|Yes, we know some people won't agree|
with us, but we still have to say our piece!
|A whole vegan shoe shop - heaven!|
Leather is the obvious material that most people understand that vegetarians and vegans avoid. We've been doing that for years, so it isn't too much of a hardship as there are lots of sources out there for shoes, bags and belts; it just means we have to search and research a bit. I've certainly become even stricter on that since becoming vegan. The only thing I do bemoan on at least a weekly basis is the TOTAL LACK OF NON-LEATHER DANCE SANDALS! .I really so love them - I just wish there was an option for us!
Fur - well, that goes without saying. None of us have ever worn it, and none of us ever would.
|A lovely hair frippery from The Tribal Temptress. |
Look, no feathers!
|Sadly it's not like this!|
|More cruelty-free costuming!|
Now - what else do we avoid? Well, silk is another biggie. And it really is pretty hard to avoid in our dance. Silk veils, silk skirts, silk scarves, silk mixes in velvet, silk sari ribbon ..... but avoid it we do! It just, once again, involves a bit of research. but when you believe in something you do it. So we go for natural fibres such as cotton. The vegans amongst us also don't use wool at all ... but we get by on acrylic!
So, that's us. Of course, you don't have all the arguments and reasoning behind our choices here, so they may not make sense to some of you. If you are interested in delving a little deeper here are some links :
UK VEGAN SOCIETY - The Vegan Society promote veganism and a cruelty-free lifestyle. There's a wealth of information on their site!
PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - have lots of information about the fur and leather industries in addition to articles on cruel practices in many other areas of the clothing industry
ANIMAL AID - Animal Aid campaign peacefully against all forms of animal abuse and promote a cruelty-free lifestyle. If you browse their site and look through their campaigns you'll find lots of information on clothing
And hey ---- if you thought veganism was all a bit un-exciting, just check this out :
CHIC VEGAN - a totally fab site with so many tips for funky cruelty-free living. You can even get free e-books there, including 'The Ethical Girl's Guide To Being Vegan and Fabulous'! 100% recommended!
Now, all this doesn't mean we rate animals over humans - a really common (and very annoying) misconception. (Not least because veganism and vegetarianism also bring untold benefits to humans and the environment too, but that's not why I'm here today!) We also do everything we can to ensure sustainability, fair trade and recycling in our costume choices. I think however that's a post for another time!
So, making cruelty-free costume choices isn't easy, and can sometimes be soooo frustrating (like when you see that dream hair frippery ... with a couple of feathers firmly attached). But to us (and the animals concerned) it's worth it.
We'll be back soon with our usual dancey blogs!