In 2021, PETA worked with three UK universities to introduce fashion design students to vegan fur and leather. Watch our new video to see the final animal-friendly projects, from dramatic black vegan-leather dresses to bright and bubbly faux-fur hats:
Students at the University of Chester, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, and Greater Brighton Metropolitan College worked with bio-based faux fur KOBA from French manufacturer ECOPEL and Mabel Industries’ vegan leather made from apple waste – and they universally praised the materials.
Today’s fashion students recognise that no garment justifies killing an animal and polluting the planet:
“I’ve only briefly worked with animal leather in the past, and … I felt conflicted using such a material due to my own beliefs of responsible design. But working with the apple leather was brilliant. The fabric is very versatile, it presses … really well, and it’s very easy to manipulate, even emboss.”
– Cameron Lyall, student at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen
PETA exposés have revealed that animals killed for leather endure castration, branding, and tail-docking – all without painkillers – and animals killed for fur are caged, bashed in the head, and electrocuted.
The future of fashion lies in innovative vegan fabrics, and PETA is proud to help these up-and-coming designers lead the way.
Vegan fabrics are far kinder to animals and have a much smaller carbon footprint than animal-derived materials, as animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change.
How to Wear Vegan
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