It’s Sydney Fashion week this week so it’s the perfect time to think about cruelty in fashion. The entire week our city will be littered with pose worthy items from high end designers, and often that (sadly) means animal skin and fur.
I remember being very little in Croatia and my stylish mum having a fur coat, it was a symbol of wealth back in those days. We used to go to Italy for the finest shoes, all leather, and anything else was considered inferior. Now I look back on that and all I see is unimaginable cruelty.
I think the same way about leathers, snake skin, wool, cashmere, angora, feathers, down and silk. I can’t stand to wear any of these anymore, after finding out how they are all made. Animal hair is also present in our makeup brushes and most recently in fake eyelash extensions – and I bet you these are harvested from animals under duress.
When you’re wearing leather you are wearing someone else’s skin. Torn from the body of a corpse, it is then transformed into shoes, handbags and clothes, which are served to you with the word ‘genuine’ and ‘quality’. The whole process is genuinely heartbreaking and the only quality in this entire process was the innocent soul that once resided in that body.
Approximately 3,000 silkworms die to make a pound of silk. Usually they are boiled alive and while they can’t scream to show their distress, they produce endorphins and have a physical response to pain. Just imagine being boiled alive – how horrible!!
Cashmere is produced by goats, the soft hair on their underbelly is harvested to make clothing. They are kept in miserable conditions and often tortured, dehydrated and starved. Don’t even get me started on wool, feathers and furs – this entire part of the industry is genuinely sadistic.
With so many cruelty free options available – bamboo, cotton, linen, hemp, and synthetic materials – why would you inflict so much suffering with your fashion choices? We don’t live int ribes, this ain’t Game of Thrones people – so please make a better choice for the sake of millions of innocent lives.
Don’t know where to start? You can always turn to a few of our favourite vegan labels for your clothing and accessories, and make your style choice completely cruelty free.
Vegan clothing and footwear labels
Main image – handbag by Matt and Nat