Half of the world is heading towards winter, with temperatures falling and people layering on warm clothes. Most of the fashion industry still makes consumers believe that the best way to keep the cold out and warmth in comes from animal products.
This certainly was true up until the 20th century. Fur, wool, angora wool, leather, silk, and other products derived from animals were mostly the only way to dress appropriately in freezing temperatures.
Nowadays, there are so many alternatives, but the lobby for wool and fur remains strong. Some fashion designers have completely stopped using animal products, e.g. Stella McCartney , Vivienne Westwood and Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart. Their designs are all animal friendly, with no exceptions. Then there are designers like Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, who went fur-free thanks to campaigns showing the cruelty of the industry towards the animals.
But there also are many products and designs on the market that are more affordable, you just need to always read the labels – something many consumers skip. Not only do they forget, some labels are either so hard to find or printed so small that you either give up looking for them or you can barely read them. But it is worth your while. You will find that you can stay warm without having to worry what the animal had to go through before landing on your back (or feet).
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