From 2014 to 2018, the number of vegans in the UK quadrupled, going from 150,000 to 600,000.
As veganism grows, so does the variety of vegan products available in stores.
The first thing that comes to mind when we speak about this trend is the food. And the fact is, in 2018, the UK launched more vegan food products than any other country.
But many other industries are making this shift. After all, veganism is more than a diet. It's a lifestyle, a lifelong journey.
As your years as a vegan add up, you become aware of more and more parts of your life where you can eliminate animal products. One of those parts is fashion and, in this article, we'll be talking specifically about jewelry.
Want to know how to always make sure you buy vegan jewelry? Keep reading.
Choosing Vegan Jewelry: Do's and Don'ts
Do you know every single material that's been used in the making of the jewelry you own?
Buying vegan jewelry depends on one thing only and that's awareness. It doesn't mean that you wear fewer accessories, but that you put a little bit more thought into what you buy.
And if you want to take it one step further, why not buy some sustainable jewelry for your friend and partner? It's a great step towards making the whole household a little bit more conscious!
Here are four easy tips that will help you become an animal-friendly jewelry buyer:
Do: Look For Brands That Are Open About the Materials They Use
Before, there wasn't much openness regarding the materials that manufacturers were using. And when there was, the materials were typically not cruelty-free.
But with this paradigm shift and the environmental awakening that's now happening, it becomes beneficial for brands to become vegan and let everyone know.
Don't: Use Leather
This one comes without saying.
Leather is one of the most used animal products in jewelry and fashion overall. But there are so many alternatives now. Leather made from apples, pineapples, mushrooms, cork... There's really no excuse to use the real thing.
Do: Ask if You're Not Sure
Is there any vegan who hasn't thought "Wait, that's not vegan?!"
Sometimes we assume that certain products are inherently cruelty-free. It's normal. But there's nothing like asking and making sure that every single material is okay for you to use.
Don't: Use Pearls
For a lot of jewelry aficionados, pearls are simply a must-have.
If you're one, we get it. Pearls are beautiful. But have you thought about where they come from?
In order for humans to wear pearl necklaces, tons of oysters are put through a cruel process. Since it's rare to find an oyster that actually produced a pearl naturally, humans started to produce them artificially.
Many oysters end up dying, whether it's because they can't take the procedure or because the producers kill them on purpose.
But this doesn't mean you have to stop using pearls altogether. There are plenty of imitations that don't cause any species to be killed. Just make sure to look for eco-friendly ones!
No Need for Cruelty
Nowadays, there's no need or excuse to use animal materials on jewelry. The number of options of cruelty-free materials is immense and it only keeps on growing.
When you buy vegan jewelry, you don't lose anything: the quality, the beauty, the variety of styles - it's all still there. But more than that, innocent animals get to live a longer, happier life! Doesn't that sound fair?
Whether you want to buy your first piece of sustainable jewelry or add a new item to your collection, we invite you to check our shop!