This is a issue which is very close to me heart. I have been a vegetarian for 15 years now and I always thought I was pretty aware of the issues. But it was only when I traded at an Animal Aid fayre in London last December, I realised that not only is it about what we eat but also about what we wear that matters. Yes it has taken me this long for the penny to drop!
So what do we mean when we say vegan clothing? Can clothing actually be vegan?Yes it can!
Many animal products are used to make clothing, shoes, and other accessories for human consumption and these, like the parts that are eaten, are not considered vegan.
Vegan clothing also means that there is concern and attention paid to how the clothing has been manufactured. Vegans do not want to purchase products whose manufacturing involves the exploitation of workers, especially children.
And vegans are generally not too happy about wearing pesticides or chemicals either. Polar fleece, for example, is made from petroleum – eeew! – and conventional cotton uses about 24% of all pesticides made in the entire world!
None of our clothing at BohoHemp uses animal products and we are fairtrade and organic so by its very nature is vegan. No more leather Doctor Martin boots for me (ahhh shame I do like my boots) but there are plenty of very funky alternatives that will give you and me just as much, if not more pleasure.