As a cruelty-free beauty brand, we are all about living a beautiful, meaningful, luxurious life in harmony with all other creatures on this planet. We believe in #beautywithoutsacrifice wholeheartedly – you CAN have effective, beautifully packaged products that are non-toxic, sustainable, and always, always cruelty-free.
We are now working on applying this mindset to every other area of our lives and we’d love to take you on this journey with us! We’ve had lots of fun (and may have spent lots of $$ shopping online) doing our research and finding the best cruelty-free, vegan swaps for our fave fashion items.
We started at the most obvious place – leather. This includes shoes, bags, wallets, jackets, and belts. We wanted to find luxurious, beautifully designed options that were 100% free of animal products.
A little bit of background on the options available:
The most common leather substitute is PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) which, though it’s vegan, is also damaging to the environment. The next most common option is PU (polyurethane), which is a more sustainable option, though still raises some environmental concerns.
Some new options we found that are both cruelty-free and eco-friendly are:
- Slate stone
- Mushroom leather
- Recycled rubber
- Tree bark leather
- Waxed cotton
- Apple fibers
- Pinatex – leaves from leftover pineapples
- Recycled Tires
- Agave plant
- Teak leaves
From left to right: Mushroom leather from mycoworks.com & Piñatex leather, brand: Ananas Anam
Depending on the look you're going for, there is a cruelty-free option for it! Keep your eyes out for the mushroom leather - it's not quite on the market yet, but when it is, it looks amazing! Other standouts for us: Piñatex, made from pineapple waste! How amazing is that?
Read on for our favorite finds in many different materials:
Handbags, purses, wallets
Vegan & Eco-friendly: Veggani
Luxe & Classic: Angela Roi
Feminine, vegan, and sustainable: Gunas
Gorgeous essentials in every shape: Pink Stix
Watch for the new brand, Happy Genie in the coming months. Their products will be 'apple leather' - made from the wasted material from juicing apples.
Beautiful basics made from Pineapple waste: Bourgeois Boheme
Your perfect comfy & stylish pump: Veerah
Fun, glittery, unique finds: Beyond Skin
The most obvious fashion swaps are fur and leather. However, there are many others animal-derived materials that we can easily swap out:
- Camel hair
If you are mainly focused on animal-welfare, there are many inexpensive, synthetic options like rayon, acrylic, and nylon. To combine your love for animals with your love for the environment, look for: organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, and linen.
Ultra-chic & comfortable: Ethi Collective
Beautiful basics: Ahimsa (means non-violence in Sanskrit)
All Organic Clothing: Synergy
Looking for more info? Good on You is a great app to help you find sustainable, cruelty-free fashion + recommend brands that align with your style and values.
We hope you enjoyed roaming the world of cruelty-free fashion with us!
Wishing you love, laughter, and lots o'lashes
-The Plume Team <3