“Veganism”, used to be a fad, is now widely-accepted as a lifestyle choice, which has been transformed from “diet-based veganism” to “environmental veganism”, banishing the use of animal-derived products. Choosing shoes, clothing and accessories that do not contain genuine leather, silk, fur, wool, feathers, bones, horns, shells and other animal-derived components is the doctrine followed by vegan consumers.
The trend has prompted retailers, manufacturers and brands to look for alternative raw materials, driving the development of sustainable fashion.
“Vegan claims”, substantiated and validated by independent third parties through testing, are being delivered to and trusted by consumers with the visual recognition of “vegan” mark.
PFI draws on its expertise and experience in the leather, footwear and textile industries and develops a test protocol to verify “vegan” footwear, apparel and accessories.
Vegan Product Verification program includes:
- Declaration of the Applicant
- Animal fibre screening (microscopic examination)
- Synthetic Material Screening (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy)
- Chemical testing of animal tracers/animal colloidal proteins (Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry)
Footwear, clothing and accessories that pass the tests required in our verification guarantee no animal-derived ingredients, thus giving extra confidence and helping vegan consumers make informed purchase decisions.