Many an animal lover has struggled with how to take a vegetarian lifestyle from the kitchen to the closet without sacrificing style or breaking the bank. We love Stella McCartney, but alas, many of us are on a pleather budget...and no one looks great in PVC. Enter Victoria Moran, longtime vegan and author of The Love-Powered Diet: Eating for Freedom, Health, and Joy, who visited us on "Whole Living" yesterday and left us with a wealth of advice on where to find cruelty-free, sustainable clothes and beauty products for any budget, from your local mall to popular online outlets. Here are links to everything she mentioned on air and more.
- Cruelty-Free Cosmetics - A list of companies to support vetted by PETA
- Moo Shoes - Offers a wide selection of vegan shoes, bags, belts, and accessories shipped from their New York City store
- Endless.com - Type “vegetarian” in the search bar and you’ll get a drop-down menu for women’s shoes, boots, flats, and more
- Alternative Outfitters - Online vegan boutique offering shoes for women and men, belts, handbags, accessories, apparel, and beauty products
- Olsenhaus - Luscious line of vegan shoes and boots, with bags and gloves to come, online and in stores
- Neuaura Shoes - Shoes and jewelry online and in stores
- Matt and Nat - High-end bags, totes, and wallets online and in stores
- Susan Nicole - Vegan handbags you can order online
- Vaute Couture - Winter coats that are totally vegan, water-and-wind resistant, super-soft, and US-made with heat-retaining recyclable shells and recycled liner
- Melie Bianco - Vegan handbags online and in stores
- Cri de Coeur - Vegan shoes, bags, jewelry online and in stores
- Vegan “Puffer” Coats – Usually filled with down, coats made with manmade fibers are available at many department stores and online retailers including Neiman Marcus, Overstock.com, and Kmart
Beyond talking about leather and down, Victoria taught us that Australian Merino sheep are often subject to a painful process called “mulesing” in which their skin is actually cut away to prevent a disease called flystrike. It is now banned in New Zealand but still goes on in Australia, which supplies half the world's Merino wool. You can visit Save the Sheep for more information and buy your wool sweaters from lines committed to not carrying wool from sheep who have undergone mulesing, like Ann Taylor, Gap, H & M, Hugo Boss, Liz Claiborne, and Perry Ellis.