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In the past year, many popular fashion brands have decided to take a more ethical approach to making their products. Coach, Georgio Armani, Gucci, Michael Kors, Vivienne Westwood, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein have all stopped using fur. The realization that fur is cruel and unnecessary is not limited to fashion houses. Luxembourg banned fur farming and San Francisco banned the sale of fur. It is becoming increasingly obvious that using animal-derived materials for fashion is outdated. The latest company to take a step in the right direction is Chanel.

In the past, Chanel’s clothing and accessories were made with exotic animal skins from crocodiles, snakes, and lizards, as well as fur. A spokeswoman from Chanel told CNN, “it is becoming increasingly difficult to source exotic skins which match our ethical standards.” Certainly, Chanel felt pressure from Animal rights activists, as well as wanting to stay trending and in style. As more people become aware of the animal cruelty involved in fashion, more companies will continue do the same. Each time they make a change, it is a victory for animals!

In the words of Stella McCartney, whose fashion products use do not use real fur or leather, “Real fur is extraordinarily old-fashioned. It’s not relevant, it’s not sexy, it’s not fashionable, and it’s not cool.” To learn more about animal cruelty in fashion, check out our list of the 5 Worst Ways Animals Are Exploited in the Fashion Industry.

Buy These Vegan-Friendly Fashion Choices

1. B Brentano Vegan Multi-Zipper Crossbody Handbag

Vegan purse

Source: B Brentano Vegan Crossbody Handbag

This pretty vegan crossbody handbag by B Brentano costs $17.95.

2. KIKOY Faux Fur Winter Jacket

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Source: KIKOY Faux Fur Winter Jacket

This Faux Fur Winter Jacket is available in many colors and costs between $15.99 and $23.99.

3. LifeStride Women’s Xripley Riding Boot

Vegan boots for women

Source: LifeStride Women’s Xripley Riding Boot

These riding boots are 100 percent man made and cost between $44.99 and $121.93 depending on the size.

We hope you choose vegan-friendly and cruelty-free choices the next time you shop. If you enjoy stories like this, subscribe to our newsletter and receive them right in your inbox!

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