Beautiful and environmentally friendly: here are some vegan alternatives to the classic amphibians, with some more advice for an informed choice
The choice to use alternatives to leather for ethical reasons and to reduce our environmental impact is certainly valuable, but it is good to know exactly what we do and how we are doing it. I try to shed some light on this article.
Vegan alternatives to skin: a question on ethics
There are many vegan alternatives to leather and now many brands use them. I would like to draw your attention to an important point: the choice of vegan alternatives for ethical issues relating to the animal world is sacrosanct, but always ask yourself where and how the pieces you are about to buy are made. They may have spared the lives of animals, but have been assembled by enslaving human beings, perhaps made to work in conditions that are anything but dignified.
Are you still certain that you are making an ethical choice? Ask it and try to get to the bottom, otherwise you risk running into greenwashing practices.
And the environmental impact?
Pay attention to the type of material that is used for your boots (but also for your shoes, bags and other accessories) in what is called “eco-leather”.
Very often, it is not eco at all, but it is plastic fibers derived from petroleum, so OK, it is vegan because it is not raw materials of animal origin, but it is far from sustainable, because the environmental impact in terms of production will however be high.
In this sense, wherever possible, prefer raw materials deriving from waste or recycled materials, such as apple skin, or Piñatex, the first deriving from apple peels and cores and the second from pineapple leaves, or made by recovering and recycling for example plastic from the oceans. In this case yes we are wearing something sustainable. As for ethics, the above discussion applies.
Brands that offer veg amphibians in their collections
The most iconic amphibians of all time also exist in the veg version, for those who do not want imitations, but do not want to use animal derivatives to dress. The material with which they are made is “Felix Rub Off”, which is a polyurethane. All the other components of this vegan line of shoes are completely free of materials of animal origin.
Nae Vegan Shoes
Nae stands for “No Animal Exploitation”, which is a bit of the brand’s mission. It is a line of footwear, which also has amphibians inside, ethically made in Portugal with natural, recycled or synthetic materials.
Beautiful Story Vegan Shoes
All-Italian brand that produces made-to-measure and made-to-order shoes. They also have amphibians in their line. You can choose the model, color and material and they will be made especially for you.
This Italian brand ethically produces PETA-approved vegan sneakers, boots and amphibians in Europe, with natural and recycled materials.