Fashion and Beauty – Totally Vegan Buzz

Karl Lagerfeld uses cactus leather for new vegan designer handbag collection

The luxury fashion house releases its first 11-piece vegan and eco-friendly collection in partnership with model Amber Valletta. Fashion house Karl Lagerfeld has launched its first vegan leather handbag collection made from cactus and organic cotton.  The label collaborated with 1990s supermodel, actress, and friend of the late fashion mogul, Amber Valletta to debut a …

Saks Fifth Avenue to ditch fur to match ‘customer preferences and societal shifts’

“Trends constantly evolve and the sale of fur remains a significant social issue. As such, eliminating it from our assortment is the right step for us to take at this time.”  This week, Saks Fifth Avenue announced it will stop selling fur and all animal-fur clothes and accessories will be off its shelves by 2023. …

Maryland to become latest US State to ban animal-tested cosmetics as cruelty-free demand soars

“The world is moving away from cosmetics testing, with 40 nations having passed laws to end or limit cosmetic animal testing. We urge lawmakers to move swiftly and end the cruelty for good.” Maryland is set to become the 5th US state to ban animal-tested cosmetics amid growing demand for cruelty-free products. Lawmakers unanimously voted to pass …

Ricky Gervais and Zac Efron to star in Save Ralph – a film to end animal testing

The upcoming animated short film that spotlights the issue of animal testing is produced by Humane Society International (HSI) and written and directed by Spencer Susser. Ricky Gervais and Zac Efron are starring in a short-animated film – Save Ralph – that demands an end to animal testing. Written and directed by vegan filmmaker Spencer …

Luxury fashion designers Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga go fur-free

“Nearly 80% of Brits associate brands that use fur with the words ‘cruel’, ‘outdated’, ‘unethical’ or ‘out of touch’ so it’s clear that fur is a sinking ship in PR terms.” Kering-owned fashion brands Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga have gone fur-free. The announcement, which came in Kering’s 2020 Universal Registration report follows the Humane Society …

Adidas revamps iconic Stan Smith sneaker using recycled materials as part of sustainability drive

“A new standard in sustainability, crafted in a classic silhouette. Because style and sustainability shouldn’t just go hand in hand, they belong on your feet.” Adidas has revamped its iconic tennis-inspired sneaker giving it a sustainable makeover this time. The Stan Smith range, which gets its title from the tennis star of the same name …

Lug unveils first-ever PETA-approved vegan leather collection

“We are very proud of the debut of our new vegan leather collection. We had very high standards for ourselves and insisted on a proper finish when launching this collection.” A popular lifestyle brand has launched its first-ever vegan leather collection. Founded in 2005, Lug, which is known for its fashionable handbags and accessories has …

Hourglass cosmetics launches new vegan, carmine-free red lipstick

The new insect-free lipstick uses an innovative ingredient Red 0 that symbolizes ‘Hourglass’ ongoing commitment to animal welfare’. Luxury beauty brand Hourglass has launched a vegan carmine alternative in partnership with consumer goods giant Unilever. While carmine lipsticks get their characteristic red tinge from crushed cochineal beetles – a whopping 70,000 insects are killed for …

Stella McCartney creates world’s first vegan mushroom leather garments

“These rare, exclusive pieces embody our commitment to innovate a kinder fashion industry—one that sees the birth of beautiful, luxurious materials as opposed to the deaths of our fellow creatures and planet.” Today, British designer Stella McCartney unveiled the world’s first-ever garments created from mushroom leather. The luxury designer’s exclusive designs include a black bustier …

Vegan cactus leather company wins popular award after teaming up with H&M

“PETA’s Compassionate Business Award celebrates Desserto leather for challenging the false idea that cows are commodities.” Vegan leather company Adriano Di Marti has won PETA’s award for ‘promoting kindness to animals and a sustainable planet’ with the development of its cactus leather. Mexican entrepreneurs Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez, aka the duo behind Desserto- …

Virginia becomes 4th US state to ban animal testing for cosmetics

“Cosmetics animal testing is simply not needed to ensure the safety of cosmetics for human use. Each year, thousands of animals endure harsh testing methods, including having chemicals dripped into their eyes or rubbed onto their skin, after which they are killed.” A bill that bans the animal-testing of new cosmetics and selling of animal-tested …

Fur farm exposé reveals animals ‘experiencing slow, agonizing deaths’ and carcasses being sold for human consumption

“There is nothing glamorous about electrocuting animals to death. Fur farms have no place in a modern society, and it is essential that we end the fur trade for good.”                         An undercover video has revealed evidence of extreme animal suffering on multiple fur farms in China – with one farmer also admitting that the ‘meat …