Clothing & Accessories

Often misrepresented as purely a diet, veganism is an entire lifestyle that seeks to avoid the exploitation and use of animals. There's no need for us to wear animal products as there's an abundance of fabulous clothes, shoes and accessories to choose from. #itseasy2bvegan! You may even discover that much of what you currently wear is already vegan. p.s. There's no need to throw out what you're using now, when it's worn out just replace it with a vegan alternative!

Try our quick and quirky quiz to see how vegan you are already!

  1. Do you ever wear jeans?

  2. Have you ever worn anything that’s made from cotton, acrylic, linen, Gore-Tex, Thinsulate or even spandex/lycra?
    (Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone!)

  3. Do you ever wear anything made from real fur?

  4. Do you own anything that’s made from: canvass, chenille, elastic, muslin, oilcloth or toweling?

  5. Have you ever worn flip flops or non-leather sandals?

Fabrics suitable for clothing in a cruelty-free lifestyle include:

Acrylic (manmade – often used for knitted items)

Bamboo (an eco-friendly option as bamboo grows quickly and gives out 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere)

Cashmilon (a faux alternative to Cashmere – a supersoft yarn made from acrylic)

Chenille (refers to the type of weave and can be made from cotton, acrylic or rayon)

Cotton* (including some batiste fabrics, calico, cambric, canvas, flannel, denim, moleskin, muslin, percale, sateen, towelling and velour)

Hemp (an eco-friendly option as it grows rapidly, is naturally pest resistant and has multiple uses)

Jute (another great one for the environment as it’s fast growing and biodegradable)

Linen (made from Flax – including cambric and towelling)

Lyocell (made from wood to make mock suede, satin and silk)

Nettle fabric (used for 2000 years and coming back into fashion, it’s also an environmental gem as it grows well and is disease and pest resistant)

Nylon (manmade, but with a carbon footprint lower than that of wool)

Pleather (also known as leatherette or faux leather is a clever leather lookalike made from cotton and PU)

Polar fleece / microfiber (made from polyester or nylon)

Polyester (synthetic man-made fibres including velour)

Rayon (this can be made more sustainably, out of corn, than polyester)

Satin (made from polyester and rayon)

‘Peace silk’ (made after the mulberry worms have left the cocoon)

Soya fabric (made from the residue of the tofu making process and very economical and environmentally friendly)

Velcro, viscose and voile

Velvet (originally made of silk, now made from any number of either natural or synthetic fibers)

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Other clothing considerations:


Just because a clothing product hasn’t been made from an animal doesn’t mean it’s entirely cruelty-free, as we’re all aware of clothing products being manufactured by humans living (and dying) in appalling conditions. Buying fair-trade clothing and avoiding purchase from origins where you suspect human rights abuse is something you may wish to consider too.
Increasing demand for shell to make buttons and jewellery etc is leading to mass extinctions of certain mollusk species, as well as environmental destruction and imbalance. The shell industry does provide subsistence and food for certain remote communities however, so this may be a product you wish to investigate further before deciding whether or not to purchase.


Cotton growing uses the highest proportion of pesticides of all crops in the world, so where possible / affordable organic cotton is a much more environmentally-friendly choice. Additional environmental certifications such as Rainforest Alliance and Ecocert are good to look out for too.
You may also wish to avoid fabrics such as polyester and polar fleece as they’re derived from petroleum, and the extraction of this from the land does have a negative environmental impact.

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We also recommend the brilliant online vegan fashion magazine ‘Vilda‘.

References and credits:

Lead image courtesy of Chantal Denny – vegan ‘leather’ bag by vegan brand Cri de Coeur, purchased through You’re so Vegan.