Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS

Hello, loves, and welcome back to the blog! Today we are honoured to feature the amazingly beautiful  “Peta Approved” Vegan Fashion Line by LANIUS.

As you all know, I am such a big supporter of sustainably vegan brands and also those who are doing their best to provide sustainable and vegan options for our community. Ethical fashion is a big passion of mine and I had the best time shooting for this new PETA approved (woo-hoo!) fashion line. Our social media inbox is always flooded with messages about ethical fashion, so let’s get to it!

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by Lanius

 

FASHION WITH RESPECT FOR
PEOPLE, ANIMALS & ENVIRONMENT

LANIUS has three guiding principles:

Love Fashion.

Think Organic.

Be Responsible.

 

In today’s fashion highlight, we are going to break down everything that makes LANIUS great. We will chat about sustainability, production, transparency, and ethics.

Let’s get educated on the Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS!

A Brief Overlook of LANIUS

 

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by Lanius

 

Slow FashionSlow fashion is the movement of designing, creating, and buying garments for quality and longevity. It encourages slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints, and more. The team of Lanius creative designers produces new LANIUS collections twice a year in their Cologne workshop.

 

Sustainability is at the forefront of their minds: LANIUS uses materials produced according to controlled ecological standards. Season after season, Lanius invests intensive research to become even better, even more sustainable and to be able to offer you even more beautiful qualities.

 

Natural & Organic Materials: Natural materials are the key to high-quality. Organic cotton, organic linen, hemp, tencel, and more are used to create their gorgeous pieces.

Cruelty-Free: Today we are featuring the “Peta Approved Vegan Fashion Line”, but what about the other fashion lines held by Lanius? Out of love and respect for animals, Lanius uses neither real fur nor down. When it comes to wool, they stick to a strict “no-mulesing“ policy. To learn more about their practice, please click here.

 

Responsible: Lanius assumes responsibility for people, animals, as well as the environment. The production sites comply with social and environmental standards, which are regularly checked by independent institutions and the company themselves.

 

Fair Working Conditions: Lanius has production centers in Lithuania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Turkey, Peru, China and India. Each one of these amazing centres is held to the highest standards.

LANIUS Founder: Claudia Lanius

 

Claudia Lanius had a strong vision when she started up the LANIUS brand. She envisioned a fashion brand that combined eco-friendly materials with fair working conditions, feminine silhouettes and the perfect fit. It’s pretty easy to see that she has successfully turned her vision into a reality and has inspired brands all over the world to take crucial steps in becoming more sustainable, ethical, and conscious.

The creative designers of LANIUS create TWO new collections each and every year. Compare this with the fast fashion’s industry 52+ collections each year, and you will begin to see just how miraculously slow and sustainable LANIUS truly is. LANIUS uses the highest quality materials, with strong attention to detail, and creates fashionable pieces that will last the test of time.

LANIUS is, in all regards, exactly what we need in this fashion world.

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS: Transparency is Key

 

When shopping via the LANIUS website, you have the options of selecting Detail, Sustainability, Care, Material and Production. This is probably one of my most favorite features of the LANIUS site. The transparency of this company is so very refreshing! With just a click of a button, customers can make educated decisions on their clothes and know that they are supporting a wonderful company that stands behind strong ethics. Imagine if all brands were as transparent as this one?

We at WonderMamas were so very excited to see “production” as a category that is easily accessible when shopping. This production category let’s the consumer know where the clothing was made, a bit of background information, certifications, and fair trade conditions. Just marvelous.

 

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS

 

Sustainable development is based on the so-called three pillar system: economic, environmental and social. The folks behind LANIUS see sustainability as a future-oriented and ongoing process. They take into consideration the people, animals and the environment. LANIUS’S defining strength is the ability to produce fair, high-quality and eco-friendly collections season after season.

How does LANIUS stay committed to their values?

Here are a few wonderful ways:

  • LANIUS is a GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified companyThis provides a uniform certification process in the production of sustainable textiles. A product receives the GOTS seal when the entire supply chain, from cultivation to production, is certified in every step. The seal is renewed annually and the companies are subject to regular checks.
  • The bioRe® FoundationWith every purchase of the LANIUS charity shirt line, 3 euros per shirt will go to the school project of the bioRe® foundation, thus enabling the preservation, expansion and operation of a school for the children of the LANIUS organic cotton farmers. The bioRe® Foundation has been supporting infrastructure development in India and Tanzania since 1997, thus ensuring the sustainable improvement of the living conditions of farmers’ families. The main focus is on the cultivation of organic cotton as a sustainable livelihood, as well as the areas of health, education and livelihood.
  • #NoPlastic Initiative: Through better packaging, organic textile, clever caring, and recycled fibres, LANIUS is fighting back against plastic on a daily basis.
  • Natural Dyeing: This was so very exciting for me to see! Natural dyeing produces 97 % less water contamination compared to conventional dyeing, Energy savings of up to 30 %, and is Gentle and natural to the skin, because it’s free of harmful chemicals. LANIUS is committed to creating more pieces with natural dye. Check out the full break down here!

 

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by Lanius

 

 

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS: Peta Approved!

 

So now to the most exciting part, the Vegan Fashion Line! I am thrilled to share this with you all. Let’s take a look!

The vegan fashion line by LANIUS is everything that you would expect from a company with such high standards. The fibres are top of the line, the pieces are absolutely timeless, and you can feel good purchasing something for yourself without worrying about the high consequences of fashion. I love that LANIUS took the time and effort to become Peta approved certified through the application and interview process. This really shows how much they honour the vegan lifestyle and I truly appreciate that.

What is the “Peta Approved Logo”?

The “PETA-Approved Vegan” logo allows companies that sell apparel, accessories, furniture, or home decor to highlight their vegan offerings, helping consumers find animal-free products at a glance and make purchases that align with their values.

Ethical consumers can rest assured knowing that the entire article, as well as its manufacture, are free from animal ingredients.

‘As more and more people decide to live vegan – for the sake of animals, the environment and their own health – …we try to offer more and more vegan garments at LANIUS as well. The PETA “Approved Vegan” label marks our vegan garments and assures that the entire article as well as its manufacture are free from animal ingredients.’

The vegan collection is not small in any way whatsoever. I actually attempted to count how many options LANIUS had in their vegan collection, and it was well over 150+ (possibly way more, I had to stop scrolling!). Each piece is just as beautiful and timeless as the next. When scrolling through, you will see a few fibres stand out : Tencel Lyocell, organic cotton, organic linen, and recycled materials. The fashion pieces vary greatly and you can come here to find a great collection of capsule wardrobe pieces, staple items, formal wear, outdoor wear, and so much more.

Here are a few of my favourites from the collection:

Soft Sheath Dress

 

Soft Sheath Dress: 48% cotton, from controlled organic cultivation | 47% TENCEL™ Modalfibers | 5% elastane

 

Casual Marlene pants Lanius

 

Casual Marlene Pants: 82% cotton, from controlled organic cultivation | 18% linen

 

Lanius Kaftan Dress

 

Kaftan Dress: 82% cotton, from controlled organic cultivation | 18% linen

 

As an ethical fashion researcher and consumer, I was thrilled to see the large selection of cuts, colours, and styles. I often feel as though we have very limited options in this ethical fashion world and this is not the case with the LANIUS vegan fashion line. One thing that I was not too thrilled about was the sizing options that are offered. After looking through the site, I noticed that the sizes only range from a size 34-44. This would equal to a size 2-12 in the states.

I also noticed a lack of diversity and sizing in the models.

I am hoping that LANIUS will make more ethical pieces that are size inclusive, showcase the clothing in various sizes, and also showcase the clothing on a more diverse group of models. These are rather large issues in the sustainable and ethical fashion world and we do need to speak up about it as consumers and bloggers.

 

And that is it for us today, folks! Gosh, I love ya. Thank you so much for being here, for reading my articles, and for supporting my work every single day. I am so truly honoured to have you all in this community. A quick heads up on this blog post: LANIUS has sponsored my work here but has in no way pushed me or leveraged me to speak in any which way. I have truly fallen head over feels in love with this brand and cannot wait to share more about them with you all in the future! I highly recommend bookmarking their website for when you are in need of an ethically made, high quality, fair trade, and gorgeous number for your closet.

Chat with you all soon!

If you liked this blog post on the Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS, check these other ones out!

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Ethical Fashion Series Spotlight: Nomad’s Clothing 

7 Ways Parents Can Save the Earth From Home

 

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Sustainable Home Goods with Lüks

Our family has been on a sustainable and ethical fashion journey for nearly 1 year now and it has been life-changing. Once we became conscious of the hell that happens behind the scenes of the fast-fashion world, we decided that enough was enough and it was time to fight back.

Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.

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My journey to a sustainable and ethical closet has been nothing short of extraordinary. A few of the things I have learned so far? Read more

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How to Second Hand Shop like a Pro

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One Woman’s Trash is another Woman’s Fashion Treasure

How to shop second hand like a pro

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The Second Hand Online Industry is BOOMING!

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The days of driving/biking/walking around town looking for a deal/steal/bargain on quality items are now a thing of the past. With second-hand stores and vintage boutiques having a huge online presence, there is no need to spend over your budget!

This guide will help you on your journey to becoming a PROFESSIONAL second-hand shopper. From homeware to sunglasses to doggy beds…the second-hand industry has got it all. Read more

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Guide to Renting Clothes Online

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Yes, it’s true! Renting clothes is now easier and better than ever

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One thing that I learned over the years while attending family parties, weddings, and special events? Looking like a Queen is EXPENSIVE.

A beautiful and luxurious outfit can run you anywhere from $100 to $1000 and I don’t know about you, but neither one of those price tags are worth it for one night on the town. I ended up with over 7 different stunningly beautiful dresses that never saw the light of day; that is a shame.

A fashion shame, I tell ya!

Whoever thought up the idea of renting was a genius. This multi-billion dollar industry is growing bigger and bigger with every single special event. Renting has become as easy as a few clicks, delivery information and drop off.

But the question is, is this sustainable and ethical?

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Why Sustainable and Ethical Fashion Matters

Fast fashion isn’t free. Someone, somewhere, is paying.

It’s time to take the blindfold off.

Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.

Do you know how powerful you are? Do you know how much power the money in your wallet holds? It can change the World.

As consumers, we hold the power but most of us throw that power away for a 5 dollar t-shirt (I’m not judging, I’ve been there too many times to count). We look at the price and think to ourselves,

“What a STEAL!”

This price tag celebration is exactly what the fast fashion industry wants from us; they want us to only look at the price and forget about the fibers, quality, lifetime, production, labor, environmental factors and more. They do not want us to find out that this price tag is not only bad for the World but bad for our wallets as well. They do not want us to know that by supporting them, we have ended up supporting everything we are against.

With every ad, influencer, sponsored post, and scroll, we have become absolutely addicted to fashion. Our once 2-4 season wardrobe has turned into 52 micro-seasons by the fast fashion industry; pushing out new “must have” trends every single day.

You may feel taken advantage of and a bit uncomfortable at this moment, but I have good news for you! I will walk you through how to get out of this chaotic mess, how to get organized, how to build your perfect quality/sustainable/ethical capsule wardrobe and how to never support the fast fashion industry ever again.

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sustainable and ethical fashion

Sustainability?

Over-production and over-consumption are two of the keywords in fast fashion; consumers today are purchasing 60% more today than they did 15 years ago. You would think that we would have closets full of clothing at this point but sadly, our clothes last half as long.

I like to think of fast fashion as I like to think of fast food; it tastes so good in the moment despite the lingering guilt and knowledge that it is “bad”. You know it’s unhealthy but there is this (possibly unspoken of) addiction to the salt/sugar/grease and ease at which it is given to you. You are pulled in by the dollar menu and the bombardment of ads at every turn. You are comforted by the mass of people who are also giving into the cheap price and instant gratification. 

If you look at the statistics, the fast fashion industry creates 60 million tonnes of clothing per year, and 30 million tonnes is thrown out before the year closes. The more clothing the ends up in the landfills, the higher the cost for the economy. It costs the UK nearly 82 million pounds a year just to deal with the hugh increase in fast fashion trash.

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The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

It’s quite easy to jump the gun and blame the fashion industry for all of this mess, but the reality is, we are as much to blame as anyone. We have the POWER to stop this. We have absolute power over the fast fashion industry; they would be nothing without the consumers. It is imperative that we realize how much power we hold.

Pollution

The fast fashion industry is the World’s second largest polluter, after oil.

The fast fashion industry is not just taking over our landfills, it has major impacts on the World’s waste, toxic chemicals, water, and energy.

The real kick in the butt is that we, as consumers, have little to no education on how to properly dispose of these textiles when they are no longer wanted. Many simply toss out the ripped and stained items instead of properly recycling them to ensure the “rags” can turn into something new like paper, insulation or even carpeting. 

 

Need to Recycle Clothing? Click Me To Find a Location Near You!

 

The Fibers

 

Man-made, synthetic fibers make up nearly 60% of our clothing today and this is contributing to the seemingly endless pollution to our water systems. These synthetic garments are shedding billions of plastic fibers via our washing machine.

 

As consumers, we can stop purchasing any clothing made from polyester, nylon, acrylic, and spandex and begin purchasing from fibers like cotton, linen, bamboo, hemp, and various other fibers.

 

What do you do with all the synthetic garments that you have now?? Not to fear loves, you can keep them! You just need to learn how to WASH them.

 

Click here Get Plastic Out Of your Washing Machine!

 

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The Women

 

By subcontracting manufacturing overseas to the lowest bidder, fast fashion companies are able to pump out garments for cheaper than ever. Rather than having long-term relationships with the factories, companies are comfortable with abrupt break-ups — so if they want something faster, the factories have to keep up or lose their jobs.

 

This insane pressure on these factories has led to a horrible chain reaction of human rights violations, safety violations, sexual assault, fires, building collapses and the death of over 1000 workers.

 

Read More: WHY THE FAST FASHION INDUSTRY IS A FEMINIST ISSUE

 

 

The Children

 

According to UNICEF, a staggering 170 million children work in the garment industry. Many of these child laborers work within the fashion supply chain, making the textiles and garments to satisfy the demand of consumers in Europe, the US, and beyond.

 

The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) revealed that recruiters in southern India convince parents in impoverished rural areas to send their daughters to spinning mills with promises of a well-paid job, comfortable accommodation, three nutritious meals a day and opportunities for training and schooling, as well as a lump sum payment at the end of three years. Their field research shows that “in reality, they are working under appalling conditions that amount to modern day slavery and the worst forms of child labor”.

 

The Animals

 

Leather, Down, Wool, Silk, Fur, and Exotic Animal Skins; the fashion industry loves to kill for fashion.

 

The fur industry alone kills over 30 million animals per year; many of these beautiful creatures are skinned alive and left to die in the trash.

 

The leather industry is killing over 430 million animals per year; and NO, the leather industry is absolutely not a by-product of the meat industry. They are two totally different demons.

 

According to PETA, Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gassing, and poisoning. More than half the fur in the U.S. comes from China, where millions of dogs and cats are bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death, and sometimes even skinned alive for their fur. Chinese fur is often deliberately mislabeled, so if you wear any fur, there’s no way of knowing whose skin you’re in.

 

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Our Journey Together

Feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of this information? It is a lot to cover!

Do not fear. I will walk you through every step of your new sustainable and ethical fashion journey; from how to build a capsule wardrobe to how to stop buying and start renting. From how to choose the best vegan option to how to throw an amazing clothing swap party. From how to become a professional second-hand shopper to how to repair your clothes properly.

I am so excited you are here and I hope you are ready to change the World.

 

First Steps to Mindful Consumerism: sustainable and ethical fashion

  1. Buy from companies that are fair trade, sustainable, vegan and organic
  2. Purchase less often
  3. Purchase from high-quality fibers that will biodegrade
  4. Recycle your unwanted clothing
  5. Upcycle and turn your worn out pieces into something new
  6. Swap/rent clothes
  7. Buy second hand
  8. Repair instead of discard

 

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