Let’s start at the very beginning shall we.. So, what is Vegan? Quite simply a Vegan is a person who does not eat meat nor do they use any animal product.
Basically, in a nutshell – Veganism is a way of life which means living and eating in a way that totally excludes the exploitation of and cruelty to animals as much as it is possible.
There are many reasons that people become vegans the main 2 of which are;
Ethical Reasons – Ethical vegans believe very strongly that each and every creature has the right to life and freedom and therefore, are opposed to ending a conscious beings life or causing physical and psychological stress to animals in order to drink it’s milk, eat its flesh or wear its fur and skin.
Environmental Reasons – Environmental vegans choose to avoid meat and animal products. For instance, it is said that animal agriculture contributes to 65% of the nitrous oxide emissions, 35-40% of Global Methane and 9% of Global Carbon Dioxide emissions. These gasses are considered the 3 principal greenhouse gasses involved in climate change and air pollution.
Here at Mystical Mayhem Hippy HQ, although we are not Vegan nor Vegetarian, we fully support vegans and their way of life, the decisions of all people and, where possible, try to show that in our hippy clothing. We support all hippy’s and want to supply them all with fabulous ethical hippy clothing.
We get emails often from customers telling us that they would love to buy our festival clothing and would like to know if it is Vegan friendly. To be honest, the very first time we got this type of query through into our inbox, I shouted across to Sy and had to ask him as although I vaguely knew what a vegan was, I really thought that it was only food related and so wondered why on earth we were being asked such a question. Now of course, I have done my research and am much better educated – sorry folks!
The answer is to the question is yes, the majority of our hippy clothing is indeed suitable for vegans. Most of our clothing is made from cottons or man-made materials which is excellent however sometimes it is just not possible to carry this through to all of our clothing.
We do have a few hippy clothing lines that are not suitable such as our wool jackets, jumpers and woolly hats.
For those of you who are still not quite sure what a vegan is or what being a vegan involves then I would urge you to check out The Vegan Society for more information. If you just type vegan into Google there is an endless amount of information.
There are many, many vegans out there in the world, many vegetarians and many meat eaters – at the end of the day we are all human beings. We may share different beliefs on what we should and should not eat but, we are all people and we should be trying to better our planet by doing what we believe in.
Never give up or be afraid to fight for what you believe in.