World Environment Day 2019 is here — a global initiative to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect the environment.
Hosted by the United Nations, the annual event, which this year is on Wednesday, June 5, is a chance to take stock of our impact on the planet, whether by looking at our carbon footprint or the products we choose for our homes.
And following on from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s decision to kit out baby Archie’s nursery using vegan paints earlier this year, it seems we’re all following suit with wanting cruelty-free products in our homes.
In response to this booming trend, animal rights charity PETA have announced this year’s best vegan interior brands to watch out for.
The UK-based charity, dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals, has announced the winners of its Vegan Homeware Awards 2019 and top high street and designer names have made it onto the list.
Among the winners of this year’s awards are H&M Home’s Conscious collection, Italian furniture makers Cassina and smaller, indie businesses, who all submitted products for consideration for the award.
From innovative apple leather products to feather-free cushions, the vegan homewares that have made it onto the list are both stylish and cruelty-free, a win-win for animal lovers everywhere.
Brands ditching wool for animal-friendly alternatives included H&M Home, who won best wool-free rug for its recycled cotton rug.
Adorned with a turquoise and white floral pattern, the rug is part of the H&M Conscious range, which uses sustainable and recycled materials.
Meanwhile, eco textiles brand Weaver Green has been awarded best wool-free ottoman for its Kasbah Ink Ottoman made from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles but with the look and feel of a wool product.
The award for best wool-free blanket went to House of Kind, for its handcrafted Polku blanket featuring a grey and off-white Scandi design, offset with pink pom poms.
And The Fine Bedding Company’s vegan Smartdown range of bedding – also made from recycled plastic bottles with a 280 thread count – was crowned best down-free bed linen.
Other winners in PETA’s Vegan Homeware Awards 2019 include accessories brand Hetty + Sam, whose stylish geometric cushion is made from cruelty-free fabric, Eden Perfumes’ Vegan Soy Wax Candle in lime, basil and mandarin and Ocado’s Scruffs Eco Donut Dog Bed, made with recycled fleece.
Meanwhile, Italian brand Cassina won the collaboration award for their collaboration with Philippe Starck to create furniture using apple waste in place of leather.
The experimental product, Apple Ten Lork, is made from apple cores and skins that would otherwise be wasted.
And Dutch designer Tjeerd Veenhoven won the innovation award for his use of palm leather to create a range of vegan rugs.
An alternative to cow hide, the innovative rugs are made from palm leaves, which are folded in strips and attached to a woven base to create a patterned appearance.
PETA’s director Elisa Allen says there is a booming demand for vegan décor with buyers looking for fashionable and functional pieces.
“Animals are not fabric – and we need to move away from using their skin, fur, wool, and feathers as such.
“As interest in vegan living grows, so does the availability of stylish, cruelty-free home decor options. In our selection of the winning products, we took into account their look and feel, ethical credentials, and feedback received from PETA staff as well as from compassionate consumers,” she says.
When looking at the criteria for what makes a product vegan and cruelty-free when choosing the winners, the team at PETA get confirmation from the shortlisted brands.
The team also take on board feedback from consumers throughout the year.
Take a look through our gallery above for the best vegan homewares on the market right now…
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