From Faux-Sheepskin Rugs to High-Quality Bed Linens, PETA Launches List of Best Buys for a Beautiful, Ethical Home
As demand for compassionate and sustainable decor and furnishings grows – keeping pace with the skyrocketing interest in vegan living – PETA’s second annual Vegan Homeware Awards recognise this year’s top designs and innovations for a cruelty-free home.
Anthropologie has won Best Vegan Sofa for its turquoise Angelina sofa made with durable polyester dolly “wool”; Zara was awarded Best Wool-Free Blanket for its funky crocheted Plain Weave Multicoloured Blanket; the award for Best Feather-Free Cushion went to Weaver Green for its Nomad Taurus Cushion, made entirely from recycled plastic bottles; The White Company nabbed the prize for Best Silk-Free Sheets for its luxurious Camborne Bed Linen Collection; and for the second year in a row, IKEA has taken the award for Best Faux-Sheepskin Rug for its soft and warm Fårdrup rug. Other winners include Israeli designer Erez Nevi Pana, who received the Innovation Award for his artistic vegan furniture – made from natural materials like salt and soil – and Instagram influencer Suszi Saunders, who won the Best Vegan Home Award for her lavishly decorated London abode.
“Compassionate consumers can adorn their abodes with the beautiful, cruelty-free winners of PETA’s Vegan Homeware Awards,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA is delighted to honour the forward-thinking companies that are meeting the booming demand for vegan homes with fashionable and functional pieces that are sure to make every space shine.”
PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”, has released several exposés revealing that many animals killed for leather endure castration, branding, tail-docking, and dehorning without painkillers before finally being skinned and dismembered – even while they’re still conscious. Terrified geese are painfully live-plucked for their feathers in China, and workers punch and kick gentle sheep and even break their necks while violently shearing them for their wool. In addition to being kinder to animals, vegan fabrics – natural or synthetic – have an environmental footprint that is minor compared to the devastation caused by animal agriculture and the chemicals that must be used to prevent animal-derived materials from decomposing in people’s homes.
For more information on each category and to see all the winners, please visit PETA.org.uk.