Last week, Primark received a vegan mark for its clothing, shoes and carrier bags.
The Irish giant is the first fashion house in the world to be certified vegan by TÜV Rheinland, an independent international testing and certification service provider.
TÜV Rheinland Vegan Certification is inspected by a third party, and it is certified to products free of all animal-derived materials such as silk, wool, leather, pearl, feather, down, bone, exotic skins or fur.
The materials are either tested by microscopic analysis, fibre analysis or “other appropriate test methods.”
Additionally, suppliers must provide a declaration of conformity, proving that their products do not contain any raw materials of animal origin.
TÜV Rheinland certificates are globally recognized certification bodies accredited by a variety of national standards organisations to assure the customers that they are indeed buying vegan products.
Vegan fashion grows as consumers demand more sustainable and ethical products.
According to a recent study by a research firm Mintel, over a third of fashion shoppers want to buy cruelty-free products.
Last month, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) introduced new guidelines - called The Voluntary Guideline on Veganism in Fashion - to ensure that ‘vegan’ fashion items sold in the UK are 100 per cent free of animal products.