ASOS bans fur and other animal byproducts from online stores
Online global retailer ASOS have recently announced a global ban on the production and retailing of animal byproducts sold through their online store.
Following the ban of fur, the retailer have updated their animal welfare policy to including the abolishment of mohair, cashmere, angora, silk, bone and shell.
Although applauded by Australian animal welfare group, PETA, news of the ASOS global ban on animal- derived materials is now a subject of debate.
Clare Press, sustainability editor at Vogue Australia has taken her opinion piece to social media, sharing her thoughts on the news and opening conversation on a complicated topic that isn't just black or white, stating,
'It’s complicated, and to me at least this Asos story feels a little too cynically crowd-pleasing'.
We know it is far cheaper to manufacture clothing from synthetic fibers, so could this all just be a marketing ploy by ASOS to convince consumers this is the right move - despite the enormous harm the ban will have on the environment?
The ban will come into full effect January 2019.
You can read Clare's article 'Why has Asos banned mohair, cashmere and silk' here.
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