Your Guide to Cruelty-Free Fashion

FriendshipCollar is proud to be a 100% cruelty-free, vegan brand.We care about the planet and the animals we share it with. That's why our collars are made from 100% vegan leather which comes from sustainable sources.Did you know that Friendship Collars are the world's first PETA-approved vegan pet products? Check us out on their list of PETA-Approved Vegan Companies.

Helping you make ethical choices

Animal cruelty abounds in some of the most popular industries, including food, fashion, and beauty. But it's not just the animals that suffer — the planet suffers, too.We're committed to doing our part to help end animal cruelty and reduce our carbon footprint. We hope you share that vision with us, but we know that shopping cruelty-free isn't always easy. That's why we created this handy guide, which is packed with resources and tips for making the switch to cruelty-free fashion.

How to tell if a clothing item is cruelty-free

Leather, wool, and silk are (obviously!) not cruelty-free, so if you want to make the switch to vegan fashion, avoid them. Sometimes, though, it's hard to tell whether something is made with real wool or fur.There's a simple solution to this problem: just read the label! Or look at the price tag. True fur products are often incredibly expensive, so you probably don't have to worry about that "fur"-lined parka at Target.Still, check the product tag before you buy. Some "faux wool" products still contain trace amounts of wool, so be wary.

Fur-iendly fabrics

These days, most clothes you'll find in high-street shops are vegan! You'll want to look out for a few key fabrics.Organic cotton is perhaps the best vegan fabric. It's treated with fewer chemicals and is more eco-friendly than mass produced cotton. Although conventional cotton is still vegan, the cotton industry takes a large toll on the planet.Bamboo fabrics are an eco-friendly, vegan alternative to silk. They're are soft, hypoallergenic, and naturally resistant to bacteria and fungi. Denim is also vegan, so you won't have to worry about tossing out your favorite jeans.Other vegan fabrics include rayon, polyester, and linen. Organic is always the best option for the those looking to buy green.

Fur-iendly makeup

It's pretty easy to find cruelty-free clothing, but beauty products are another story.First things first: any foreign makeup products sold in China have been tested on animals. Why? Because animal testing is mandatory there. (Yeah, we're just as disgusted as you are.)While some cosmetics companies might not test on animals at home, their products are tested on animals if they're sold in China. This means they're not truly cruelty-free.Here are a few ways you can tell if your beauty products really are cruelty-free.

Research the company.

Find out if they sell products in China and what their policies are on animal testing. Be aware that some companies claim they don't test on animals at all, even if their products are sold in China.

Avoid "new and improved" ingredients.

We've all heard those exaggerated claims in beauty advertisements: "This new and improved ingredient will obliterate your acne, give you a promotion at work, and make Hugh Jackman fall in love with you!"Okay, so maybe we're exaggerating a bit, but you get the idea. Those "new and improved" ingredients big brands tout have to be tested and approved before they're used. That means — you guessed it — those ingredients are often tested on animals.

Look for cruelty-free logos.

[caption id="attachment_105851" align="aligncenter" width="485"] Photo credit: Your Beauty Guru[/caption]You'll want to look for one of three bunny logos: the Leaping Bunny, PETA's cruelty-free bunny, or Choose Cruelty-Free's "Not Tested on Animals" logo.Be mindful that some companies will put a fake cruelty-free bunny logo on their products. The easiest way to spot a fake bunny is to do your homework! The Leaping Bunny, PETA, and Choose Cruelty-Free all provide lists of companies that are certified vegan through their organisations.

Cruelty-Free blogs

Follow these amazing blogs to stay up-to-date with all things cruelty-free!
We hope you found this guide to cruelty-free fashion useful. If you have any questions about our products or need some advice on shopping vegan, don't hesitate to reach out to us!We love our dogs and cats, and we want to ensure that other animals receive the same treatment they do. After all, pigs, cows, chickens, and rabbits have feelings, too!Love and friendship x