Am I wearing Vegan Hiking Boots?
As my time in South America is coming to a close, I was sat reflecting on all the amazing activities I have taken part in and places I have seen. Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, Tiwanaku, checking out castles, hiking mountains, lots and lots of walking and most recently trekking into the Colca Canyon. As I prepared my suitcase and got ready to hang up my trusty hiking boots for a good few months a question entered my mind. Are these boots even vegan? Surely they will have leather on them. Oh no! As a sense of guilt washed over me I scrambled to find out what materials they were made from. It was always my intention when buying anything new to make sure it was vegan. How did my hiking boots slip through the net?
What are my hiking boots made from?
Lucky for me I did not purchase the £200+ hiking boots. I went for mid-range. I still needed them to be durable and wanted them to last me my whole trip. They have survived so far, maybe I am not working them hard enough. Buying them a little cheaper actually saved me from buying leather. The protective covering on mine are made from synthetic rubber, thankfully. Although, I don’t know the environmental impact of producing rubber nor what the glue is made from, I figure I am on the right track. One thing at a time.
My first step is to eradicate all animal products from my clothing range. Vegan hiking boots is one thing, but what about the rest of my wardrobe. Where to start?
Check the materials, does it come from an animal?
The easiest thing to look out for, especially on shoes, is leather or coated leather. But there are many other materials that are popular amongst the fashion conscious. We do not need these products and we are torturing and killing animals at an alarmingly high rate. I have seen videos of animals screaming in pain while having their fur practically pealed from them. Animals tied up scared to death, not knowing what is happening. Again, there is no humane way to kill an animal, and for what, that designer jacket you want? Have a look at some of the materials below that we need to start eradicating from our wardrobes and outdoor activities.
While in Peru I saw a lot of baby alpaca products for sale. I had to bite my tongue, a lot.
Materials to Avoid when choosing Vegan
- Any kind of Fur
- Any kind of Skin
There are some amazing alternatives to animal products now. They are even replicating leather from Pineapples! This is becoming increasingly popular among footwear and gloves.
Always choose faux fur. There is nothing to be gained by wearing real fur. Why not take the time to find out what happens behind the scenes. If you are set on wearing it then you can bear to watch it. I know many people are still a fan of down for their jackets and their bedding. Check out the alternatives on the PETA website here.
We are abundant in cruelty free alternatives, the options are out there for us. We must use supply and demand to our benefit and stop the demand for such cruel practices.
However, I am happy to say, that I am seeing more and more faux products becoming available. Most people are against fur, but don’t realise the other materials they have in their wardrobes also come from these inhumane practices.
Getting my Vegan Hiking Boots
I went looking on the internet for a vegan outdoor clothing company in the UK but sadly didn’t find one. Not one that was fully vegan. I bought a lot of my hiking gear from Mountain Warehouse. Although they have products that are not made from animals they also have a lot that are. It was the same for many companies. I did come across a vegan shoe shop called Vegetarian Shoes which looked interesting.
I also came across a few hiking boots on Amazon for you to check out:-
So, if you are in the market to open a new shop; a vegan outdoor clothing one would be very welcome. Or if you know of one, please pop them in the comments and spread the word.
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