Veganism is starting to become a popular lifestyle choice for many consumers

Veganism is starting to become a popular lifestyle choice for many consumers

Testing and audit services provider TÜV SÜD has launched a vegan product certification for apparel, footwear and home textiles. 

The certification aims to demonstrate companies' animal-friendly commitments by ensuring that the final textile or leather products do not contain animal-derived materials through a series of material composition tests as well as audits and monitoring of the production process. The final goal is to make it easier and more reliable for consumers to purchase vegan products.

An increasing number of consumers and organisations are concerned with animal rights: they believe that animals are not intended for human consumption, clothing, experimentation or any other forms of abuse. Veganism is also starting to become a popular lifestyle choice for many consumers. 

Vegan clothing, footwear and home textile products refer to products that are produced without exploiting animal derived materials, such as leather, fur, animal fibre (such as wool, silk), glue, dye and chemical substances (such as beeswax, carmine dye extracted from cochineal insects) in the production process. 

As well as ensuring that materials used in the products don't contain any animal derived materials, factories must also take adequate control measures to ensure that final products are not adulterated with animal derived ingredients. 

TÜV SÜD's unified standards and testing procedures for vegan product certification cover three activities: a non-animal derived component test, a review list of materials and chemicals used during production, and production surveillance to ensure the product does not contain or mix with animal source ingredients. 

After passing the certification, companies will be granted a vegan product certification mark issued by TÜV SÜD, indicating that not only do they declare the product vegan, but also have been tested and inspected by an independent third-party. 

Companies will be able to use the exclusive certification mark on vegan products or its packaging, sales website and other publicity materials. 

Consumers purchasing such goods can simply and easily learn the characteristics of the product, to ensure that the goods purchased do not contain animal-sourced ingredients, for peace of mind.

Earlier this year the British Retail Consortium (BRC) issued new guidelines to help retailers and brands source vegan fashion products, setting out steps and questions to ask both internally and of suppliers when purchasing products that claim to be free from animal-derived materials.

German luxury fashion brand Hugo Boss has launched its first animal-free men's suit, certified with the PETA-Approved Vegan logo; and UK fashion retailer New Look has registered ranges with The Vegan Society's Vegan Trademark.

More than 1,000 fashion brands and designers around the world, including Topshop, have certified products or collections with the PETA-Approved Vegan logo since it was introduced in 2013.