October 4, 2011

Finally, a reason to stop wearing Uggs forever.

Uggs (and Fake Uggs, see below, even worse) are made from Fur & Skin, not just Wool.

I hate plastic. You wear plastic. I try not to. I wore plastic until the last 5 or so years, when I realized it wasn’t just “lycra” or “high-tech” or “nylon” or whatever. It’s all plastic and unhealthy for us and landfill for the planet. Maybe 2% gets recycled, and that’s a toxic, intensive process.

So, I love natural fibers. I love wool. But wool is often cruel--so you have to get it secondhand, ideally, like my old tweed jacket, or from a source that doesn’t get its wool cruelly. Mulesing ain’t cool.

And, then, sheepskin (like on my coat, or Uggs) ain’t wool. It’s fur. It’s murder.


What Pamela Anderson, who started the Uggs craze back in her Baywatch days, has to say about Uggs:

“I’m getting rid of our Uggs — I feel so guilty for that craze being started around Baywatch days — I used to wear them with my red swim suit to keep warm — never realizing that they were SKIN!” she wrote on her Web site.

The buxom blonde is an outspoken supporter of PETA and animal rights causes.

“I thought they were shaved kindly? People like to tell me all the time that I started that trend — yikes! Well let’s start a new one — do NOT buy Uggs! Buy Stella McCartney or juicy boots,” Anderson wrote.

Mulesing is common–so sourcing wool secondhand or from rare ethical is vital. Here’s a rebuttal.

Things like Uggs are god-awful horrific, sourcing-wise.

You can wear fake uggs from China? Love dogs? You can’t watch this video—but you can share it up.

“Swiss Activist release tape of dogs being Skinned Alive on chinese fur farms for cheap ugg counterfeits – VERY GRAPHIC – NSFW.”

We’ve blogged up this issue many times before, but it bears repeating—since we love to shop, but hate to see where what/who we bought came from.

“Fake Uggs, the kind that come from China, use dog fur…or so I’m told.”

See Reddit for more.

Click here for the NSFW, graphic video.

Warning: Graphic. Just because your boots are pretty doesn’t mean they don’t come from this:

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