Ethical lifestyles are on the rise: around 14 per cent of the UK's population is now vegetarian, according to Compare the Market, and more people than ever are adopting flexitarian, pescatarian and vegan diets. Since heartbreaking images of rubbish-filled oceans reached our TV screens in the BBC's Blue Planet, we've been swept up by a plastic-free movement that's still gaining momentum, too.
But while plastic-free living has well and truly found its way into our homes, we're yet to see animal-friendly vegan homeware hit high street stores around the UK. Until now, that is. Since PETA's first Vegan Homeware Awards last year, the shops we love have taken on the cause with renewed passion. This year, Anthropologie, Ikea and Zara are among the winners of the awards, which celebrate the best designs and innovations for a cruelty-free home.
Now, with new homeware releases comes a new shopping list. Not sure where to start? Here's what you should be buying for a more ethical home right now...
Silk makes any room instantly more luxurious, but it comes at a price for the silkworms that are used to make it. Make your next silk buy cruelty-free by investing in a set of vegan bedlinen like The White Company's Camborne collection, which is made in Portugal from 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton.
Elsewhere, global travel-inspired brand YONDER has revolutionised environmentally-friendly cactus silk to create beautiful pastel-coloured cushions and pouffes with a tropical twist.
Velvet sofas might be all the rage right now, but leather sofas have stood the test of time for decades. For your next purchase, consider opting for a vegan alternative to do your bit for the planet. Maisons du Monde's clic clac sofa bed is 100 per cent vegan with a coated textile covering, so you can sit back and relax in the knowledge that you're helping the animals.
Sheepskin rugs and wool sofas make for a cosy home, but what looks great in your living room isn't necessarily good for the planet. Enter the high street, which is making waves with its animal-friendly alternatives to common home accessories.
Zara's plain weave multicoloured blanket won PETA's award for the best wool-free blanket, while Anthropologie's turquoise Angelina sofa, made with polyester 'wool', rightly earned 'Best Vegan Sofa'. Love your sheepskin rug too much to part with it? Try IKEA's Fårdrup design for a luxurious product at a low environmental cost.
Oxford-based Vegan Bunny's ginger soy candle is perfect for an at-home spa day thanks to the luscious scent of ginger and lemongrass. Made from hand-poured soy wax, ginger and lemongrass essential oils, this vegan candle alternative is 100 per cent natural and so good you won't look back.