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Published on November 9th, 2018 | by The Beam

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Vegan Clothing Is The New Black

November 9th, 2018 by  


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The picture of pollution in our minds tends to be thick smog curling from coal power plants, or rubbish blocking our water systems. Rarely do we think of the shirts on our backs. Yet, textiles is one of the most polluting industries on our planet. From the pollutants used in cotton farming to the toxic dyes used in manufacturing and the amount of sheer waste that clothing creates (think fast fashion), you can just begin to imagine the tremendous carbon footprint of this industry.

To help you make the best choices for the environment, we are featuring some of the most sustainable brands out there, and this time we explored vegan clothing. We have looked into brands which only make clothes, shoes, and accessories that contain no animal material.

BLEED

“Nature has already bled enough and it has to stop.” This motto drives the family business which produces well designed, high-quality vegan products, using sustainable resources and production methods, and is committed to supporting local business by creating jobs and working in cooperation with local companies. Mainly producing its clothing in Portugal, Poland, and China, the company is taking a stand to not perpetuate the social ills of low-income countries, ensuring producers are certified and operate fairly and ecologically to improve working conditions and provide fair wages. Its production facilities also have to pass regular and unannounced inspections to ensure that everything runs fairly.

PLANT FACED

Dressing ethically doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style. Plant Faced finds its style inspiration through music, skate, surf, street, and tattoo culture. The ‘streetwear minus sweatshops’ brand is supporting safe, humane, and ethical manufacturing practices, as well as using eco-conscious, organic, or plant-based materials wherever possible, and its entire range is hand screen printed using eco-friendly water-based inks. Plant Faced Clothing wants to represent a way of engaging with the world, raising awareness and spreading an ethical and cruelty-free movement, and they think fashion is one of the most powerful vessels for sparking ideas and conversations. They’re definitely not wrong there!

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The Beam Magazine is a quarterly print publication that takes a modern perspective on the energy transition. From Berlin we report about the people, companies and organizations that shape our sustainable energy future around the world. The team is headed by journalist Anne-Sophie Garrigou and designer Dimitris Gkikas. The Beam works with a network of experts and contributors to cover topics from technology to art, from policy to sustainability, from VCs to cleantech start ups. Our language is energy transition and that's spoken everywhere. The Beam is already being distributed in most countries in Europe, but also in Niger, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Japan, Chile and the United States. And this is just the beginning. So stay tuned for future development and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Medium.



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