CategoryClothing

The 10 BEST Vegan Work Boots [Non Leather & Steel/Composite Toe]

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It can be hard finding vegan work boots for men and women that are actually comfortable and work. But they do exist! You just need to know where to look, and be prepared to spend a bit extra. I spent a few hours researching all the non leather and reinforced toe work boot options out there, and this page summarizes the best of the best. I’ve divided it up into men’s and women’s for convenience...

Is Fleece Vegan?

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Fleece a popular fluffy, warm material used in clothing. Up until now, I always thought that fleece came from wool, but I was wrong. Fleece describes a type of material (not a source), and generally is made from polyester. Polyester is a plastic product, which is vegan. However, some fleece is made with a blend. These blends usually contain polyester, as well as cotton, wool, hemp, or rayon. If...

Is Merino Wool Vegan?

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The short answer is no, merino wool, and any type of wool is not vegan. Background: Merino is just a breed of sheep, known for their fine and soft wool. In theory, sheep’s don’t need to get hurt during the sheering process. But like many things, reality differs a lot from theory. Here are the main forms of animal cruelty during the shearing process: Mulesing – When sheep get...

Is Elastane Vegan?

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Rest easy, Elastane is vegan. Elastane, known as spandex in North America, is a polyester-polyurethane copolymer (plastic). It’s made completely in a lab, with no animal ingredients used along the way. Elastane is incredibly stretchy, but is still stronger than materials like rubber. Is Elastane Fabric Vegan? Elastane fabric is made from more than just elastane itself. It’s a...

Is Lace Vegan?

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Lace is not a single material, instead it’s a more of a pattern of delicate fabric. The good news, is that while lace can be made from a wide variety of material, lace is almost always vegan. It’s safe to assume that anything made from lace is vegan, it’s rare to find otherwise. Most of it is made from synthetic fiber like chambray or cambric, which are are both vegan. Some...

Is Rayon Vegan?

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Rayon is a synthetic material that feels  a lot like silk. It’s a fine material that is incredibly smooth, which is why it’s often marketed as “artificial silk” on labels. It’s made from cellulose fiber (from plants), which means that rayon is almost always vegan. The most common source used to extract rayon is wood pulp. You might be able to find some weird unique...

What is PU Leather, and is it Vegan?

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In short, 100% synthetic PU leather is vegan, but many products that say they are made from PU leather are actually not vegan. I understand that sounds confusing. The problem is that overtime, somehow “bicast leather” has become interchangeable with “PU leather”, at least with enough people to matter. There’s a big difference between the 2: 100% PU synthetic leather – Fake leather made only...

The 8 Best Vegan Camera Straps

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You don’t realize how many animal products we use besides food until you actually go vegan. If you’re looking for a vegan camera strap, I’ve rounded up the most popular and highest rated ones. The one catch is that most are only available in the U.S. directly, but you may be able to find the straps offered by photography stores in your country. I’ve ordered them from most expensive to cheapest...

Do Vegans Wear Cotton? Yes, Yes They Do…Here’s Why

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This is a pretty simple question to answer. Cotton comes from a plant that produces nice fluffy cotton. No animals are intentionally harmed in the harvest of cotton, or manufacturing of material with it, so cotton is one of the best material choices for a vegan. If you’d like to learn more about how cotton actually goes from the field to your clothes, here’s a detailed guide...

The 6 Best Vegan Alternatives to Wool Socks

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Wool socks have 2 major things going for them: they’re warm, and they’re comfortable. But there are quite a few vegan alternatives to wool socks that are just as warm or comfortable, and most of them don’t even cost any extra. The most common vegan materials that are used for wool alternatives are: Polyester Bamboo Acrylic Cotton Nylon Most socks are a blend of those, but...