H&M and Leona Lewis Among Winners of PETA’s Inaugural Vegan Wedding Awards

H&M and Leona Lewis Among Winners of PETA’s Inaugural Vegan Wedding Awards

London – As vegan weddings were named one of the biggest trends of the upcoming season, PETA is proposing its first-ever Vegan Wedding Awards to celebrate the companies and influential people who are helping couples say their vows in style – without harming animals or the environment.

Leona Lewis won the Vegan Wedding Influencer Award for her gorgeous all-vegan wedding in Italy, and the Luxury Award went to Sanyukta Shrestha for its high-end gowns, blouses, and more. Indiebride won Best Bridal Dresses for its stunning, sustainable dress range made without silk. Beyond Skin nabbed Best Bridal Shoes, and the award for Best Bridesmaids’ Dresses went to H&M for its abundance of silk-free lyocell garments.

For the groom, King & Allen took Best Suits and Will’s Vegan Store was a step ahead of the competition for Best Groom Shoes. The award for Best Catering went to Planted, and Heart of Cake won Best Cakes for its egg- and dairy-free delicacies.

Shropshire Petals took home Best Eco-Friendly Confetti, and to mastermind all the details of the occasion, Amethyst Weddings got the nod for Best Wedding Planning Service. A complete list of winners is available here.

No caring couple would want their wedding to represent an animal graveyard,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA is recognising the industry players that are making it easier than ever to say ‘I do’ to an eco- and animal-friendly celebration.”

Animals killed for leather shoes endure castration, branding, and tail-docking, all without painkillers; silkworms are boiled alive in their cocoons for silk dresses; and for wool suits, workers punch, kick, and even kill gentle sheep in shearing sheds. And of course, animals raised and killed for food endure intensive confinement for the entirety of their miserable lives before their throats are slit in abattoirs. Vegan food and clothing also have a much smaller carbon footprint, as animal agriculture is a leading driver of the climate crisis.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

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