Hi guys, I wanted to share with you my top 10 ethical vegan clothing companies because if I could, I would be kitted out in this stuff everyday. As more and more people go vegan I want it to be easy for them to find decent, ethical, threads that not only support small businesses but also support animal rescue charities, human rights and our beautiful planet. Although I am focusing on UK businesses for this blog post please note that all of those listed do ship globally. So, lets get to it…
My personal favourites, founded by Georgia Cook and Jordan McCusker is HEARTCURE who launched in May 2016. The compassionate pair, who recently collaborated with UK Activist Earthling Ed and work with the amazing illustrator Rob Halhead, proudly donate all proceeds to Brook Farm Animal Sanctuary. The clothing company, which is based out of a converted warehouse in Sheffield, use water-based inks on organic materials using 100% renewable energy and ship products rather than fly. They also pride themselves on being fair trade and sweatshop free. Does it get any better? Well actually, yes.. HEARTCURE are also working hard to open a Vegan Social Centre in the heart of Sheffield. You can help them on their way by donating here.
HEARTCURE offer international tracked shipping for £9. You can also find them at various vegan events and festivals throughout the UK.
Award winning clothing company Blood Tight Apparel (BTA) was setup in 2011 with the hope to ‘become an outlet to help people spread the word of veganism and encourage others to show compassion‘. With hard hitting designs, free worldwide shipping and thousands of fans it is fair to say they’re doing just that. BTA also have a place in my heart for giving 10% of profits to animal charities. You can pre-order the new ‘Freedom For All’ tee for £19 here, I will be!
Appealing to my inner metal-head with their white on black designs Anticarnist have pride of place in my wardrobe and are usually my first choice of attire for vegan activism. Anticarnist launched in 2016 and are proudly sweatshop-free and work in line with the Fair Wear Foundation. All products are screen printed on organic cotton using vegan inks and are packaged with biodegradable/recycle materials, making for a low carbon footprint. On top of that 10% of profits go to one of my favourite animal sanctuaries, FRIEND Animal Rescue.
Ethcs, formerly known as Ethics and Antics, was founded in 2016 by professional freerunner Tim Shieff. Since then, the company has expanded to include ethical athletic attire and children’s clothing. Ethcs was the first company I purchased vegan clothing from after seeing UK grime artists JME (top left) sporting a V Gang shirt on stage.
Ethics is in the name – they ensure all products are produced in safe and healthy working conditions, with fair living wage, legal labour contracts and freedom of association. They use organic cotton and minimal packaging which is better for the environment.
On January 22nd 2018 Tim also launched Mindful Warrior, a workout course designed to benefit people of varying abilities. By using his fitness experience and knowledge Tim is able to help people improve their fitness, strength, mobility and overall health whilst having fun in the process.
For 10% off Ethcs clothing online use discount code NICOLA10OFF at the checkout. A portion of ETHCS profits are donated to Huglett’s Wood Farm Animal Sanctuary.
Oxford based independent clothing company, Stay Close, was launched in 2014 by owners and good friends James Harkness and Nick Taylor. Although they don’t exclusively state that Stay Close is a vegan company they acknowledge that they are often referred to as such and are absolutely fine with that.
They have done some awesome collaborations with Sea Shepherd and Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs with profits going to both organisations. As well as clothing and accessories they also have amazing wall flags (left image), one of which is on my wish list for payday.
You can expect to see them at UK events and festivals, including Brighton VegFest on March 24th/25th.
All Glamor No Guts (AGNG) launched in February 2014 and has some of the cutest clothing and accessories going.
As is the trend, AGNG pride themselves on the fact they do not use child or forced labour. They pay a living wage whilst ensuring there is no discrimination against employees or excessive working hours. They also make sure that there are safe and healthy working conditions, with legal labour contracts. Products are also packaged using recyclable materials to help the planet.
AGNG also give 10% of proceeds to Hillside Animal Sanctuary.
UNCAPTIVE ‘recognises the impact Fashion has on the planet, from sweatshops and child labour, to pollution, global warming and cruel exploitation of animals‘.
The company, which was founded in 2016 by Declan and Itala, produces a range of ethical clothing with vegan specific attire such as those shown in the images above. The company exhibits at various events and festivals throughout the UK. In fact, exhibiting at vegan events made them realise how much others put emphasis on eradicating animal cruelty, but not necessarily as much thought into human ethics. With that in mind, in January 2017 UNCAPTIVE developed a passion for sourcing products from ethical suppliers, accredited with the Fair Wear credibility, which makes sure the clothes are made by fair labour.
All designs created in-house and hand screen printed onto mostly organic cotton in a small studio in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Vegan slogan master, Jade, works to be as kind as possible to both animals and the planet. Therefore she uses biodegradable shipping bags and sources all clothing from a printer that uses toxic-free and vegan-friendly ink.
As of January 2018, 5% of Jade’s profits will be used to fund an animal sanctuary. Jade has supported many charities over the past couple of years though. Here is a list of Animal Charities that have received donations:
- December 2015 + January 2016 – Foal Farm Animal Rescue
- February + March 2016 – C-A-L-F Sanctuary
- April + May 2016 – Animal Free Research UK (formerly Dr Hadwen Trust)
- June 2016 – Farplace Animal Rescue
- July 2016 – Foal Farm Animal Rescue
- August + September 2016 – F.R.I.E.N.D Animal Rescue
- October 2016 – Sirius Charity Foundation
- November + December 2016 – Second Chance Animal Rescue
- January – June 2017 – Animal Free Research UK (formerly Dr Hadwen Trust)
Keep an eye out for Jade at various UK vegan events and festivals and go say hi!
Cheap 50s produce edgy clothing through partnership with environmentally sustainable fair trade manufactures in the UK and Portugal. You can rest assured both human rights and animal rights are protected and go hand in hand, as they should.
Viva La Vegan (VLV) was founded by fashion and graphics designer Jay Charlton in 2014. It is important to the VLV team to use eco-friendly, water soluble dyes on organic cotton and only use recycled or recyclable packaging. It’s also paramount that workers are not forced into labour or working excessive hours, work in safe and hygienic conditions where there is no discrimination and living wages are provided.
VLV have products ranging from t-shirts, hoodies and bags to jewellery, greeting cards patches and stickers. Their designs tackle many animal rights issues from animals used for entertainment in circuses, to wildlife protection and anti-fur as shown above. Look out for them at vegan fairs across the UK in 2018.
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Big love, N x