If you love animals then you shouldn’t be wearing them. We generally associate animal hides making their way into our closets in the form of fur-trimmed coats (*cough* Canada Goose) or the infamous sheepskin UGG boots.
But fur isn’t the only animal skin we’re taking from and killing animals for our clothes, shoes, and fashion accessories.
To help you identify what animal fibers have unknowingly made its way into your closet, here is a quick guide to some of the most common animal fibers still used today.
If you love animals, I advise you to start reading the labels before you buy and make sure you aren’t contributing to any more unnecessary suffering and killing of animals for a mere fashion accessory.
Types of Animal Fibers Used in Fashion
Animal hides, fur, and feathers used for human clothing, shoes, and fashion accessories are derived from one of the following ways:
- animals are killed for their skin or hide (leather, fur, shearling, sheepskin)
- animals are bred to produce fibers that we take from them (wool, down, silk)
In the second option, just because animals aren’t killed immediately, doesn’t make it OK for humans to take it from animals. Animals are often killed when their production declines and they live in inhumane and filthy conditions while in captivity.
List of Animal Fibers
If you love animals, avoid buying clothes, shoes, handbags, or other accessories made with animal fibers. There are plenty of cruelty-free and animal-free textiles available now, so there’s no reason we should continue wearing animal skins in 2018!