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15 Apr '16

Four Thoughts About Vegan Clothing

Posted by Unicorn Goods

When I first went down the vegetarian path, it was hard enough barreling through the taunts of how much I would miss bacon. When I first went vegan, though, getting dressed in the morning became a whole new challenge. Not only were my friends Snapchatting me pictures of their greasy bacon breakfasts, but they were Instagramming scenes of a white winter wonderland. Their favorite part about the winter time? Cozy, wool sweaters. What is a vegan girl to do?

NUMBER 1: Find the right shops

Dear Goods in Germany, credit Times They Changin

This hits the top of my list because every recommendation for a vegan friendly clothing spot has led me to largely hipster and sometimes overpriced shop. I have nothing against stores that sell glass pipes and faux Indian attire, but I do like to be dressed like one of the many James Bond ladies. Speaking of style...

NUMBER 2: What’s with all the hippie clothing?

Astral Nomads

While I personally love wearing long skirts and flowing shirts, this is not everyone’s style, and if you live in much colder climates, you can’t spend every day dressed like a California girl. Vegans are everywhere. We still need sweaters and boots and jackets and scarves. Heck, we still want our leather jackets (fake, of course). There is a large variety in styles among non-vegan clothing, but very little variety to be found in the vegan department. When I do find ethically made threads, they often break the bank. We need more clothes and they need to be affordable.

NUMBER 3: Ethically made clothing

Inspired Economist

I personally prefer zero suffering in my clothing--this means that child labor and sweatshops are out of the question. This does make shopping more difficult, but it also forces me as a consumer to think about what I buy. Were the people who made my clothing fairly compensated for their work? Does this company ever participate in the sweatshop industry, or are they 100% fair trade? Do they support organizations that fight against some sort of social issue? On top of all that, are they animal product free

NUMBER 4: Purchase with purpose

The Made In America Movement

I am careful about what I buy. I believe the less I have materially, the more I have soulfully. I used to buy clothes without a second thought, but overtime, and through veganism, I moved to a more educated way of buying. Am I buying this jacket because it will keep me warm? Or am I buying it because it keeps me warm, protects the environment, decreases suffering, and looks stylish? I like the most bang out of my buck, and that usually is measured by the impact that my purchase has on not just my life, but the many other lives connected to it.

By: Marta Gravier

fair trade opinion

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