The fashion sector, like the food industry, is responsible for the horrific torture and killing of billions of livestock every year. There is no need to explain how deadly the fur and leather industries are, and how brutal the wool industry is. There’s a large price paid for any non-vegan fashion piece you purchase, and it’s the life of an innocent animal. Thankfully, there are alternatives that are cruelty-free, trendy, and stunning in any sense of the word. Vegan products are an animal-free alternative to traditional non-vegan products.
It’ s no secret that vegan fashion is growing and growing fast. Veganism is ever-growing and vegans are not just searching for vegan food, but they are also searching for vegan clothing. More than ever before, retailers want to sell expansive varieties of vegan apparel options, because of higher demand. But they are posing new obstacles because sustainable fashion is not only about avoiding leather and fur, but also other forms of plastic, various colors, and animal-derived chemicals. Despite several existing tests, retailers believe that there is currently no method to reliably prove the existence of animal-derived ingredients in goods that would also encourage consistency across the supply chain.
This suggests the manufacturers will need to go back to their suppliers to pose the right questions regarding the raw material supplies in order to test them separately. But where they will start? And what they will ask?
Below is the Veganism Fashion guideline which will help brands to guarantee “vegan fashion items are 100% cruelty-free” and to give buyers real trust that every vegan product can be bought with confidence.
The guideline starts with a rather detailed questionnaire diagram, which advises the brands about the items to be tested by checking both internally and of suppliers to ensure that the products are vegan.
- The first step is to test the scope: would the substance you choose to mark as “vegan” provide an option to a product that might otherwise include animal-derived materials? When it doesn’t don’t mark it as such, but test the components if it does: what is the product made of? Will you have a full description of the fabrics, adhesives, and chemical additives used in the product and its components? If you don’t, gather the details you need.
- If you have a comprehensive list of the details you need, search the “risk areas” to see whether some of the fabrics, adhesives, or additives known to be ‘high risk’ have animal-derived ingredients in them.
- When any of the materials, adhesives, or additives used to fall in the ‘high risk’ range, require the supplier to include a list of ingredients, a check or a declaration, and if they can’t, a substitute for high-risk ingredients. When the substitution is not possible, do not label as a vegan.
- Unless you are not in the ‘high risk’ range for products, adhesive, or chemicals, make sure that there is ample evidence that the product, its components, adhesive, and chemicals used in the product do not involve animal-derived ingredients and that the evidence is readily accessible if requested.
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