A new school year is just around the corner, which means it’s time to spruce up your wardrobe. Back-to-school shopping isn’t just for the kids—teachers like to look their best, too! Unfortunately, millions of animals are still killed for their skin, wool, fur, and feathers. But we did the research for you, and with so many options, you can leave the cruelty out of your wardrobe.
No teacher’s wardrobe would be complete without a cozy cardigan. When shopping for clothing, look for cruelty-free fabrics such as Tencel, viscose, organic cotton, cotton flannel, polyester, and synthetic shearling. Avoid items made with wool, angora, rabbit hair, cashmere, pashmina, mohair, camel hair, and shearling.
Try adding one of these fashionable items (or all of them) to your wardrobe—just be prepared to answer a lot of questions in the copy room about where you got them:
Blaze Into the New Year
Take your professionalism to the next level with a blazer this year. These offer an effortless and cruelty-free way to dress up any outfit.
Just for Kicks
Keep your feet comfortable while teaching a compassionate lesson to your students. Just be sure to avoid cruelly produced materials like leather, suede, alligator skin, and snakeskin. Look for vegan leather or synthetic materials like polyurethane, microfiber, cork, pineapple leather, waxed canvas, cotton, “mock croc,” “fake snake,” or faux suede.
Carry It All
Between stacks of ungraded papers, worksheets to copy, and all those pages from professional development sessions, you’ve got your hands full—literally. Try one of these animal-friendly totes to help you manage your load and promote kindness at the same time.
Set your compassionate classroom expectations early in the year with these beautiful animal-friendly reminders. You can also add some flare with a cotton scarf or bowtie.
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