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Thumbs Up: Humankind Vegan Bags, Shoes and Accessories
What is it? Humankind is an online store selling a collection of beautiful vegan bags, shoes and accessories from across the globe. Their mission is to prove that you don’t need to sacrifice style or quality just because you choose not to wear leather. Ethical Credentials All of the bags, shoes and accessories available on the site are made from non-animal derived materials and are 100% cruelty-free. Every purchase you make helps animals in two ways. Firstly, you are helping to grow the market for non-leather, cruelty-free products. Secondly, Humankind [...]
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Thumbs Up: Footprint Fashions
What are they? Footprint Fashions is an Australian online retailer selling a great selection of cruelty-free shoes, bags and accessories, but what caught our eye about these guys in particular is that they sell vegan dance shoes, including ballet flats by Cynthia King and a range of dance shoes by Ethical Wares. Ethical credentials While there is a growing awareness about the mistreatment of animals raised for food, not many people give much thought to what goes into making the leather shoes they wear on their feet. It’s commonly believed [...]
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Thumbs Up: Time IV Change Watches
What are they? Time IV Change are an Australian brand of cruelty-free, stylish, unisex watches. The business was born out of a desire to create something that could help bring about positive change in the world. Ethical Credentials: Time IV Change believe that animals need their skins just as much as we do, so instead of using leather to make their watch bands, they use a high quality microfibre. This material replicates the look and feel of genuine leather, is eco-friendly and is produced without harming animals. In addition, Time [...]
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Thumbs Up: Among Equals Bilum Bags
What are they? Among Equals are a range of stunning Bilum bags woven by indigenous women in the highlands of  Papua New Guinea. They are made from either natural fibres or woollen/acryllic yarn. The Founder of Among Equals, Caroline Sherman, fell in love with the gorgeous colours and designs of Bilum bags at an exhibition in Sydney and was inspired to bring these amazing textiles to the international marketplace. Ethical Credentials: Among Equals is a social enterprise. The bags provide a much-needed source of income for the weavers, [...]
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Material Evolution
Leather is so yesterday! Unless you’re going for a 70s revival or Euro-trash look, it’s time to get with the program and make the switch to options that offer the ‘leather look’ whilst being more sympathetic to the environment and animal welfare. You may not realize it but many animal species are used to make our leather goods – cows, pigs, goats, sheep, crocodiles, snakes, sting rays, seals, emus, deer, fish, kangaroos, horses, cats and dogs. Even baby animals are fair game for the leather industry. Calf, kid and lamb [...]
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Thumbs Up: Pammies
Vegan ugg boots are probably not the first things that spring to mind when you hear the words ‘a pair of Pammies.’ And while it’s true Pamela Anderson has many fine attributes, we love her best for her animal activism and her efforts to promote a cruelty free lifestyle. One of the things I have missed since ditching leather a few years back is slipping my feet into a cozy pair of uggies on a cold winter’s night. I have tried a few synthetic ones but they just don’t compare [...]

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