Guide to Vegan Products
Difference between "cruelty-free" and "vegan" labels
It may surprise you to find out that these two terms are not interchangeable. An item labeled cruelty-free was not tested on animals, but it still may contain animal-derived ingredients. An item labeled as vegan does not contain animal-derived ingredients, but it may have been tested on animals. It is best to look for items that are labeled both cruelty-free and vegan!
To find a list of cruelty-free brands as of January 2020 click here. You can also filter this list to only show 100% vegan brands.
You may also want to download the app Cruelty-Cutter. You can use the app to scan an item and find out about the companies animal testing status.
Animals Are Not Fabric
Animals have no place in the fashion or textile industries. Humans have absolutely no reason to use animal furs, feathers or skins as fabrics today.
There are numerous sustainable, compassionate alternatives on the market that do not cause harm to animals.
Materials Made from Animals:
Leather, Suede, Calfskin, Sheepskin - Hides from animals
Down - Goose or duck feathers
Wool - Hair from sheep
Fur - Hair from animals
Silk - Fiber that silkworms weave to make their cocoons
Always check the label of any item you are buying.
Tip for Avoiding Leather Shoes
To find out what material a shoe is made from check the inside of the shoe or bottom for a sticker that looks like this:
Note: Many non-vegan brands do have vegan options! Steve Madden, The North Face, DKNY, ADIDAS, and Columbia are just a few of MANY that offer options for vegans! Just remember to check the label!