As companies, consumers, and artists become more aware that animals are individuals, not clothing or art materials—and learn how animals are violently abused and killed for their wool, skins, feathers, and fur—they’re choosing functional and luxurious textiles made from eco-friendly plants and recycled synthetics that no one had to die for.
Here’s a list of companies and vegan artists paving the way toward a cruelty-free future:
Specializing in vegan and eco-conscious fine art and traditional craft supplies, Things Human allows artists to create meaningful work without harming animals or the planet. It offers a wide variety of vegan products, including yarns made of bamboo and soybeans as well as natural pigments and animal hair-free paintbrushes.
World of Wool
You can’t unsee how lambs are beaten and their flesh is torn off in the wool industry. So after concerned, compassionate consumers asked World of Wool to offer vegan options, the 40-year-old company began selling colorful, chunky vegan wool made of pineapples, bamboo, hemp, cotton, soybeans, and linen.
Vegan Yarn is passionately committed to both animal rights and human rights, environmental sustainability, and a kind future for the textiles industry. The company offers a wide range of plant-derived fibers that are great wool-free options, including soysilk, bamboo, Tencel, vegan cashmere, and linen.
Look no further than Rawanique for beautiful, durable animal-free materials. It sells twine, rope, and yarn made of organic cotton, linen, and cannabis hemp grown and naturally processed in the U.S. and Europe.
U.K.-based company Yarn Yarn offers plant-derived, eco-friendly, and recycled yarns handmade by women’s cooperatives and small communities in rural India. Its vegan yarn is made of hemp, linen, and even sustainable fibers that are scraped from the bark of banana trees.
Churchmouse Yarns & Teas
Churchmouse Yarns & Teas sells a variety of plant-based yarns made of cotton, hemp, and linen—including one of the finest linen yarns on the market, Louet Euroflax. This animal-friendly material is gleaned from blue-flowering flax, double-boiled, and then steamed for softness.
Simplifi Fabric is a family-operated business that’s passionate about bringing organic textiles from around the world to customers. It has one of the largest selections of vegan fabrics, including bamboo, vegan leather, hemp, organic cotton, soy, and lyocell.
Michigan-based company BeCozi offers luxurious and affordable vegan wool made of 100 percent acrylic that has the feel of merino wool without harming animals. It’s perfect for weaving, felting, knitting, crochet, making chunky knit blankets, and so much more.
Vegan Artists Are Changing the Textiles Game
So maybe you’re not the crafty type yourself—no worries! There are tons of talented artists who use cutting-edge vegan materials to make beautiful items. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorites: