My Kind Closet is a space for anyone who wants to try to live in a way that is more compassionate to the planet, and the people and animals who live here.
My initial focus for this blog was vegan-friendly fashion, as it has come a long, LONG, way over the last few years….There are so many up-and-coming designers, who are making beautiful things without the use of animal products and truly pushing the innovation of animal-free and eco-friendly textiles and fabrics.
So what does being “kind” have to do with it?
We live in a world of convenience, so it’s easy to become detached from what we’re buying.
Where did it come from?
What did it take to get from its origin all the way to my house?
What is the environmental impact?
These are questions that we don’t always ask. But, if we stop to think about it, that beautiful pair of leather boots you’re wearing is the result of cruelty. Do we really have the right to hurt anyone for the sake of fashion? I think if you took a moment to really think about it, you’ll agree that we do not. Gone are the days when we needed to hunt and kill animals for food and to wear their hides for warmth – now there are plenty of alternatives.
So, in choosing to purchase clothes made free of animal products, you actively opt out of a system that abuses, neglects, and treats living, breathing, beautiful creatures merely as “things.” By spending your hard-earned dollars on eco-friendly vegan leather bags instead of conventional leather, and other natural fabrics instead of wool, you communicate a demand to the designer/manufacturer/boutique… Every dollar we spend is a vote. Don’t vote for cruelty, vote for kindness.
You’ll also find that purposefully vegan companies tend to be more responsible in their labor practices and in the choices they make with respect to the environment.
While it’s true that you may pay more for a quality and ethically made product I would say it’s well worth the cost because you can take comfort knowing that the materials used are of high quality, the workers manufacturing that product have been paid fair wages, and efforts have been made to make to reduce negative environmental impacts. There is also a world of other brands and designers who, while not necessarily or purposefully “vegan,” create high-quality, ethically made clothes and accessories that I will also share here.
Hopefully this blog will inspire you to ditch the leather, wool, silk etc in favor of a kinder style and also to be more conscious of where the products you buy are coming from and the environmental impact it has. And , along the way, I’ll include musings on travel, vegan food, incorporating animal-friendly beauty and other products into your home, as well as opinion pieces on animal rights, vegan, environmental, and other social justice issues.
This blog has enabled me to connect with other like minded writers, bloggers, and creatives, which has helped me learn a lot over a relatively short period of time. Thanks to them, this space is constantly evolving and I hope to reflect that in the content I am able to bring to you.
My Kind Closet