Allbirds’ New Shareholder Wants It to Live Up to the ‘Sustainable’ Reputation It Claims to Have

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

Merino wool–focused shoe retailer Allbirds just went public on Nasdaq, and—for sheep’s sake—PETA’s going all in on its stock. As a shareholder, we’ll attend the company’s annual meetings and urge it to swap wool for vegan textiles that are actually sustainable.

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Every wool Allbirds shoe represents a gentle sheep who may have been kicked, punched, or left in a pool of their own blood on a shearing shed floor.

Allbirds wants you to believe that “[its] sheep live the good life,” but PETA and PETA entities know this is nonsense: We’ve documented cruelty to sheep while visiting 117 wool operations worldwide, revealing our findings in 14 exposés. Even on so-called “sustainable” and “responsible” farms, workers beat, stomped on, cut, and slit the throats of conscious, struggling sheep.

By switching entirely to sustainable vegan materials, such as the eucalyptus tree fiber that it’s already using, Allbirds could avoid contributing to the devastating environmental cost of wool production (e.g., water pollution, desertification, methane emissions, and wildlife killing) and actually live up to the “sustainable” reputation that it claims to have.

With our new shareholder status, PETA will push Allbirds to cut the greenwashing by eliminating wool from its products.

Previously, we gave the company a Pants on Fire award for humane washing—claiming to care about animal welfare and the environment, even though it sells wool stolen from sheep—and more than 110,000 supporters of PETA entities called on it to sell only innovative and sustainable vegan materials instead.

Liar Liar Pants on Fire Award for Allbirds

If you haven’t yet urged Allbirds to drop wool immediately, please click below to take action:

Allbirds Is All Wrong—Tell It to Ditch Wool NOW!

While we get busy with some shareholder activism, you can make a huge difference for sheep and other animals via consumer activism. Allbirds is banking on you not finding out about the cruel industry that it supports, but now you know better—so throw your hard-earned cash elsewhere, like at the heaps of brands that make shoe shopping easy by being 100% vegan:

Shop Brands That Truly Are Humane and Sustainable

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind