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VEGAN X FASHION

Why Vegan Fashion?

Many people today still believe skin and fur are “by-product” of the meat industry.

This is not true.

According to International Fur Trade Federation, 85% of fur skin came from factory farming. More than a billion of animals are killed for its skin every year and processed into raw materials oversea where lacks proper legislation protecting fundamental rights of animals, workers and conserving planet. 

Choosing vegan fashion is a step towards sustainability and cruelty-free practice. 

 

Facts - Is vegan fashion really sustainable?

There is no doubt the current fashion business activity is creating negative impact on the environment. While plastic is an obvious culprit for polluting the ocean ecosystem, animal based materials seem to remain mysterious. 

The Pulse of the Fashion Industry report released in 2017 by The Boston Consulting Group found that three of the four most environmentally damaging materials are leather, silk, cotton, and wool which happen to be derived from animals. How does each materials perform in environmental impacts. Let's take a look at facts and numbers. 

(Pulse of the Fashion Industry report)

 

According to Kering Environmental Profit & Loss Group Result 2016, polyurethane leather has less than half the impact on the environment as animal-derived leather. Just let that sink in for a second: Leather that comes from animals is more than twice as harmful to the environment as polyurethane, a plastic!

 

(Kering Environmental Profit & Loss Group Result 2016)

 

 

Toxic Chemicals - where and how is leather made?

Tannery workers, including children, were found to be performing hazardous tasks such as soaking hides in chemicals. Bangladesh tannery workers according to Pulitzer CenterThe unprotected workers stand barefoot in cancer-causing chemicals and use acids that can cause chronic skin diseases. An estimated 90 percent of these tannery workers will die before the age of 50.

Brightly-dyed goat skins, fresh from the tanning vats, are dried on a rooftop in Hazaribagh, the tannery district of Dhaka. Image by Larry C. Price. Bangladesh, 2016.
A worker uses his bare hands to remove hide from an alkali bath. Image by Larry C. Price. Bangladesh, 2016.
Bahadur, 12, removes goat skins from a chemical bath at the Mizan Leather Tannery in Hazaribagh. Image by Larry C. Price. Bangladesh, 2016
A tannery worker stands unprotected in chromium waste inside a Hazaribagh tannery. Image by Larry C. Price. Bangladesh, 2016. Men load a pedal cart with hundreds of pounds of tanned skins. Image by Larry C. Price. Bangladesh, 2016.

A dog naps atop a stack of leather scraps on the banks of the large effluent canal that carries toxic waste to the nearby Buriganga River. Image by Larry C. Price. Bangladesh, 2016.

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