Fashion

Why are ASOS getting rid of all of their silk products?

They’re also axing any sales of feathers, mohair and cashmere.

By Kate Wagner

Mega fashion house — and website you spend a considerable amount of your paycheck on — ASOS has announced they're doing away with any products made using feathers, down, mohair, silk, cashmere, bone, teeth or shell from their website by early 2019. We're apparently just accepting there's clothing that contains teeth like that's not something to be disturbed by.

With its 12.4 million active customers across the globe, any of their 850 suppliers who do use animal byproducts will certainly feel the sting.

Their own range already bans products containing fur or materials from endangered and threatened species and has now added silk, cashmere and mohair to the strict policy.

They're passing on the philosophy to their suppliers, saying there will be no more orders for such products so they can be totally free by the end of January 2019.

ASOS' Animal Welfare policy declares: "ASOS firmly believes it is not acceptable for animals to suffer in the name of fashion or cosmetics."

The policy also states that suppliers can "only source certain types of leather, wool and other animal hair as a byproduct of the meat industry from suppliers with good animal husbandry".

PETA was predictably stoked with their decision and released a statement applauding the brand for leading the charge for "compassion in fashion".

"In response to PETA's campaigns, consumers are changing the face of the industry by demanding that designers and retailers ditch animal-derived materials in favour of cruelty-free alternatives that look great without causing suffering."

Now other international retails, including Zara, H&M, Topshop and Gap, are also being pressured to drop mohair from their stores.