They even take care of the glue they use since the European community uses more water-based adhesives to help the environment.
Pact is known for its organic cotton collection. They mostly sell pajamas, underwear, and shirts. Bedding and bath items are also available online.
Organic cotton is not only vegan; it's also good for the environment. Using organic cotton uses 95% less water and doesn't contain any harsh chemicals, bleaches, or dyes that are commonly found in conventional cotton.
The fabric is soft beyond belief; you'll feel comfy wearing them. Also, among the other vegan apparel companies in the market, Pact is one of the most affordable.
Alternative apparel has options for women, men, and youth. They sell every apparel item imaginable, which is all vegan and sustainable for the environment.
They use materials like organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles. They do more than just ensure high-quality, ethical fabric.
They also make their production process as environmentally-friendly as possible. They use low-impact dyes, water-conserving washes, and biodegradable fabric softeners. They also cater to different budgets with affordable and more expensive options available.
In terms of apparel, The Ultimate Green Store only sells pajamas, bathrobes, and t-shirts.
They use plant-based fabrics like organic cotton and bamboo for their items.
They also use eco-friendly dyes. They carry a bunch of other products that are centered around being friendlier to the environment in some way.
Overall, I think these items are a bit pricey, and they also don't have a lot of options.
Toad & Co is a popular vegan brand with items like shirts, pants, jumpers, and dresses.
For vegan apparel, I think this brand is stylish and not as expensive compared to its competitors.
They create high-quality clothing with organic cotton, recycled fibers, and other sustainable materials.
The brand focuses solely on plant-based and human-made materials.
Unicorn Goods is the ultimate online shop that sells everything that you could possibly wear. In fact, their tagline is "The world's largest vegan store."
They offer vegan shoes, bags, coats, wallets, skincare, and more. People love the variety when they shop here.
In terms of apparel style, they offer everything from affordable to designer labels. If an item is listed on Unicorn Goods, they have done everything possible to ensure that it is vegan and cruelty-free. They are a PETA-Approved Vegan vendor, so you can trust their listings.
Trikona is one of the few luxury brands that’s entirely vegan. The brand commits to creating luxurious Swiss watches without resorting to animal cruelty. The focus is on being sustainable and earth-friendly.
Their fashionable watches use the well known Italian Alcantara straps, a prestigious vegan material that’s durable, fire-resistant, and most of all, comfortable.
The brand is relatively new (they were established in 2019) and they are still to release more collections in the future. Their pieces are timeless yet unique and can complete any ensemble from casual to formal.
When it comes to eco-friendly fashion, my favorites are cotton and hemp. Cotton because it’s easily available, and hemp because of the breathability.
Hempton is one of my go-to brands for basic tees. Their shirts are made from organic hemp and cotton. They are comfortable, stylish, and easy to mix and match with jeans or shorts.
Hempton uses European Union approved dyes for their colored pieces, making sure that they minimize waste in as many areas of production as they can.
Some materials that are not vegan-friendly include:
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Some materials that are appropriate for the vegan lifestyle include:
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According to PETA, easy to determine if your clothes are vegan. Every clothing item has a tag that shows what materials were used to make that item. Search for categories like lining, outer shell, upper, and quilting (1).
If you can't find a materials list, then take a look at the "Care Instruction" tag. Most vegan materials like synthetics and cotton can be used in the washing machine, while animal materials will need to be dry-cleaned.
You should also take care to notice any material that gets listed as a blend. A cotton/wool blend, for example, is not an option for the vegan lifestyle.
Fashion is more than what you're wearing. But if you're wearing vegan from head to toe, your true self will shine through.
Benazir Suraiya, Fashion Expert
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As surprising as it is, some of the best vegan clothing brands available are already commercially accessible. They will be great gifts for your vegan friends.
There are a lot of great options for every clothing item that you need. I am most impressed with Will's Vegan Shoes. They became one of my favorites because they are genuinely committed to sustainable and ethical fashion.
They have high-quality footwear with every detail analyzed to ensure that it's the best option for the planet and animals. If you want to shop their vegan shoe line, visit their website.