Where can you find the best vegan belts? In this guide we’ll outline the most popular vegan belt brands, how to find “accidentally vegan” vegan belts at mainstream stores like Target and Walmart, and what vegan leather belts are made from. The sky is the limit these days — we have beautiful belt options made from cloth, cork, vegan suede, mushroom leather, cactus leather, recycled tire rubber, and beyond.
Once you start making more conscious food choices, you’re likely to become more aware or “woke” in other aspects of your life too. Which is probably why you’re here! We vote with our dollars and the brands and products we buy do have an impact on others, whether we think about it or not. Just as choosing vegan food can help create a kinder world, so can choosing ethical products, clothing, and even belts! So today we’re going to talk all about just that: vegan belts.
Are you ready to give your belt collection an upgrade? You have a few options. You can support specifically vegan belt brands that are ethically made—although these do tend to be a bit more expensive. Or, if you’re shopping on a budget, you can look for “accidentally vegan” synthetic belts at mainstream stores like Target, TJMaxx, and Walmart. And of course, the most sustainable option of all…you can buy belts secondhand!
If you’re looking for “accidentally vegan” belts, you’re likely to find them at big stores that carry lower-cost items (since non-leather belts are generally much more affordable than leather). Check the belts they carry for labels that say:
If you have the financial flexibility to support more conscious brands that are specifically vegan, that’s wonderful! Below you’ll see some of the most popular specifically vegan belt brands.
If you check out some of the stellar vegan belt brands above, you’ll notice that there are tons of different materials that can be used to make belts—without harming animals. Some of the most common include:
There are many new types of sustainable vegan leather innovations coming to life too, such as pineapple leather, tree bark leather, apple leather, and even mushroom leather. It’s exciting to see fashion industry icons like Stella McCartney embracing these new more sustainable fabric options.
One of the questions that every new vegan asks when they start to move to non-leather belts and cruelty-free clothing is:
“What should I do with my old leather belts (and leather bags, and leather boots, and all my other non-vegan items)?”
We discuss this question in depth in our Vegan Clothing & Fashion episode of the Plant-Powered People Podcast. But in short, you have a few options. Which route you take is completely up to you, your comfort level, and your financial means.
What NOT to do: Please, please, please don’t just throw your non-vegan items away.
While it may not “feel good” to wear or use items that aren’t aligned with your ethics, the reality is we can’t go back in time and un-buy items we’ve purchased. If you just throw them away, that animal died in vain. There are people in need who can’t afford clothing, and to throw away something that’s in usable condition is needlessly wasteful. Accept the imperfection of the situation and just commit to making more conscious buying choices going forward!
We hope this helps you figure out what to do with your non-vegan belts and other items, and empowers you to choose more thoughtfully produced items going forward!
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I’ve been looking for a scratchless vegan belt for quite sometime. I’m a guitarist as well as an instrument dealer and can’t have a buckle that scratches. I’ve seen lots of leather (mechanics belts or musician belts) but can’t seem to find any vegan ones. I’d be interested for myself and in becoming a dealer if you can find any. Thank you so much for your time.