How To: Shop for Cruelty-Free Fashion!

There’s nothing worse than battling the stores on an insane shopping trip just to get home and discover that the coat you bought was made with wool, rabbit hair, or even fur! That’s right—many stores at the mall are selling sweaters, scarves, bags, and other items made with animal skin (YUCK!).

But don’t you worry—peta2 has your back! We’ve set up a super-easy guide to help you shop for cruelty-free clothes and avoid the anger (and creepiness) of buying hair and dead skin.

Always read the label.

Look for cruelty-free fabrics such as cotton, cotton flannel, polyester, and synthetic shearling. It takes only two seconds, and it’ll help you determine if your pick is a fashion must-have or a big no-no. Stay away from items made with wool, angora, rabbit hair, cashmere, pashmina, mohair, camel hair (wtf?), and shearling.

Not sure?

Ask an employee at the store. If that person can’t give you a straight answer, just put the item back on the rack and look it up online when you get home. Still not sure? Just shoot us an e-mail, and we’ll help you out!

Let peta2 be your personal shopper!

We ♥ animals and fashion as much as you do, so it’s no surprise that we have an entire section dedicated to cruelty-free fashion. Check it out to keep up with the hottest (and most compassionate) trends! Oh, and don’t forget our must-have accessory: a peta2 no-fur button or sticker.

Follow our super-simple tips to make sure your wardrobe is as fashionable and compassionate as you are! :)

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our guide to buying vegan shoes!



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  • Profile photo of Cepharma

    755 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    The problem with all the “faux leather” stuff is that they’re basically just plastic! They’re manufacturing process is also very toxic. And they tend to last less longer than real leather. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for buying animal-free clothes, but we also have to know that all the derived clothes to leather aren’t that ecological neither.

    • 739 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]



      Some faux leather products yes are created using toxic production practises and they are quite flimsy, but also their price is quite low. If you want quality you pay for it. We are not Neanderthals anymore to dress in fur and leather. We invented so many composite materials that are 10x more resistant and durable than any animal product.

      The fact we don’t use them is down to most of us being stupid and controlled by the big industry players who will always try to cut down their costs.

      I, for one, don’t want to dress up like cavemen and want or race to progress. Using new and state of the art materials feels like progress.

    • Profile photo of kjohnson

      67 days ago

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


      That’s a common misconception, but actually the process for preserving skin (leather) is actually far more toxic, worse for the environment, and more dangerous for workers than vegan (“faux”) leather is.:)

  • 758 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I have been shopping cruelty free for many years. I do not own anything that includes leather, feathers or fur. We should never take advantage of the animals in any way.

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