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US Designer Creates Vegan Cashmere From Plant-Based Sources

by | October 31, 2019

KD New York has created an eco-conscious vegan alternative to cashmere.

Known as Vegetable Cashmere, the new material for the collection has been developed to combat the environmental impact of demand for its traditional counterpart. This high-end fiber is typically made from the undercoat of cashmere goats. 

The company has now launched a Kickstarter so that an entire collection can be made from the new material. The campaign is currently over halfway to its $51,500 goal.

“Mass-producing cashmere at a cheap price point is terribly unsustainable and detrimental to animals and the earth” said the co-founder of KD New York, David Lee, in an email to Raise Vegan.

“I have been working on an earth and animal-friendly alternative for over five years. We are now ready to roll out our first Vegetable Cashmere athleisure collection through a Kickstarter campaign.”

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The company is raising money on Kickstarter to fund an entire collection (Source: Provided)

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The creation of the new animal-friendly material started with Lee working with soy-based yarns, eventually developing a blend entirely from certified organic plants. 

The vegan alternative is completely free from any animal products, and is also biodegradable and machine-washable.  

Additionally, the soybean fiber that is used is made from reclaimed byproducts of the soy industry, which would otherwise be going to waste.

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