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Winners of the Vegan Homeware Awards

IKEA, Heal’s and among winners of PETA Vegan Homeware Awards 2017
Šimon Kern – Beleaf Chair

From vegan sofas to silk-free sheets, PETA has announced the winners of its first Vegan Homeware Awards, which celebrate the best designs and innovations for a cruelty-free home.

Thanks to the award-winners, more and more cruelty-free options are becoming available for shoppers who want to avoid leather, feathers, wool, and silk.

Winning innovations

Rockett St George has won Best Vegan Sofa for its vintage faux-cowhide design, Debenhams is recognised for its innovative microfibre technology in the Best Down-Free Bedding category, the Best Silk-Free Sheets award goes to Habitat for its luxe Egyptian cotton Sateen range and IKEA has taken the Best Faux-Sheepskin Rug award for its soft and warm Tejn rug.

Other winners include Slovakian designer Šimon Kern, who received the Innovation Award for his Beleaf Chair. The prototype chair is designed to make the most of natural waste. The seat rests on a tubular steel skeleton – intended to last for hundreds of years – and is made from a mixture of leaves and bio-resin made from leftover cooking oil. The material is pressed into a mould and, once set, sanded and attached to the framework.

Award-winning vegan designer Emily Turnbull took home the Influencer Award. She has created compassionate modern interiors for Fred Perry stores, hotels, private homes and eateries including vegan café The Den and ‘vish’ and chips van Battered.

‘Home is where the heart is – and compassionate consumers are driving the demand for beautiful vegan homeware. Forward-thinking designers are experimenting with sustainable and cutting-edge vegan materials and offering a great variety of cruelty-free choices to suit every home and budget.’

PETA director

Benefits of vegan fabrics

PETA exposés have revealed that many animals killed for leather endure castration, branding, tail-docking and dehorning without painkillers before finally being skinned and dismembered while they’re still conscious.

Terrified geese are painfully live-plucked for their feathers in China, and workers punch and kick gentle sheep and even break their necks while violently shearing them for their wool.

In addition to being kinder to animals, vegan fabrics – natural or synthetic – have an environmental footprint that is minor compared with the devastation caused by factory farming and the chemicals that must be used to prevent animal-derived materials from decomposing in people’s homes.

The winners

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