Sydney – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) US has partnered with H&M to launch a collection of fashion-forward womenswear, menswear, and kidswear for their Co-Exist Story, all made with innovative animal-free materials. The collection – which includes shoes and accessories – will be available on hm.com and at select H&M stores worldwide from 4 November.
Every piece in the Co-Exist Story is certified “PETA-Approved Vegan”. The collection’s groundbreaking materials include FLWRDWN – a cellulosic material created with natural wildflowers – in cosy puffer shoes and jackets, padded trousers, and reversible quilted shoulder bags. VEGEA (an innovative vegan material partly made from grape skins, stalks, and seeds discarded during winemaking) is used to create an embossed vest and trousers, while ECONYL® fibre (a regenerated nylon created from waste, including fishing nets and fabric scraps) appears in cosy oversized knits. The collection also includes vegan make-up and kids’ T-shirts that declare, “Speak Up for Animals!”
“Geese are loyal mates for life, cows are steadfast friends, and sheep are playful and affectionate – they are not jackets, shoes, or sweaters,” says PETA US Corporate Responsibility Manager Laura Shields. “PETA is delighted to partner with H&M for a collection that shows shoppers from Stockholm to Shanghai that the future of fashion is stylish and animal-free.”
The collection – which is the third instalment of H&M’s Innovation concept – was photographed with oversight by PETA US at Hillside Animal Sanctuary, one of the UK’s largest sanctuaries for rescued farmed animals. Images are available here.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au or follow the group on Facebook or Instagram.