As Winter approaches in London (21st December – 20th March) we’re all thinking about our winter coats and what to buy to get us through sub-zero degrees. While we think winter warmers are essential what we don’t believe is that the future must mean cruelty. Smart fabrics long ago overtook animal skins and furs in terms of evolution and effectiveness. Compassion is intelligence. At LWA we’re all about being kind. Let’s use our smarts and make good choices…
In the name of all evil, here’s our top SIX of what to look for to be conscious of our animal friends and what to avoid:
The top spot for cruel goes to Canada Goose. Why? Because down and fur mean you’re wearing a dog (well wolf) and several ducks and geese. Nasty. Wolves are captured by paw in traps and skinned alive for the fur trim you see on the hood. Anything that reads “down” – that’s the wadding inside the jacket; also used in feather pillows and duvets, means the feather of an animal, plucked from it’s body. Those feathers will have been keeping that animal warm before you. There are great winter jackets out there which are synthetic and not made with fur and down. Always check the label.
As mentioned above, down is insurmountable cruelty. Many birds are plucked to death. Akin to having the hair on your head ripped out in one sitting. Ouch.
There are great winter coats out there which offer padding and no down or fur. Here’s a Stella McCartney parka which is cruelty free:
H & M have some really nice padded coats (parka style) on offer this winter as well at a much cheaper price. Snug and kind.
Here’s a great one for expectant Mums and Bumps:
PETA have some good suggestions on winter coats here as well.
Next on the list of Avoid Like the Plague is sheepskin.
Here’s another cruelty-free option by Stella. The Hana Shearling Caban.
Fancy a different style? -Here’s a great Asos faux sheepskin option:
You can read about how to avoid angora wool here.
Angora bunnies are treated terribly and also have fur ripped from their tiny bodies in the ‘production process’.
Here’s a great winter-warmer, faux fur scarf from New Look.
5. Cashmere (& other wool items)
The cruelty of Cashmere can be read about here.
Cashmere goats have their fur cut from their bodies, in less developed countries, usually leaving them bloodied (from cuts of shearing) and freezing in plummeting temperatures. Not a ‘luxury market’ material at all.
Here’s a River Island option – 100% synthetic and yet, stylish.
Is leather really cruel if you eat meat (beef anyway)? Doesn’t it come from a cow?
Here’s an insight. Many think leather is a bi-product. Most leather in the UK comes from India where cows cannot be legally killed, so have chilli peppers forced into their eyes – so they can be lead without distraction and walked for miles (days) across the border where they are brutally killed for their skin.
Some great digit warmers that are kind can be found here.
We love these Forever 21 beauties in (fake) faux leather:
Many think warm must mean the old-skool fabrics. It doesn’t. Most snow/ski fabrics made now are ‘smart fabrics’ – Gortex etc. While we are not expecting one to venture out in mid-town dressed in their snowboard gear, it can be a great alternative to an under-layer. Throw them on under your formal coat to layer up.
To wrap, here’s some of our favourite 100% acrylic coats in Forever 21 right now…