After transitioning from lacto vegetarians to fully vegan, owners Tom and Alexandra knew that the clothing they wanted to sell had to follow the same code of ethics.
Much of the clothing available today is not produced with fair practices, nor is it animal cruelty free. Human beings in poor areas are mistreated, overworked, underpaid, and quite poverty stricken. Many of these people are ill, hungry, and dejected with no better options or hope for the future.
Additionally, many of those same companies, as well as many companies who do not mistreat their workers, utilize animals in this same way.
- Animals are overworked, underfed, and run ragged for transport of goods.
- Animals are used and abused for the use in clothing and accessories of their hair, wool, silk, feathers, and more.
- Animals are brutally slaughtered so humans can take their skin, hair, fur/pelts, as well as other body parts. Even insects are used to make clothing dyes.
Humans use and abuse each other, as well as animals, to produce the clothing and accessories that we wear.
At Authentic-Vegan, we believe that animal skin, fur, hair, feathers belong to the animal, not to us. We believe that even the smallest bug has the right to life.
Our ethical vegan, cruelty free, fair trade, fair and kind practices harm no human, animal, or insect.
We rest easy, and you can too, knowing that nothing had to suffer or die to produce anything you purchase from Authentic-Vegan.
The Vegan Society was founded in November 1944 by Donald Watson and five other lacto vegetarians. At this meeting, they discussed their vegetarian diet and lifestyle. These six people were pioneers founding a new movement. They sought to coin a new term for a person who did not consume animals as well as their milk.
They settled on the word, "vegan," and Mr. Watson's words, it marked “the beginning and end of vegetarian.”
According to the Vegan Society, veganism is defined as "Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose."
This definition was updated in 1979, from its previous clarification in 1949, which simply stated that veganism was “the principle of the emancipation of animals from exploitation by man." This is later clarified as “to seek an end to the use of animals by man for food, commodities, work, hunting, vivisection, and by all other uses involving exploitation of animal life by man”.
For all current practical uses and interpretations, a vegan chooses to abstain from harming any living creature, human, animal, or even insect, whether it be for food and drink, personal care or beauty, household needs, medical research, and even clothing.
~ VEGAN. LIKE NEVER BEFORE. ~