Sustainability is the trend of the future, and fashion is catching on as people are putting their dollars where their hearts are. Companies are having to reassess their target customers and keep up with the eco-conscious trends that are growing fast, such as animal-free products.
Here are four vegan brands that are not only innovative in their materials but that also truly care about the effects they have on the planet and animals by giving back proceeds and making recycling a priority. Most importantly, their products look great and are completely luxurious. Now that’s quality at its best!
1. Matt & Nat
Every season Matt & Nat (“Material & Nature”) explore new innovative ways to remain sustainable and eco-friendly. The company has incorporated different recycled materials, such as nylon, cardboard, rubber and cork, in their products over the years. Since 2007, it has been committed to using linings only made from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles—approximately 21 plastic bottles are recycled for every bag produced—and most recently it has introduced recycled bicycle tires to its collections.
No animal products are used in production—this brand is completely vegan.
Simply put, we don’t like hurting animals and we care about the welfare of the planet. We [also] strive to design timeless and durable styles.
Thanks to their durability and strength, Matt & Nat bags can last a very long time, which makes them an excellent choice as a sustainable product. Matt & Nat collections can now be found in boutiques across Canada, the United States, the UK, Japan, Germany and Australia.
2. Angela Roi
Angela Roi is “Bringing virtue to the world with the splendour of fashion”. The brand prides itself on handcrafted modern classic designs; premium vegan leather; gold-plated hardware; supporting ethical treatment of animals; sweatshop-free manufacturing; fair pricing; and free shipping and returns.
The Angela Roi brand is well known for its work helping fighters and survivors of serious illnesses through its “Donate by colour” campaign. Now the company focuses its love for animals, creating a luxurious line of vegan handbags.
“From humans to animals, we believe a happy planet is where everyone is safe and jubilant”. Not only does Angela Roi donate to local shelters and charities, but it is also a true activist in the fight against animal cruelty!
VElove is a Hong Kong-based vegan handbag and accessories design brand. The products are PETA-approved and rated VVV+, which means no fur, down, leather, silk and wool. This is the highest rating from Animal Free Fashion by LAV. VElove aims to provide simple, elegant, and easy products that match anything. Each category has a message and the products are 100 per cent vegan!
For every purchase, 10 per cent is donated to the company’s partner Animals Asia. VElove also lines all its products with material from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles, and some of the other accessories are made from recycled wine cork!
4. Mio Mojo
Mio Mojo is an Italian vegan brand, designing cruelty-free goods aiming for the better good of the planet and animals. The company’s aim is to offer cool, sustainable and well-designed products that support animal rescue efforts around the world.
Through beautiful and do-good design, we will create together a kinder, cruelty-free world.
Ten per cent of Mio Mojo’s net profits support tangible projects that help animals in need, and it is committed to ending cruelty. Products are PETA-approved and rated VVV+. Check out Mio Mojo’s Urban Bag, made out of 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles.
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Written By: Talia Sanchez