To be able to follow through with the idea of an all-vegan closet, it is important to understand the true meaning of the vegan marking. Why? Because you need to know what to look for, what to avoid, and how to evaluate all the fashion and beauty brands that you are surrounded with.
Defining the vegan marking
Already in 1944 The Vegan Society created the word vegan, and through them it is now functioning as an international standard for marking a product as vegan. They describe the vegan marking as follows:
The Vegan Society understands the word ‘animal’ to refer to the entire animal kingdom, that is all vertebrates and all multicellular invertebrates. The word may be used either as a noun or an adjective and to refer to either a species or an individual animal, depending on context. Unless otherwise stated, it usually means non-human animals.
The manufacture and/or development of the product, and where applicable its ingredients, must not involve, or have involved, the use of any animal product, by-product or derivative.
The development and/or manufacture of the product, and where applicable its ingredients, must not involve, or have involved, testing of any sort on animals conducted at the initiative of the company or on its behalf, or by parties over whom the company has effective control.
There are also other national and international vegan markings, many of them you will find through animal rights organisations in your country.
What is vegan?
A whole brand, but also one single product, can thus be vegan. Preferable are off course the vegan brands because they can guarantee that they do not, in any way, contribute to abuse of animals. But it is also important to know that you can always make the right choice and choose a garment that is vegan, even though the whole brand is not. I have written about animal friendly and non-animal friendly materials in other posts.
Shop animal friendly – because you can.