I never thought I would be the type to be wear a vegan tee. But a couple of years ago, my then boyfriend (now husband) gave me one for Christmas that read “Another F**king Vegan”. And right then and there, my love of vegan t-shirts was born! While that particular tee hasn’t had too many outings (for fear of scaring small children, or their parents), I’ve noticed is that every time I wear one, I always end up in conversation about veganism (usually with someone who isn’t vegan). Win!
Given that clothing is a form of self-expression, it’s not surprising that slogan t-shirts, vegan ones included, are a popular and powerful form of activism. Slogan tees (and other apparel) usually highlight social injustices. They make a statement about what you believe in and help you identify with others who feel the same way (so you can more easily find and connect with your tribe).
I’m not alone in believing in their power as conversation starters. In an interview with Allure, Kristina Haugland, the Le Vine associate curator of costume and textiles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, who spearheaded the 2017 Text in Fashion exhibition believes that highly visible messages can serve as important conversation starters, saying “You empower and encourage others to speak up or become more active as well.”
So whether it’s a family dinner, a new date, a trip to the shops, or you just feel like flexing your plant based creds, vegan t-shirts are the perfect way to let the world know you’re part of an exclusive (but growing) group of passionate humans who care about the planet and the animals we share it with.
Top picks for vegan t-shirts
The Vegan Prophets – all their garments are designed with a single mission in mind, being for people to wear vegan messages that are consistent with defending animal rights. They believe that by wearing them in our everyday, think the gym, a class, shopping, we are contributing to social change. And based on my personal experience, I have to agree.
I also love that The Vegan Prophets donate a percentage of each purchase to animal organisations and vegan associations. Plus they’re committed to sustainability with all their garments compliant with environmental and ethical standards (meaning no child labour or low wages).
Batch1 – this independent London-based clothing brand specialises in ethically made-to-order, feel-good graphic t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies. Here’s a pair sold through Hardtofind that include free shipping.
Vegan Outfitters – with a mission to spread compassion, one tee at a time, you’ll feel great knowing that a percentage of the cost of your new tee is donated to a UK animal sanctuary – so quite literally saving lives. As with any great vegan brand, Vegan Outfitters also take the issue of sustainability seriously, so no child labour or sweatshops or plastic wrapping.
If you’re into something a little more subtle and want your purchase to help farm animals, try these vegan t-shirts from Flora and Fauna that support Where Pigs Fly Animal Sanctuary.
Prior to launching The Vegan Company, Melissa co-founded Meat Free Week, an award-winning, global campaign aimed at raising awareness of the impact excessive meat consumption and production has on animals, the environment and human health.
Having traded life in the city and a successful career in magazine publishing for the serenity of coastal-country living, Melissa now lives in northern NSW, Australia with her husband, two daughters and a colourful menagerie.
Melissa believes there’s a huge shift occurring in the way the world views and treats animals and is excited to be a part of the global vegan movement driving this.
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