News

Stella McCartney to Make Vegan Shoes from Ocean Trash

The designer has partnered with plastic recycling company Parley for the Oceans to create new animal-free bags, shoes, and outerwear to reduce waste.

Vegetarian designer Stella McCartney will produce new, animal-free apparel using recycled plastic fibers sourced from the ocean. McCartney partnered with conservation organization Parley for the Oceans to obtain a yarn fiber, which the company creates from old fishing nets, bottles, and other trash that pollutes the oceans. McCartney will replace polyester with the recycled plastic yarn in designs for bags, shoes, and outerwear which she plans to begin rolling out this July. “Leather is cheaper than some of the non-leather alternatives,” McCartney told the New York Times. “It’s less interesting, it’s less modern. Every element of it, to me, is not particularly luxurious or fashionable.” While the designer still uses wool and silk, she launched her brand in 2001 with the intent to create luxury fashion without the use of animal fur or leather. “Is a recycled plastic ever going to be something people think is a luxury?” McCartney said. “If they don’t notice it and if they feel that living on this planet longer is a luxury, then yes, to me … that’s my idea of luxury.” Over the years, the designer has been paramount in changing the perception that animal skins are necessary to creating luxury apparel, and debuted a “Skin-free Skin” collection—made from a vegan suede-like material—during this year’s Paris Fashion Week in March.

More News

Rainn Wilson from The Office Adopts Vegan Diet

The man who played Dwight Schrute—the hunting, beet farming, Battlestar Galactica-loving assistant to regional manager on The Office—now calls himself "The Fifty-Year-Old Vegan."
Read More »

Impossible Burger Embarks on a 6,000-Mile Road Trip

The company will also host a Meateasy—a 1920s-style speakeasy where guests enter through an unlikely storefront and discuss the past, present, and future of food.
Read More »

NYC Restaurateur Plans to Open 24-Hour Vegan Diner

Ravi DeRossi announces plans to open vegan diner Doll Face as part of the 12 eateries the vegan restaurateur hopes to open in the next two years.
Read More »

New York State Bans Elephants in Circuses

Governor Andrew Cuomo signs legislation to outlaw the exploitation of the gentle giants for entertainment across the state of New York.
Read More »

Unilever Chefs Draft Manifesto with Plant-Based Goals

Worldwide chefs are creating a manifesto that will help restructure global food systems to reduce waste, promote healthier eating, and focus more on plant-based ingredients.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »