-While activists call for the abolishment of animal products by claiming "animal cruelty," what's really cruel is the effect of non-animal based products on the environment.
For decades the voice of activists, in the name of animal rights, have been demonizing the use of wool, mohair and other animal protein fibers while advocating for the use of non-animal products such as faux shearling, vegan pleather, rayon and rayon related products (seacell, lyocell, viscose, modal, tencel et al.) So, what's so bad about products such as these? None of the animal product replacements mentioned above are natural. You can't grow pleather, nor can you grow rayon. Since none of these "non animal" alternatives are grown, they must be manufactured, and where there's manufacturing, there are chemicals. In an attempt at avoiding animal products, plastic is embraced. Polyester (made from the same components as rigid plastics such as water and soda bottles) is the one fabric which dominates the worlds market. It's estimated that 60% of clothing has some polyester component.
Almost all plastics release estrogenic chemicals; chemicals which mimic estrogen. Most people have heard of BPA as leaching estrogenic compounds, but researchers have found almost every single type of plastic tests positive for some type of estrogen. Environmental estrogens are endocrine disruptors and have been shown to change the sex in Slider turtles and feminize male reptiles and fish.