The following article was written by Leigh-Anne Dennison.
Whether you're a parent who's making
that dreaded trip to the store or a teen with permission to purchase your own
outfits for the new school year, reading is fundamental to shopping for
back-to-school looks that are cool, not cruel—reading labels, that is!
Of course, jeans and denim skirts
topped with a cotton T-shirt or jersey are almost always a safe choice as well
as being stylish and comfortable. But if you're grabbing a lightweight sweater
for breezy mornings at the bus stop, look at that label—even some light
sweaters may include a small percentage of wool, angora, or alpaca in the
When you choose a backpack or
knapsack, nylon, polyurethane, or cotton canvas are convenient, affordable, and cleanable options—just be on the
lookout for bags sporting leather straps or patches.
Shoes require a bit more scrutiny.
Some manufacturers may even sneak leather into cute, casual cotton tennis
shoes. Double-check the list of materials to confirm that all the fabric in
kicky canvas low- and high-tops consists of natural (non-animal) fibers or is synthetic.
For bold teens who are prepared to
tell their classmates where they stand on important issues of kindness and
cruelty, check out the PETA online store for graphic tees that contain
conscience-clearing messages in cute and clever designs.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.