Are You Wearing Animals? Is Cruelty-Free Living For You

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We love everything, McCartney. They make it so easy to love them.

Remember listening to the Beatles and later Wings Over America, all the while longing over Paul? I even remember when Paul and Linda started to advocate their vegan lifestyle. Both so graceful and sympathetic to their beliefs.

Yes, we love Paul, but also Stella for her cruelty-free brand.

Stella, the daughter of Paul and Linda McCartney, is a fashion icon. The rich and famous clamor at the opportunity to wear one of her designs… Stella’s collections of clothes are consistently delicate and feminine but most importantly cruelty-free. Stella is possibly fashion’s most outspoken animal–rights advocate and through out the years has been creating amazing items using vegan leather and faux fur. Never a feathered friend will embody her designs. Stella McCartney is a vegetarian brand. Is it any wonder that it’s difficult to find the textiles and fibers needed to create her products? [caption id="attachment_1029" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Are You Wearing Animals? Is Cruelty Free Living For You? Cruelty-Free is a Life Style Choice[/caption] Stella has gone so far as to cease sourcing wool from Patagonia after hearing about the mistreatment of sheep by the supplier she was acquiring wool from. Stella stated,

"As a designer who built a brand on not using leather, fur or animal skins in its designs, I can't tolerate it! I am devastated by the news but more determined than ever to fight for animal rights in fashion together and monitor even more closely all suppliers involved in this industry to end all innocent lives. We are also looking into vegan 'wool' as well, in the same manner, we were able to develop and incorporate high-end alternatives to leather and fur over the years."

Take it from a life-long “Team Paul” fan, cruelty-free doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fashion sense.

The rest of the fashion industry is following Stella’s lead. Now there are oodles of affordable, animal cruelty-free alternative clothing in stores today, often found at Anthropologie, and Free People,  Melissa McCarthy Seven7, and many more. Being cruelty-free certainly doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fashion sense. Comment below and let us know if you shop cruelty-free? Why or why not? Please share with others that may find this information useful.

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  • Sometimes it’s difficult to find things. I’m not obsessed with cruelty-free – I would drive myself nuts but I think it’s so great when an entire company holds a strong philosophy as she does. I’m very impressed with it all.

    Maureen Lake on
  • I try to shop cruelty free as much as possible

    Ruth and Layla on
  • We use a cruelty free app to check items as a lot of the times, it’s very hard to tell – and you would never guess that products are tested on or contain animals. Thanks for this great reminder – now I have to check out that coat!

    MattieDog on
  • I really need to be more aware of what products I am buying to make sure they are cruelty-free! Hurray for Stella McCartney. ♥

    M. K. Clinton on
  • OMD, I LOVE, love, love Stella McCartney, not just for her amazing designs, but for all her work in advocating for cruelty free fashion. I declined to purchase a gorgeous jacket w/ removable fur trim because I didn’t want to support any fashion item that had fur on it. I wore fur as a young girl, before we had all the awareness. It upsets me that fur is back on the runways in full force – I’m not sure exactly when & how it made such a comeback! I want no part of wearing fur – it always looks better on the animal! There is also a documentary you MUST see, it’s called The True Cost (truecostmovie.com & available on Netflix). It’s about the terrible impacts fashion is having on humans in third world countries due to the manufacturing process. Stella speaks out against that as well. It’s so awful. I’d rather pay more for my clothing than have it cause birth defects in children living in India and other countries. Thanks for writing this, awesome post! p.s. I adore Paul as well, LOL!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    Cathy Armato on


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