Published by Liam Cronin.

For certain animal skins, we know to be on the lookout for certain products. For wool, we keep an eye on sweaters and socks, but wool can hide in all sorts of places.

Not only do wool products mean a lifetime of imprisonment for the sheep used to make them, they can also mean forced breeding, eventual slaughter, and cruel mulesing, a horribly painful process in which chunks of skin and flesh are cut from sheep’s backsides—often without anesthetics.

Keep an eye out for wool in these products:

1. Carpets and rugs

Carpets can be an afterthought, but these home essentials sometimes contain wool. Make sure your next carpet is 100 percent cruelty-free.

2. Suit jackets and pea coats

You’d be shocked at how many suit jackets sneak wool into the fabric, and the fact that you can’t tell the difference proves that it’s unnecessary.

3. Table cloths

This bread is vegan, but is the table cloth? Double check to be sure.

4. Sheets

Looks comfy, but you’ll sleep better once you make sure that your bedding is cruelty-free.

5. Shirts and flannels

There are plenty of cotton alternatives to wool shirts, and you can still get the grunge look.

6. Pants

Walk the walk and ensure your pants stay wool-free.

7. Shoes

Leather isn’t the only danger here. Make sure wool stays off your feet.

8. Hats

Sturdy, wool-free winter hats are easy to find. And something about this hat just screams, “Compassion.”

9. Towels

Sheep need their wool to keep dry, but you don’t. Opt for cotton towels next time you buy.

10.  Drapes and curtains

When you do your next redesign, don’t forget to keep cruelty off the windows.

The lesson here? Always check the tag. You never know what might be hiding in your next purchase.

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