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ESPRIT & PETA take a huge step
ESPRIT & PETA take a huge step
ESPRIT & PETA take a huge step

ESPRIT & PETA take a huge step

24 July 2014

So far, it was only Dr. Martens providing vegan shoes on the High Street (and let’s be honest, most retailers didn’t sell them), but now Esprit takes a next step. Their new collection is available online and at Esprit’s shops in more than 40 countries. 

PETA says the following about their collaboration (all shoes will include a PETA tag, saying it’s vegan-approved):

“With the demand for cruelty-free clothing, shoes and accessories greater than ever, international retailer Esprit is ramping up its animal- and eco-friendly credentials by launching a stylish new collection of leather-free trainers for women! 

We’d like to thank Esprit for setting a wonderful example of sustainable, ethical fashion for retailers around the world to follow.

The leather trade is one of the most damaging industries on the planet, because of its wide-scale abuse and slaughter of animals, the pollution it generates and the damage it causes to human health.

Approximately 1.6 billion cows are killed for their skins each year – 80 per cent in developing countries such as Bangladesh, India and China, where animal welfare laws are either non-existent or not enforced. As a result, these animals usually live and die in the worst possible conditions and may be skinned and dismembered while still conscious. The environmental footprint of animal-free fabrics – regardless of whether they are natural or synthetic – is minor compared to the environmental devastation of factory farming."

 

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