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The Arrival of Alternative Fabrics

Charlotte Willis struts out to investigate the cruelty-free fashion fabrics being developed

Leather is out. Feathers are a thing of the past. Fur is a faux pas. The fashion industry is shunning traditional animal textiles in favour of the sustainable, reused and upcycled. Alternative fabrics are beginning to hit the mainstream, and we couldn’t be more excited to reveal them all!

Veganism and animal skins

I often get quizzed about animal textiles such as leather and feathers. The argument for the use of such materials is that, and there’s no easier way of saying this, the animal is no longer going to need them after their lives have been taken for the meat industry. This logic fails to acknowledge that the leather industry goes hand in hand with both the meat and dairy industries, therefore the purchase of a leather good is an indirect way of funding these harmful and cruel businesses.

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In the mood for a warming one pot? We've got plenty of delicious vegan options waiting for you in the February issue of Vegan Food & Living. Also this issue, we reveal how to take your new lifestyle into February and beyond for anyone who has been doing Veganuary, plus we show you how Bento boxes can transform your lunches. If that's not enough, you can discover how to reduce your food waste, uncover the truth behind the B vitamins and whip up a Friday night fakeaway. Plus check out the hot new vegan fabrics set to hit the high street and explore the common misconceptions of being vegan.