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Vegan fashion isn’t vegan food - How & Where to buy it?

We cannot go through life without buying certain things, no matter how spartan or minimalist we may strive to be there are something things we simply cannot avoid.

Eating being a great example.

The vegan movement is growing rapidly and teaching huge amounts of people every year how they can eat more ethically whilst having less impact on the planet and at the same time reduce the suffering of animals. It’s quite easy to eat vegan in this day and age.


_ VEGAN FOOD VS VEGAN CLOTHING _

Now, we all have to wear clothes, right?

Unfortunately it is harder to wear ethical clothes than it is to eat vegan for a couple of reasons:

  • Firstly: Labelling

Food labelling is very comprehensive and shows every single input that you will consume within that labelled product .    

Clothing simply doesn’t have the same level of accountability when it comes to the make up of your clothes.

Often dyes and glues used in clothing can contain animal products or harsh chemicals, conveniently for the clothing industry the labelling laws mean consumers are blissfully unaware of the impact their clothing choices are making.

This can make sourcing ethical clothing much more difficult than choosing which sandwich has the  better moral consequences.

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  • Secondly: Advertising rules

Anyone can advertise their clothing as “ethical” and people have varying degrees of what ethical is to them, to some businesses it just can be an excuse to increase profit margins.

For example there are a lot of “ethical” products originating from developing countries being pumped out of sweat shops and under slave like conditions, likewise in these developing countries the environmental protections we enjoy in a country like Australia or similar simply do not exist and often harmful practices are used in the manufacturing of these products.

Also “vegan leather” is often cited as being ethical despite it being unsustainable and often produced in questionable conditions.

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So how do consumers ensure they are purchasing a truly ethical fashion product?

At Velvety we spend a looooooot of time searching for and doing research on different products to ensure they meet our values, sadly most products we find fall short of what we require to become a velvety product.


OUR FIRST TEST IS:

  • What is the product made of?

If the material is not cruelty free, is unsustainable or at the very least not recycled/upcycled then straight away there’s no point looking at it further for us.

 

OUR SECOND TEST IS:

  • Where and how is it made?

If the product is made in the developing world then independent certification such as fair trade is the best way to ensure there is no slavery or super exploitative practices are  involved in the manufacturing.

There have been so many products that look great from the outside that we would have loved to have stocked but we just couldn’t verify that the manufacturing process was 100% ethical.

If there is no independent third party certification of fair trade or like then without actually visiting the facility you will never know just what is occurring there.

Some of the independent certification bodies we trust are:

THE THIRD TEST IS:

  • Is it affordable and fashionable?

We want ethical clothing to be main stream and not just limited to high society, there are some products that tick all the boxes but just have too high a price that we can’t justify.


Velvety needs to change the world and if the world is to change everyone needs to be involved not just the wealthy.

 

We do all the hard work sourcing these products so that all you need to do is find the product that suits you and let your conscious rest easy knowing you’ve made an ethical decision.

We are always on the look out for more products to bring to the public in a simple one stop online shop, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@velvety.com.au if you or someone you know produces ethical fashion. We stock everything from men and women’s clothing, to bags, jewellery+accessories, soy candles and beauty products and anything in between which catches our eye.


  • Check this link for some more vegan related products!

FASHION

6 Ethical Fashion Brands You Can Shop In Australia

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WE LOVE SUSTAINABLE,

VEGAN & ETHICAL FASHION 

 

Ethical fashion is growing, and thanks to that today we can find fully sustainable brands that care about the environment, animals, and their workers.

 

Buying ethical fashion

We are supporting a great cause and helping in a massive way to change the course of the fast fashion industry, towards a more conscious and sustainable lifestyle, which in the long run benefits us all.


In this post, we will introduce:

6 ethical fashion brands

New clothing and accessories that can all be found at Velvety. All these brands have something in common, they are all ethical, use organic or recycled materials and are produced in a fair way.

 

1- Armedangels

Ethics: Fair Trade certified, GOTS certified

Category: Clothing

Based in: Germany

About them: Great style, modern but elegant, sophisticated and trendy. I remember the first time I saw this brand online. I couldn't believe what my eyes were seeing! A huge ethical and sustainable store with the kind of fashion items that most women love. But the best part? A human company behind all these organic (GOTS certified) garments and an impressive way of creating them, always working with the Fair Wear and Fair Trade associations to guarantee the best ethical practices in regards to workers and labor conditions. 

Considering all this... Stocking Armedangels at Velvety was a MUST!

Shop all ARMEDANGELS

 

2- Bloi

Ethics: Ethical production, handmade, GOTS certified

Category: Clothing

Based in: Barcelona

About them: I will never forget the day I discovered this brand! I was in Australia when a friend from Barcelona sent me a picture of their physical store with the message: "Lorena this store may interest you for your project"

When I visited their website I quickly fell in love! Beautiful and charming garments made of organic cotton (GOTS certified) and handmade in Barcelona (my beloved city). In that moment I realized that they had to be part of Velvety yes or yes! So 1 year later on a trip to Barcelona I visited them and met the lovely people behind the brand, Nuria, Ernesto and their rescue dog. It was not surprising to see that behind great brands there are always great people making things happen.

Shop all BLOI

 

3- Numon

Ethics: Ethical production, handmade, vegan, eco label certified

Category: Bags and accessories

Based in: Barcelona

About them: What to say about Numon? An incredible brand located very close to Barcelona that makes the most beautiful and unique vegan upcycled, bags, backpacks and accessories always using forgotten/wasted materials. I met Nuria (the maker and designer) in Barcelona possibly 10 years ago. Back in those days I remember admiring their products, I never forgot them and the first brand I knew I would introduce to Velvety would be NUMON. And that's how it all started! A big thanks to Nuria and Ramon (the ones behind the scenes) for making such an amazing product 100% vegan.

Shop all NUMON

 

4- Indecisive

Ethics: Ethically Handmade, Zero-waste, Organic, Vegan

Category: Clothing

Based in: Australia

About them: Australian made and sustainable! Indecisive could be our most luxurious yet modern and affordable brand at Velvety. Their transeasonal garments are simply pieces of art that will make you feel unique when wearing them! The best part is knowing that you're wearing upcycled garments, they consist of wasted textiles from the fashion industry that are usually discarded and considered trash, Indecisive rescue them in perfect condition and make their stunning collections. They also use organic materials such as bamboo to create relaxed modern pieces. Something really important for us (and you don't see it very often) is that all their pieces are made to order, this way Indecisve ensures that there are no wasted garments and this is  the best way to ensure a sustainable production, don't you think?

Shop all INDECISIVE

 

5- Thamon

Ethics: Ethically Handmade, Vegan, toxic free

Category: Accessories

Based in: London

About them: With Thamon I discovered that yes...there are more sustainable options to vegan leather and of course to real leather! What an amazing company, concept, and product! Great style and quality for people interested in making more sustainable choices and "wear leaves, not leather". Thamon creates their own leaf fibre from sustainably sourced tree leaves and the result is amazing, that's why we carry  their range at Velvety, with the goal of bring more and more of their products to Australia, this is the kind of vegan leather we want to offer to our ethical customers.

Shop all THAMON

 

6- Elpis

Ethics: Ehically Handmade, Vegan, toxic free

Category: Accessories

Based in: Thailand

About them: Another great brand that makes sustainable bags and wallets (among other things) from leaves! The result is urban bags and wallets made from natural raw materials that respect the environment and remind us that simplicity is the key to living in harmony and respecting life. We can guarantee you wont see these unique patterns anywhere else as each product has a unique natural pattern. The colours change every season reflecting the natural beauty of the leaves for that time of the year.

Shop all ELPIS

 

I believe nowadays, vegan and ethical fashion can be easy to find if you search for it, but  ethical, vegan and sustainable...can be a bit more tricky,  that's why when I started Velvety I strived to create a one stop shop where ethical consumers could ensure they were making the best decisions when it came to respecting animals, the planet, and people.

 

For further information about certifications visit:

https://www.fairwear.org/

http://www.fairtrade.com.au/

http://www.global-standard.org/

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/

 

 

 

FASHION

2 Sustainable & Ethical fashion brands that you need to know about.

INDECISIVE

Love being INDECISIVE? 

 You will now! 

Welcome to the new fashion brand gracing the Velvety collection. INDECISIVE. 

This sustainable, Australian clothing brand also makes in Australia! That's rare. 

The hand picked selection is carefully cultivated to suits VEGANS. Lorena being vegan herself, is dedicated to providing the best selection of Vegan fashion and lifestyle products. Making it so much easier to buy all Vegan, Ethical and Sustainable at Velvety. In our oversaturated globalised world it's so important to consider what you buy, from who and how. 

See the whole range of organic and upcycled fashion garments that Velvety carries:


ARMEDANGELS

Speaking of being responsible and angelic..... 

Have you heard of Armedangels? These tough but kind angels follow the best practices. 

 

  Velvety presents a cultivated selection of Armed Angels fair and organic fashion collection.

Armedangels come all the way from Deutschland! These beauties design everyday favorites to be worn for longer. These angels have nothing to hide and live up to their expectation of quality and integrity. Their pieces are classic and beautiful quality. Velvety has hand picked the best pieces from Armed Angels all responsible vegan fashion. Vegan wares!

https://www.armedangels.de/en/nothing-to-hide/all/


It's best practice to support and champion sustainablility and ethical products. In the ideal world we won't have to use these keywords anymore. Eco Fashion, Sustainability, Ethical, Cruelty free, Organic and Fair Trade. These values will become standard. But at the moment we have to state the obvious and have accredited approval so that others don't follow bad practices. 

Integrity and purpose are the most important things in fashion brands these days. Yes fast fashion is cheaper than ever and a moving beast that swallows up unsuspecting youths. But someone somewhere else is paying for the price of those clothes. I don't need to tell you this is common sense. I am preaching to the enlightened. 

 

So enough of that. Let us know your experience and get in touch!

Share and get spread the word.

 

Thank you for being considerate, conscious and responsible human beings!


This post has been written by Freyja Ronngard.

"I must confess I am not Vegan but I consider myself a responsible and considerate human being." designfar.com