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Sustainable Vegan Bags - WHAT IS VEGAN LEATHER?

VEGAN BAGS

ETHICAL & SUSTAINABLE FASHION

 

Nowadays, there are quite a few fashion brands all over the world making vegan bags, it's not difficult to find them, it's also not too difficult to find a great variety of designs and styles. 
However, it becomes a bit more difficult when you are trying to find a bag that is vegan and also ethically made, eco-friendly and sustainable.

 

First thing to consider:

WHAT IS VEGAN LEATHER

"Many major vegan leather brands claim their products are made of ‘eco friendly’ PU (Polyurethane) microfibers, used because their ‘feel’ is similar to that of leather, and it can be imprinted with grains that mimic suede and natural skins. But make no mistake–there is no such thing as ‘eco friendly’ PU.

In the production of microfiber-based synthetics, textiles and polymers are often layered together and compressed several times through metal rollers, then submersed in a coagulation solution to solidify. This chemical process requires excessive levels of toxic substances like dimethylformamide, which has also been linked to cancer and birth defects, and acetic acid, high doses of which can damage skin and eyes."

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"Despite these eco-horrors, many eco-warriors find vegan leather production even worse. For example, the manufacture and incineration of PVC-based synthetics produce one of the most toxic chemicals known to man: dioxins. Found in almost every single modern human’s body, dioxins promote developmental disturbances and increase cancer risks tenfold.

Since plastic-based synthetics don’t fully biodegrade, they produce micro-particles that are ingested by animals and thus enter the food chain at all levels: even Arctic polar bears have been found to have dioxins in their bloodstream. When it does break down, vegan leather releases phthalates—initially added as a softening agent—which subsequently enter the food chain and the atmosphere, causing breathing problems, breast cancers, hormonal disruptions and birth defects."

-Eluxe Magazine

 

Want some more info? 
https://eluxemagazine.com/magazIne/what-the-heck-is-vegan-leather/
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-dark-side-to-vegan-leather-is-far-from-ethical-20170314-guxkn4.html


SO THE QUESTION IS...

Are we helping animals by choosing a bag that is not made of leather but microfiber instead?

Yes, of course we are!

But...are we helping the environment too?

The answer is...no.

And also...something very important! Are we paying for a bag that has been made by happy workers? Workers that get the right salary wages and conditions?


Sometimes we just want to make our purchase easy and feel good by knowing that we are supporting a vegan brand that cares about animals, however sometimes we just need to spend an extra minute trying to find that item that really ticks all the ethical boxes. It will be always your choice, but you need to know that it is a choice!

 

To help you in this search we created Velvety

An ethical, sustainable and of course vegan store that will make your eco vegan purchases easier! At Velvety you can find a selective range of bags, wallets, backpacks and more
that are handmade, ethically manufactured and sustainable. We do not carry bags made of 100% vegan leather, we only carry bags made of cork, upcycled materials, real leaves and pineapple leather. We care about animals, the people and the environment
and that's why we decided to only focus on real eco-friendly bags and accessories.

Have a look at our range and get inspired by colours, materials and textures :)

Vegan cork cutches

CLUCTHES

MADE OF CORK, LEAF LEATHER & UPCYCLED MATERIALS

pinatex bags

BAGS & HANDBAGS

MADE OF PINATEX, CORK, LEAF LEATHER & UPCYCLED MATERIALS

Vegan backpacks

BACKPACKS

MADE OF ALL SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

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GIFTS FOR VEGANS

12 Ethical & Vegan gift ideas | Vegan fashion guide Australia


 12 ETHICAL & VEGAN GIFT IDEAS FOR MEN & WOMEN AUSTRALIA

- VEGAN FASHION GUIDE -

 

Choosing the perfect vegan gift for someone you love isn't always easy, also trying to find the best ethical and also vegan gift can be really difficult!

That's why at Velvety, we want to help you to find the best ethical & vegan products for those you really care giving you free access to this beautiful guide and list of vegan gifts ideas.

We guarantee that all the products you are going to find here are vegan, but also cruelty free, fair trade, handmade, some of them made of organic cotton or upcycled materials, and of course, ethical and sustainable.

At Velvety we care about products that respect humans, animals and the planet.


soy candles

1. Velvety Eco Soy Candles

Vegan candles hand made using organic vegan wax in Bunyip,

Australia.

The perfect gift for those who enjoy natural & charming goods.


vegan-jewellery

2. Vegan Jewelry

Handmade jewelry for those who love creative but also sustainable accessories.


vegan-wallets

3. Vegan Wallets for Women

Ethical wallets made from the most sustainable materials such as cork, real leaves, pineapple leather and more.


vegan wallets

4. Vegan Wallets for Men

Ethical wallets made from the most sustainable materials such as cork, real leaves, pineapple leather and more.


ORGANIC COTTON + FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED SOCKS - Handmade in Germany

5. Organic Cotton Socks

Vegan, fair trade and organic cotton socks for men and women.

The perfect gift for compassionate creative people.


recycled notebook

6. ECO ACCESSORIES

Sustainable belts, notebooks, beanies, scarves and more.

Surprise some one with a notebook made of leaves!


organic-clothing

7. Sustainable Clothing for Women

Eco-friendly clothing brands for those women that love wearing organic and fairly made garments.


vegan-handbags

8. Vegan Handbags

Vegan but also sustainable and ethically made bags made from real eco materials such as pinatex, leaves, cork or upcycled garments.

Surprise her with a unique environmentally friendly bag!


organic-trunks

9. Organic Men's Underwear

Fair trade and organic underwear for the men you love!

Great quality and affordable prices!


vegan beauty box

10. Vegan Beauty

Unique curated selection of Australian made skin products and gifts boxes.

Perfect for those women that love natural and non toxic/nasty products.


vegan backpacks

11. Vegan Backpacks

Vegan but also handmade upcycled backpacks totally unique!

A fantastic gift for adventurous people!


vegan clutches

12. Vegan Clutches & Purses

Creative, sustainable and of course vegan!

Perfect for Summer, parties and events!


Find more awesome ethical and vegan products on

www.velvety.com.au

Your store for sustainable fashion, beauty and more!

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UPCYCLING | SUSTAINABLE FASHION | UPCYCLED VEGAN BAGS BY RECLAIM

At Velvety, we are so proud to carry beautiful sustainable brands such as RECLAIM.

Reclaim is an ethical brand from the UK making cool bags and accessories recycling rubber from tyres. Yes!! You heard right! From TYRES! Would you like to know more about how all this started?

So we hope you enjoy reading this interview!


1. When and why did you start your project/brand Reclaim?

The brand was born whilst I was studying at university, working on a project based around innovation and innovative materials. The rubber material was found when I was exploring the materials that I could use within this project. 

2. Why tyres?

As mentioned the rubber material was something I stumbled upon. I really fell in love with the versatility of the material. It is very tactile, but also a very strong, hard wearing material. The material was also only otherwise going to be discarded so it was a bonus that I could save it and give it a second life.

3. What inspires you to make your designs?

The designs are always based around functionality foremost, but I like to look architecture and structures for inspiration on shape and particularly how they are constructed always interests me. I like to stay in tune with the fashion industry and current trends too. This enables me, I hope, to try and bridge the gap between being able to buy ethically without compromising on contemporary design. I think there are still reservations with ethically produced products and I want to reduce those. 

4. What kind of tyres do you use and where do you get them from?

The rubber material that I use is the inner tubes from the inside of larger tyres, such as tractor and lorry tyres. The bigger the inner tube the better as it then means I have a larger piece of material to use for the patterns. I am really lucky that there is a surplus supply of these tubes at local mechanics so I can always source the material.

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5. Tell us a little bit more about the unique way you have to put together or sew your bags and accessories?

The bags are all put together using a method I have coined the ‘interlocking method’. It involves cutting the patterns in a certain way creating opposing tabs on two sides that will fit together, creating a strong bond. I love using this method because of the interesting t shape design it creates down all the adjoining edges. 

6. Why do you think that up cycling is so important nowadays?

I really believe that we need to move away from the fast-fashion culture and buy products that will last and that can be treasured. I think there is a movement of sustainable designers at the moment, forging the way forward which is fantastic and this needs to continue. 

7. What are your plans for the future?

I have a big love of all accessories and am currently expanding into jewellery pieces which is something that I have wanted to do for a while. I am building the collection at the moment and it will be ready for the SS17 launch in March.

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ETHICAL FASHION AUSTRALIA | SHOP ETHICAL!

Ethical fashion for a new ethical world.

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We are here with a unique purpose....we want to see our societies supporting ethical fashion. We know it isn't going to happen suddenly, but it's something we believe can be done with your help. 

When we started Velvety, we knew there were some people already interested in ethical & cruelty free fashion, people who cared about the environment and the animals, people who also was interested in how those items were made and who made them.

 

THE MOVIE THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING - THE TRUE COST MOVIE

The True Cost Movie helped us to realize that there was a necessity waiting to wake up, this documentary showed the real issues and consequences we support when we decide to buy fast fashion.
For the first time, we could see the reality that nobody talks about. Do you know that people on this planet consume 80 billion pieces of clothing a year? or that the fashion industry we have been supporting is the second largest polluting industry, second only to the oil industry?

However,  as a conscious consumers and also now representing a business that shares ethical values, we want to help you to choose well in order to waste less, giving you the right information and offering you the right ethical alternatives, because we think that beyond a garment there is always a story that deserves to be shared.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

So, you can start right here, deciding to shop at places like Velvety and stop supporting big companies with only one  goal: to make more and more dollars at the cost of workers, animals and the ecosystems of this planet.


Another thing you can do is talk about it! So many people can't change because they don't have the right information to make it happen. 
Spread the news, be a voice for those who don't have one, like the poor people working in third world countries for big companies without rights and also for those animals  that only want to live but instead die for someones clothes. But if you really want to make a change, get  involved by buying ethically from ethical companies like us and this way, start a real social change.

 

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Join us to start the ethical fashion revolution that this world needs! 

See our range on www.velvety.com.au