Guide to Vegan Products
Difference Between "Cruelty-Free" and "Vegan" Labels
It may surprise you to find out that the terms "cruelty-free" and "vegan"are not interchangeable.
The label cruelty-free means an item was not tested on animals, but it still may contain animal ingredients. An item labeled as vegan does not contain animal ingredients, but it may actually have been tested on animals. It's best to look for items that are labeled both cruelty-free and vegan!
You can find a list of cruelty-free brands as of January 2020 here. You can filter the list to only show 100% vegan brands.
Download the app Cruelty-Cutter to scan an item in real time to find out about the company's animal testing status.
Animals Are Not Fabric
Animals have no place in the fashion industry, and we have absolutely no reason to use animal furs, feathers, or skins as fabrics today. There are numerous alternatives on the market that are not made from animals.
Materials made from animals include:
Leather, Suede, Calfskin, Sheepskin - Animal skin
Down - Goose or duck feathers
Wool - Hair from sheep
Fur - Hair from animals
Silk - Fiber that silkworms weave to make their cocoons
Always be sure to double check the label of any item you're thinking about buying.
How to Tell if Shoes Are Leather
To find out what material a shoe is made from check the inside or bottom of the shoe for a sticker that looks like the image below.
= Man-made materials
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Note: Many non-vegan brands do have vegan options! Steve Madden, The North Face, DKNY, ADIDAS, and Columbia are just a few of the MANY companies that offer options for vegans. Just remember to check the label.