It's no secret we believe that next generation materials are here to help disrupt the fashion industry and since this is our M-O, we could not be more excited to see the innovation happening in this space! We wanted to share and highlight some of our favourite styles and brands available today!
- Our Voes & Co Harlow chelsea boots in WHITE - made with Cactus Leather
- Nae - Pinatex Pineapple Leather Boots
- Carmona Collection - Flats with Cactus Leather
- A Perfect Jane - Apple Leather cowboy style boots
- Carmona Collection - Combat Boots made with Cactus Leather
- Bohema - Vegea Grape Leather boots
- CLAE - Appleskin sneakers
- Adidas x Sean Wotherspoon - Sneakers made with Mylo Mycelium Mushroom Leather
- Venus is Vegan - Apple Leather Flats
- Our Voes & Co Harlow chelsea boots in black - made with Cactus Leather
In case you are new to next gen materials, here is a recap:
Next Generation materials refers to the innovation of vegan materials beyond petroleum based plastic synthetic PU and PVC towards more bio, plant-based. Think less plastic and more plants. Some of these new next gen materials are actually 100% plastic free, yes!
The fashion industry is notorious for its excessive use of resources, pollution, and exploitation of both animals and laborers. Here are a few sobering statistics:
Water Usage: The fashion industry is one of the largest consumers of freshwater in the world, with millions of liters used daily for dyeing, finishing, and washing textiles.
Pollution: The dyeing and finishing processes in traditional fashion release harmful chemicals into rivers and oceans, causing irreversible damage to ecosystems.
Animal Exploitation: Traditional fashion relies heavily on animal-derived materials such as leather, fur, and wool, often resulting in cruel practices and immense suffering.
Fast Fashion: The relentless pursuit of cheap, disposable fashion leads to massive waste and overproduction, contributing to landfills and pollution.
The Rise of Vegan, Sustainable Materials
Thankfully, a new era of fashion is dawning, driven by the development and adoption of these eco-friendly, plant based, next generation vegan materials. Here are some of the Environmental Benefits of next gen materials:
Reduced Resource Consumption: Plant based materials require fewer resources, such as land, water, and energy, compared to traditional materials like leather and wool.
Lower Carbon Footprint: The production of plant based materials generally results in lower greenhouse gas emissions, making them more climate-friendly.
Reduced Pollution: Plant based materials often involve less chemical-intensive processes, reducing pollution and its harmful impacts on ecosystems.
Biodiversity Preservation: By not relying on animal agriculture for materials, vegan fashion helps protect biodiversity and reduce habitat destruction.
Circular Economy: Many plant based next gen vegan materials can be recycled and repurposed, contributing to a more sustainable, circular fashion system.
As consumers become more conscious of the ecological impact of their choices, next-generation vegan materials are in a great position to reshape the fashion industry. By choosing these materials, we can all contribute to a more sustainable world where style and compassion coexist harmoniously. The fashionable future is vegan, and it's also a greener, cleaner, and more ethical one.