peta2's Back-to-School Checklist!

As the summer draws to a close (I know, I know—boo!), students everywhere are saying “Adios” to homework-free days and are heading back to class.

Not sure what to wear, what to pack for lunch, or how you can help animals this school year? No worries! peta2’s making it easy for you to prep for your first day back with our brand-new back-to-school checklist!

Check it out:

Animal-friendly clothes

Choosing the perfect outfit for the first day of school is of überimportance, so make sure that when you’re turning heads in the hallway, you’re also changing minds with your stylin’ cruelty-free fashion! Check out stores like Forever 21, Target, Charlotte Russe, H&M, and Urban Outfitters for some fab finds.

Shoes that no one died for!

Let’s be real: Is there anything less en vogue than showing up to class with dead animal skin on your feet? This year, instead of buying UGGs or any other shoe made from the skin of tortured animals, strut your stuff in leather-free and fur-free shoes instead! The best part? Hot Topic, Payless Shoe Source, Papaya, Charlotte Russe, and Forever21 all have tons of super-cute vegan shoes.

Bunny-friendly beauty

Whether it’s make-up, perfume, cologne, or hair gel, we know you’re stocking up on beauty products this year! Next time you buy, be sure to check the labels to make sure that you’re not supporting companies that test on animals. Not sure which companies do or don’t test? Check out peta2’s Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide!

A lunch that didn’t scream

Believe it or not, the cafeteria is a pretty great place to spread the word about going vegan! Why not whip up some lunchbox-friendly vegan recipes and show your friends that your lunch isn’t lacking in the deliciousness department. While you’re at it, why not chat with school officials about getting a veggie burger added to the cafeteria menu, too?

The choice NOT to dissect

Don’t want to chop up dead animals in science class this year? Yeah, we didn’t think so. Find out if your state has dissection-choice laws or policies that allow you to refuse to participate in classroom dissection, and if it doesn’t, get one added to your school!


Feather-free bedding

If you’re planning to buy new bedding for your dorm room this semester, do yourself a favor and don’t buy down! In order to produce down pillows and comforters, birds are often pinned down or lifted by their necks or a delicate wing and have their feathers painfully ripped out while they are alive and able to feel pain. Check out Target, JCPenney, and tons of other stores for warm, cruelty-free bedding instead.

Pretty simple, huh? Don’t forget to contact us if you need any help!



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  • Profile photo of Arachelle

    973 days ago

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    OMMMGGG!!!!!! MY favorite Charlotte Russe clothes and boots are all vegan!
    I’m so happy! <3 I've been looking all week trying to find out if I can wear my awesome boots guilt-free and happy! Yay. 🙂

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    1018 days ago

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  • Profile photo of stopthisanimalcruelty99

    1074 days ago

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    Vegan clothing is easier to find than I thought! (::

  • 1248 days ago

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    This article is an eye-opener. It’s unthinkable how people can can goose-down feather mattress, fur-lined Uggs, mink stoles and all, when to have these mean being cruel to animals.

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    1352 days ago

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    Gay Rights are important too, but this is about protecting animals that can’t speak.
    I also don’t think it will do much to just avoid there products where gay rights are concerned because that was money donated in the past, not like cruel studies they continue to do. And the products made are in different departments. It would be a lot wiser to write them a letter.

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    1371 days ago

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    It’s really difficult to be conscientious about cruelty-free products AND equal rights, as companies such as Urban Outfitters and Target have donated to anti-gay political canidates in the past. At least Target is changing their ways, though I cannot say the same about Urban Outfitters.

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      1371 days ago

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      Thank you for bringing this up. Although I do not think it is that difficult to be a cruely free, conciencious shopper, shopping at resale stores or researching whee you buy is key!