03 Apr '12, 10am

Shoes: what's out there for vegans? #shoes #fashion #eco #green #vegan #vegetarian

Shoes: what's out there for vegans? #shoes #fashion #eco #green #vegan #vegetarian

So what’s out there? There are a variety of non-leather options available most of which are synthetics. Naugahyde, lorica and microfibers are among the most common, which ‘breathe in exactly the same way as leather,’ according to Woodward. But what about the impact of these fabrics on the planet? ‘There will always be a clash of interest between environmental and animal welfare concerns,’ says Woodward, ‘but when you factor in the environmental impact of the leather industry, synthetic fibres are certainly no worse. There is a misconception that leather will disintegrate very quickly, but it doesn’t.’ Eco-friendly options do now exist for vegans. Shoe brand, Melissa , has developed Melflex, a recyclable plastic, which they use in most of their shoes, while other brands favour natural fabrics such as cotton, cork, hemp and linen. Either way, if you’re vegan, your feet have ...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/clothing/1...

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