Target: Alice Lambert-Gorwyn
Goal: Applaud effort by design student to create an ethical, cruelty-free shoe
Going vegan means more than just eliminating one’s consumption of animal products. It’s about doing your best to wear ethically sourced, animal free materials, too. Though these products aren’t always easily accessible or affordable, one student hopes to revolutionize the world of fashion with her 100% vegan shoe design.
An attendant at Leeds University, Alice Lambert-Gorwyn is a vegetarian who is passionate about animal rights and environmentalism. After making the recent decision to stop wearing leather, Lambert set out to find alternative fashions. When she saw that there weren’t many options out there for an ethically concerned vegan, she set out to design her own fashions — starting with a stylishly high heeled shoe made from imitation exotic skin, faux-leather and microfiber suede.
The process required to turn animal skins into wearable fabrics is harrowing, as it requires tons of highly toxic materials like mineral salts, formaldehyde and cyanide-based dyes and finishes to be used. And tannery run-off can produce more than 130 tons of waste — lime sludge, sulphide sludge and acid, which is incredibly harmful to our water supply and atmosphere.
Fortunately, Alice’s ethical design is set to go into production and be available by summer 2014. And she hopes to work for an ethical fashion company one day. By signing this petition you’ll commend this young woman’s efforts and support ethical, animal-free fashions to be available for the mainstream.
Dear Alice Lambert-Gorwyn,
Thank you for recognizing the need for ethical, animal-free fashions through the creation of a vegan shoe that is not only stylish, but environmentally sound. The abuse animals go through simply for their furs and skins is disheartening; the amount of toxins released into our water supply and atmosphere from tanning leathers is simply appalling. Recognizing the seriousness of this problem, you chose to make a statement and I hope you continue to fight for animal rights and the conservation of our planet.
Ethical fashions are the future and I wish you continued success in the world of cruelty-free, sustainable design.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Alice Lambert-Gorwyn via carbonmade