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Your Kitchen Is Vegan. What About the Rest of Your House?

Written by Heather Moore | January 22, 2016

PETA’s pal Moby told Quartz that a leather couch makes him think of Christian Bale in American Psycho or a bad recording studio in 1985. If you haven’t seen American Psycho, well, trust me: It’s creepy and disturbing—just like a sofa made from animal skins.

Thankfully, it’s easy to find stylish and sturdy vegan furniture, made from microfibers or other vegan fabrics. Making Kind Choices by PETA President Ingrid Newkirk includes a chapter called “Kindness by Design: Creating and Furnishing a Humane Home.” It contains helpful tips for people who want a leather-free home that reflects their compassionate values as well as their sense of style.

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Obviously, if you care about animals, you’ll want to avoid leather and suede, along with wool, silk, and down (not to mention animal trophy heads, unless you want to be mistaken for Walter Palmer).

If you like the leather couch look but don’t want to support cruelty to animals, simply choose a sofa made from synthetic leather. Instead of silk curtains or sheets, choose cotton, linen, polyester, and other attractive and affordable fabrics. (One of my craftier colleagues even made her own DIY curtains.) More and more popular retailers, including Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and Crate and Barrel, now offer down-free bedding or throw pillows, and rugs made from Tencel, acrylic, or other synthetic materials are elegant and tend to cost less than those made from wool.

If you’re in need of a professional touch, Deborah Rosenberg of Dimare Designs is a PETA-approved vegan home interior consultant, and Shannon Scott of Shannon Scott Design says that making a home vegan doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.

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People who have the resources to remodel might also want to look into sustainable wood and other environmentally friendly materials, as mentioned in Making Kind Choices. The book, which also includes tips on creating a natural garden to attract birds and butterflies, designing an eco- and animal-friendly bathroom, choosing cruelty-free cleaning products, and much more, can help you create a humane home, entertain with ethics, and follow a vegan lifestyle. So ditch the leather and other animal skins and don’t remind anyone of a psychopath!