This article is published in partnership with bunq, the Bank of the Free. Banking is probably one of the last things on your mind when you think of eco-lifestyle, but it shouldn’t be. You can have a huge impact by switching to ethical banking.
Although leather has been a vital material and resource for thousands of years, we now live in an era where cruelty-free alternatives are readily available — in this post, we’ll learn more about vegan leathers, veggie leather, or faux leather.
No matter what your stance is on veganism or the importance of cruelty-free practices, it’s impossible to argue that animal leather has not been an essential resource for humans going back as much as 7000 years. But this is 2021, and the technology and creative use of recycled materials have allowed us to seek and implement cruelty-free alternatives.
As I write this I am preparing to go on my first international trip in a verrrrry long time (thanks coronavirus!). Although taking a forced break from travel for the first half of 2020 has been challenging, in some ways I’m grateful because it has allowed me to reflect on what is eco travel, how my eco travel practices are and how much more environmentally sustainable they could be.
If you follow my Instagram, you might have seen that I attempted a no waste challenge last year. Now before I go any further, there’s a reason why I used the word attempted: my no waste month was admittedly less than perfect and there was a fair bit of infringement in the form of deep-set habits executed on autopilot.
It’s great to see that people are becoming more mindful of the planet and its inhabitants. More and more, people are choosing to invest a little more money in their material possessions and take home ethical clothing brands among other efforts like ethical banking to help save Mother Earth. As I read somewhere recently, there is no such thing as cheap clothes – someone somewhere is paying the price.
Good news everyone, veganism is on the rise! And with that, vegan fashion also is. I can’t begin to tell you how fuzzy it makes me feel when I see more and more people becoming aware of how small actions such as buying vegan sneakers and vegan shoes can have the greatest of impact on our planet, the people and animals. Veganism is not only changing the way we eat, but it is also positively changing our shopping habits, and the sustainable fashion industry is also gaining some sweet sweet momentum. That makes me happy.