Just stop eating animals. 🐷🐣🐮🌱 (via @antieatmeatclub)

Just stop eating animals. 🐷🐣🐮🌱...

Bite Beauty is now officially 100% vegan! 🌱✨ @bitebeauty recently reformulated all of their products and has removed all animal-derived ingredients and by-products (like lanolin, beeswax, and carmine) from their entire collection. 🙌🏻
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However, it should be noted that their Lip Lab is not completely vegan, yet! They’re working on making it vegan in the near future. 🌿💖
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Bite Beauty's Vegan Statement:
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"Yes, Bite Beauty products are vegan.
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Our reason to go vegan was simple-we’ve evolved. We can create high-performance formulas without ingredients that come from animals. As we’ve been innovating with superfoods, we’ve learned we can get amazing results that perform on par with-if not better than-formulas that contain animal byproducts.
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Further, we wanted to create products everyone can love-including people who crave clean, cruelty-free and vegan beauty."
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📸 via @bitebeauty

Bite Beauty is now officially...

I just finished reading ‘Slave to Fashion’ by @safia_minney 📚 and it has completely changed my perspective on the true cost of cheap clothes. ✨ Definitely a must-read to understanding modern slavery in the fashion industry and the need to support fair trade and ethical brands that are transparent about how their products are made with respect for people and the planet. 🌍🌿
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"Today, a whole generation of shoppers expect to be able to buy cheap clothing - but these low prices are only possible because of the slavery and exploitation that exist in the fashion supply chain.
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The price of clothes does not reflect the true cost to the farmers, spinners and weavers, tailors, finishers, quality-control teams and packers who are underpaid and overworked in the race to get the latest fashion items into our stores.
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Many of them are forced to live and work in shocking conditions.
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Workers in developing countries are often left helpless by a lack of workplace representation and unions that could speak up for their rights. As a result, we are witnessing a global 'race to the bottom', with developing countries competing against each other to supply the cheapest labor in a bid to attract brands to their factories."

I just finished reading ‘Slave...

So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via @vegan.meme)

So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via @vegan.meme)

So-called “Cruelty-free” products have become increasingly popular in the last couple of years, but let’s take a step back and ask, what exactly does it mean when cosmetics, personal care, and household cleaning products are labeled as “cruelty-free”?
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Products that are labeled as “Cruelty-Free” generally means they weren’t tested on animals, however, there is no standard or legal definition as to what is and isn’t allowed to be labeled as “cruelty-free”. So companies can call themselves and their products “cruelty-free” and it can mean whatever THEY want.
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Misleading? — Yes.
Illegal? — No.
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The FDA, responsible for regulating cosmetics labeling in the US, states on its website, “Consumers sometimes ask about use of claims such as “Cruelty-Free” or “Not Tested on Animals” on cosmetic labeling. Some cosmetic companies promote their products with claims of this kind in their labeling or advertising. The unrestricted use of these phrases by cosmetic companies is possible because there are no legal definitions for these terms.”
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Unrestricted Use. No Legal Definition. — “Cruelty-Free” is now being used as a buzzword by marketers wanting to cash in on the trend.
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But not ALL cruelty-free companies are liars and imposters. Some brands are genuinely committed to not testing their finished products and ingredients on animals, anywhere in the world.
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But HOW do we know which cosmetic brands are telling the truth and are truly cruelty-free in 2020?
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❶ Ask brands if their products or ingredients are tested on animals either by the company, their ingredient suppliers or commissioned to a third party and if they allow animal testing when required by law.
❷ Look for @leapingbunnyprogram brands --the most trusted cruelty-free certification program available!
❸ Check @ethicalelephant’s Cruelty-Free Brand Directory List where we have verified each and every brand's cruelty-free status before we list them (link in bio!)
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 Together, we can end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!
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Thank you for choosing cruelty-free! 🐘 💕

So-called “Cruelty-free” products have become...

Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in bed and wondering why you haven’t gone cruelty-free in 2020 yet 🤔✨
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(📸 via @niu.body)

Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in...

I love you all for going vegan! ✨ Happy Valentine’s Day! 💕 (via @sassyspudshop)

I love you all for...

What can I say..? I’m just a hopeless ramen-tic! 🍜
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(📸 via @vegan.meme)

What can I say..? I’m...

THIS. 🙌🏻
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“It’s not about being perfect! And we don’t know any vegans who walk around saying that they are, or that they cause zero harm. Veganism doesn’t mean causing ZERO harm (that would be delusional)... but it definitely means causing a lot less of it!! And causing LESS harm than before (before being vegan) is definitely worth celebrating and continuing to advocate for.

Don’t let the vegan haters get you down. Usually the people pointing their fingers and trying to find a flaw in veganism are the ones who simply don’t understand it or don’t know what it takes to stand for something.” (Words by @vegan_boss, 📸 via @unmeatfuture)

THIS. 🙌🏻 . “It’s not...

Show your love & support for vegan businesses in the comments by @ tagging some of your fave brands so we can follow and discover them too! 💚 (📸 via @brightzine)

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Clear Bags – Shop the Trend | Vegan Style

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See-Through, PVC, Transparent, Clear Bags, whatever you wanna call them, they’re clearly so hot right now. I am excited to announce that I’m bringing back the Shop the Trend series!

I’m quite fascinated with the clear bag trend because it’s counter-intuitive and unexpected. I mean, the point of bags is to conceal and safely stow our personal belongings so why would anyone want to willingly broadcast to the world (and to potential thieves) the contents and valuables we carry with us? Answer: Because fashion.

Clear Bag Trend: Love It or Hate It?

Instead of hiding and concealing the contents in your bag, the clear bag trend makes it so that what you put inside your bag is now part of your outfit. How cool is that?!

I also love watching “What’s in my bag?” videos on Youtube and the clear bag trend feels like the real-life version of it where I can satisfy my innate curiosity without crossing any personal boundaries or breaking any laws. I swear I’m not a creep, just a curious creature 😬

In some ways, the trend happens to be very practical. If you find yourself always digging through the bottomless pit of your bag to find your keys, wallet or spare change, a clear bag will solve all your woes.

In addition, clear bags have started to pop up due to the increase security measures at public events. Some venues have restrictions prohibiting event-goers from bringing a bag unless it’s clear and you can visibly see all the contents inside the bag. Ariana Grande had a clear-bag policy on her recent tour.

The policy did allow patrons to bring freezer bags of their personal belongings, but let’s not make freezer bags into a thing now, for obvious reasons.

Many designers have embraced the clear bag trend in recent years with Nordstrom now offering 100+ clear bags! On the flip side, there are some who oppose the clear bag trend, explaining they’re just purely fun to look at but not very practical or reasonable to buy. I’d love to know, what do you think about the clear bag trend? Share your thoughts in the comment section down below!

A Note on PVC Clear Bags

I do want to make an important note here that PVC is a plastic material, made from petroleum and in no way am I claiming PVC to be a sustainable material. But here on ethical elephant, we explore beauty, fashion, and lifestyle trends with a focus on finding vegan and animal-free alternatives. So I admit PVC clear bags are not a sustainable option however the point of our Shop the Trend series is to help consumers discover and choose from available options that are free of animal products.

We understand not everyone is fully-vegan or only purchase sustainable products so we strive to find options for everyone in all walks of life, but our core mission is to always and forever promote only products that do not contain animal products.

We do highlight vegan, ethical, and sustainable products and brands in many of our other guides, lists, and posts.

List of Vegan Clear Bags

Let’s now get into the list of options for clear vegan bags. PVC itself is a non-animal material, so it is vegan. However some clear bags may contain some leather detailing or handle which was from animal hide making the bag not vegan. Below is list of options that were not made from animal leather and instead are made with synthetic materials.

Clear Purse by Lee Coren
Clear Purse by Lee Coren

Lee Coren Clear Purse (US$120) – Enjoy your day, hands-free; the box crossbody is the perfect bag to carry all your essentials through midday gatherings, urban strolls and nights out. 100% handmade. Lee Coren vegan handbags are designed and crafted ethically and locally from vegan materials.

CIEL Clear Chili - Matt & Nat
CIEL Clear Chili – Matt & Nat

Matt & Nat CIEL in Clear Chili (US$195) – This bag can be converted into a belt bag or an evening clutch. The vegan leather trim and adjustable/removable belt strap, along with the gold clasp closure add such an elegant touch of grace and luxury to the classic PVC bag.

Janet, Clear Backpack - Urban Expressions
Janet, Clear Backpack – Urban Expressions

Urban Expressions, Janet Backpack (US$90) – Pack your everyday essentials in this chic clear backpack, the bottom half of the bag is perfect for storing your items you don’t want others to see. This is a similar design inspired by the popular Chanel PVC backpack. Available in multiple colors.

GRESSI SM Clear Chili - Matt & Nat
GRESSI SM Clear Chili – Matt & Nat

Matt & Nat GRESSI SM in Clear Chili (US$270) – This small clear satchel comes with a removable zippered pouch to hold your necessities, detachable shoulder straps, a removable branded ID tag, and protective metal feet. A high-quality transparent bag that can be worn casually or dressed-up.

Bolanzo Crossbody in Dark Blush - Izzy & Ali
Bolanzo Crossbody in Dark Blush – Izzy & Ali

Izzy & Ali Bolanzo Crossbody ($45) – I don’t like to pick favorites but I definitely got my eyes set on this transparent vegan crossbody bag from Izzy & Ali. Encompassing a gold-tone chain, removable inner zip pouch, magnetic closure, and dark blush PU vegan leather to elevate the clear bag trend into one that is modern and elegant.

Clear Tote Bag - Lee Coren
Clear Tote Bag – Lee Coren

Lee Coren Clear Tote Bag (US$90) – Switch it up from sandy beach time to chic brunch meetings in the city; The Claro tote was designed with a timeless silhouette – it’s not a fashion statement but a wardrobe staple. The material, thick, sturdy & easy to clean, along with thoughtful construction, assures these bags will stay in shape for years to come. Made of durable clear vinyl.

Lady, Clear Clutch - Urban Expressions
Lady, Clear Clutch – Urban Expressions

Urban Expressions, Lady Clear Clutch (US$65) – Perfect for an evening out or an elegant occasion, this clutch with a snap closure and a mini zipper pouch compartment will definitely turn heads and it’s under $100!

SAM Clear Black - Matt & Nat
SAM Clear Black – Matt & Nat

Matt & Nat SAM in Clear Black (US$75) – Elevating a basic crossbody bag into one that will have people talking! This is perfect for everyday wear and if you ever wanted to change it up, simply change up what you put in the bag from bright colored scarves to luxury card holders or designer sunglasses, the options are endless!

Clear Cosmetics Envelope Clutch - Me-Dusa
Clear Cosmetics Envelope Clutch – Me-Dusa

MeDusa Clear Cosmetics Envelope Clutch (CA$60) – This embossed vegan clear cosmetic envelope clutch has a revolutionary floral print that is appropriate for day and evening wear. It is slim in size and huge in presence. The perfect size for storing small items and cosmetics.

Black Clear Tote - Urban Expressions
Black Clear Tote – Urban Expressions

Urban Expressions Black Clear Tote ($35) – If you wanted to be a little more discreet, opt for a clear tinted bag instead! Like this one from Urban Expressions that comes with a smaller pouch inside to mask any personal essentials. This handbag is fashioned with square handles and a lucite construction that will give off mod monochrome vibes.

ARIES, Clear Black - Matt & Nat
ARIES, Clear Black – Matt & Nat

Matt & Nat ARIES in Clear Black (US$135) – A futuristic looking backpack featuring a curved top zipper closure with adjustable straps. Don’t let the curvature fool ya, this backpack can impressively fit an iPad Pro and all your essentials.

Small Clear Zip Pouch Wristlet - Lee Coren
Small Clear Zip Pouch Wristlet – Lee Coren

Lee Coren Small Clear Zip Pouch Wristlet (US$36) – Function and form with endless possibilities. Use this fun wristlet as your purse, or to hold your cosmetics and essentials inside your bigger bag. The Claro line is handmade in small batches, using highquality materials and fine construction, to ensure long lasting durability.

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  • Milley Jane
    May 31, 2019

    Never had a clear fashionable bag. I love the clear backpack it is all new to me and it looks really cool in summer.

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