Eco-Beauty: The Vegan Fashion Guide

Do you ever wonder what vegans do and don’t wear, and why? Have your environmental inklings made you curious about how to rock a more eco-friendly wardrobe? Does the thought of animals being farmed for their fur and skin make you squeamish?

Last month, I wrote about Skin Deep, a website and app that’s an invaluable tool for those looking to use less toxic, more eco-friendly beauty products. Now, I’d like to follow that up by sharing another useful resource: the newly released—and freeVegan Fashion Guide by Vegan Cuts. It makes sense that Vegan Cuts would offer up a fashion guide. The company exists, after all, to serve as a stepping-stone or kick start to the world of veganism, with things like vegan starter kits and beauty box subscriptions (which I reviewed here).

They joined forces with Ashlee Piper of The Little Foxes to produce this first vegan style e-booklet, which is part info guide (fabrics to avoid and why, etc.), part look book, and part shopping directory. Featured brands include The Penny Rose favorites Hipsters for Sisters (pictured) and Mata Traders. There’s room for improvement—I hope to see more impressive looks and photos and a more comprehensive shopping guide in future editions—but this inaugural document is handy and inspiring for longtime vegans and curious non-vegans, alike.

Photos courtesy of Hipsters for Sisters

An Eco-Fashion Rapper?

Recycling clothes—which is the greenest way to go when talking about fashion—just got a whole lot cooler thanks to Seattle-based rapper Macklemore, whose song “Thrift Shop” is currently the No. 1 rap/hip-hop song in the country.

Other than having a deliciously catchy chorus and hipster-tastic video, the song is (knowingly or not) imbibed with environmentally and wallet friendly messages that make it the perfect anthem for eco-fashionistas like myself. With lines like “I wear your granddad’s clothes / I look incredible,” the ubiquitous track promotes reuse and individuality in a culture that encourages over consumption of mass-made items.

Will it lure American teenagers from the aisles of Forever 21 and to their local vintage shops to scour for buried fashion treasure? I hope so. Will his next hit single be about the importance of buying clothes made from renewable and organic materials? I doubt it, but I can dream, can’t I? 

Watch the video here